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Samantha  Bernstein works at Marler Clark Law Firm , helping to give victims of foodborne illness a strong voice. She is an advocate for food safety after both her sisters were sickened with E.coli 0157:H7. She holds a Visual Art Management degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and previously worked as a gallery art director before following her true passion across the country.

My life changed forever in June 1996, when my two little sisters were stricken with E. coli O157:H7 infections after eating “triple-washed, ready-to-eat” mesclun lettuce. At first, they suffered horrendous cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. While Chelsea soon recovered, Haylee — who was just three years old at the time — fell critically ill with hemolytic…