During my time at Marler Clark, I have had the chance to witness and work on some of the most tragic and profoundly disturbing foodborne illness outbreaks our firm has encountered. 

Here are a few of the recent, particularly alarming outbreaks—some of which I had extensive

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The FDA has released extensive information about the status of its work to improve its monitoring of infant formula production and its handling of complaints about the safety of formula.

Problems with the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to watch for problems and respond to complaints about infant formula were

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Abbott Laboratories is recalling more than 226,000 packets of Similac brand Probiotic Tri-Blend baby food because of “serious adverse reactions to product in preterm infants.”

The company initiated the recall on Oct. 31 and it is ongoing. It was just posted by the Food and Drug Administration on its “access

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The FDA has issued a general warning and a specific warning letter regarding the use of probiotics in pre-term infants. Some products have been linked with more than two dozen reported “adverse events” since 2018 and one death in 2023, the agency said.

Probiotics contain live bacteria or other microorganisms

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The Food and Drug Administration has released an update on its work to develop a strategy to help prevent Cronobacter sakazakii illnesses related to powdered infant formula.

The agency is working on the strategy as part of its response to an outbreak of illnesses and the subsequent temporary closure of

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The Abbott infant formula recall could have been prevented. The FDA had reports of safety failures months before the contaminated formula sickened babies and caused two deaths.

I sent these T-shirts to the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, which is tasked to make recommendations as to

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Top FDA officials are calling on manufacturers of infant formula to clean up their act.

In a letter this week Robert M. Califf, FDA Commissioner, and Susan T. Mayne, Director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, addressed concerns about infant formula along the food chain, speaking to

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Today Frank Yiannas informed Commissioner Robert Califf of the U. S. Food and Drug Administration that he will be resigning his position as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of Food Policy and Response at the FDA effective Feb. 24.

“I am honored to have served the American public, alongside each

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