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

Continue Reading The Litigated Dish: Recounting the most startling recent foodborne illness outbreaks

Eight times since 2017, growers of leafy greens, especially those producing Romaine lettuce, have been rocked by outbreaks of E. coli O157:H7.  The pathogen associated with the intestines of cows rode in on the greens, causing sicknesses, sending people to hospitals for treatment of kidney ailment, and, oh yes

Continue Reading There’s a break in leafy green outbreaks, but work to eliminate them forever continues


People always ask me why do leafy green E. coli outbreaks keep happening. I think the bottom line is that retailers, restaurants, growers, processors and the government simply do not give a cow’s pie about the sickened and/or dead consumers – they are simply the cost of

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Researchers in Canada have detailed the first known outbreak of E. coli O157 associated with kimchi outside of East Asia.

Fourteen Shiga-toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 cases were identified in two provinces in Western Canada. Thirteen patients lived in Alberta and one in Saskatchewan.

Symptom onset dates ranged from Dec. 11, 2021 to

Continue Reading Researchers describe first Canadian kimchi E. coli outbreak

An outbreak of infections from the Cyclospora parasite that sickened hundreds in Florida in 2022 is just now being reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC report did not say why the agency delayed revealing information about the outbreak, which it attributed to an unnamed

Continue Reading CDC just now releases information on 2022 outbreak from foodborne parasite in salad

Revolution Farms of Caledonia, MI, has just announced a recall of 15 kinds of its packaged salads that were made in April because of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The recalled salad mixes were packed between March 3 and March 11. Some have best-by dates as late as March 28.


Continue Reading Revolution Farms recalls pre-packaged salads because of positive Listeria test

Teresa Bergholz and Jade Mitchell, both Ph.D.’s with Michigan State University (MSU), hope to characterize the changes that E. coli O157:H7 goes through on romaine lettuce during post-harvest cold storage.

Their project is titled “Quantifying risk associated with changes in EHEC physiology during post-harvest pre-processing stages of leafy green production.”

Continue Reading Project examines E. coli’s viability during romaine post-harvest cooling