Bill Marler

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Bill Marler is an accomplished personal injury lawyer and national expert on foodborne illness litigation. He began representing victims of foodborne illness in 1993, when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the Jack in the Box E. coli O157:H7 outbreak, resulting in her landmark $15.6 million settlement. Marler founded Food Safety News in 2009.

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As of December 7, 2018, this outbreak investigation is over. A total of 25 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- were reported from six states. Eleven people were hospitalized, including one death reported from New York. Kosher chicken products were contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- and made people sick. In interviews, ill people reported eating kosher chicken, and when asked about the specific brand eaten, several people reported Empire Kosher brand. The outbreak strain was…
The CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, Canada, and the FDA are investigating a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 (E. coli O157:H7) infections. As of December 6, 2018, 52 people infected with the outbreak strain of E. coli O157:H7 have been reported from 15 states. CA (11), CT (1), FL (1), IL (2), LA (1), MA (1), MD (1), MI (7), NH (6), NJ (11), NY (6), OH (1), PA (1), RI (1), WI…
An additional 126 ill people from 13 states were included in this investigation since the last update on October 23, 2018. Three more states reported ill people: Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Missouri. Most illnesses in Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas. As of November 15, 2018, 246 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 25 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to October 16, 2018. Fifty-nine people have been…
An Eat Smart salad, Sweet Kale, has been recalled from stores because of a possible listeria monocytogenes contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced Tuesday consumers should not eat the product, advising it either be thrown out or returned. Those who do eat the salad are recommended to call a doctor if they feel sick. Symptoms can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, headaches and neck stiffness. The recalled product is in the 156-gram…
This is Montlha Ngobeni of Polokwane – 1st named in the Tiger Brands class action and baby Theto, who got listeriosis from her in the womb. Theto turns 1 on Dec 22 but has yet to crawl, and she’s had three operations to insert shunts to drain fluid from her brain. It will be told fully as the litigation proceeds.  See, https://listeriaclassaction.co.za 
Summary In a new report, the Consumer Federation of America examines the legal and scientific foundations for USDA policy on Salmonella in raw meat and poultry. The report explains why the law authorizes federal regulators to treat Salmonella as an adulterant in raw meat and poultry, and it describes five policy options for harnessing new research and technology to protect public health. Findings The report shows that reforms to reduce Salmonella in raw meat…
JBS Tolleson, Inc., a Tolleson, Ariz. establishment, is recalling approximately 12,093,271 pounds of non-intact raw beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The raw, non-intact beef items, including ground beef, were packaged on various dates from July 26, 2018 to Sept. 7, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:  [Products List (PDF) | Product Labels (PDF only)|…
Hundreds sicken and hospitalized, dozens with kidney failure and 7 deaths from romaine in the last 12 months in the U.S. and Canada and the response from industry and government has been what?  Please put labels on the product so we know when the next outbreak happens that we might know where it came from. No discussion about reviving the water rules? No discussion about safe irrigation water? No discussion about dealing with CAFOs and…
That is the Microbiological Date Program – deceased. Hundreds sicken and hospitalized, dozens with kidney failure and 7 deaths from romaine in the last 12 months in the U.S. and Canada and the response from industry and government has been what?  Please put labels on the product so we know when the next outbreak happens that we might know where it came from.  No discussion about reviving the water rules?  No discussion about safe irrigation…
Total Sick – 350 Hospitalized – 162 Kidney Failure – 31 Deaths – 7 In 2017 in Canada, a total, of 42 cases of E. coli O157 illness were reported in five eastern provinces: Ontario (8), Quebec (15), New Brunswick (5), Nova Scotia (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (13). Seventeen individuals were hospitalized. One individual died. Individuals who became ill were between the ages of 3 and 85 years of age. The majority of cases (74%)…