Claire Mitchell

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Claire received her J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law with a concentration in Energy and the Environment in May 2010. She received her B.A., majoring in English, from Villanova University, magna cum laude. During law school, Claire served as Articles Editor for the Hofstra Labor & Employment Law Journal, was elected President of the Legal Emergency Aid Project and elected Treasurer of Hofstra Law Women. She is currently pursuing an LL.M. degree in Food and Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law. In August 2010, Claire was selected as the recipient of the Marler Clark Graduate Assistantship, part of a new public/private partnership that will allow the University of Arkansas School of Law to partner with leaders in the food and agricultural legal communities. Although she began the LL.M. Program in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Claire is now living in Seattle in order to devote more time to her work at Marler Clark and is completing her LL.M. degree through distance learning. In addition to her academic and professional commitments, Claire blogs on Food Poison Journal and has been published in the Food and Drug Law Institute's Update and the American Agricultural Law Association's Update.

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FDA announced today that Carol’s Cuts LLC, Kansas food processor, is recalling 594 pounds of fresh cut cantaloupe packaged in 5-pound trays as chunks and as an ingredient in 8-ounce mixed fruit medley because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The Carol’s Cuts recall is part of a larger recall involving cantaloupe traced to Rocky Ford cantaloupes produced by Jensen Farms in Holly, Colorado. FDA confirmed that listeria was found in…
In the midst of a deadly outbreak of listeriosis that has sickened at least 55 people in 14 states, including 1 confirmed illness in Montana, the Montana Department of Health and Human Services (DPHHS) just recently reported that it has been receiving many reports of gastroenteritis outbreaks in schools, child day care settings and nursing homes. Since early September, several hundred people throughout the state have experienced vomiting, diarrhea, and nausea lasting 24 to…
A press release from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) indicated that the five isolates sent to CDC do match the Listeria multistate outbreak. The agencies anticipate that Kansas will soon be added to the CDC’s report. In addition to the newly confirmed Kansas cases, the latest reports from the CDC show that, so far, a total of 55 persons infected with the 4 outbreak-associated strains…
Earlier this week KRQE News 13 in Albuquerque, New Mexico reported its fourth death that was confirmed to be part of the multistate outbreak of listeriosis that has now claimed 4 other lives and sickened at least 55 persons from 14 states (these numbers are expected to increase), according to the CDC. New Mexico now leads the country in the number of listeriosis deaths related to this outbreak. The New Mexico Department of Health reported…
A little over a week ago, health officials in Green County, Wisconsin announced to the public that they were investigating an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that began in mid-August. The outbreak claimed the life of a 20-month-old girl and sickened at least 8 others. Today, health officials report that they are still struggling to find the source. Steven Elbow of The Capital Times, who has been following the health department’s investigation of the…
Today marks the last day that the City of Lubbock will be administering the Hepatitis A vaccine to those patrons of Cheddar’s Casual Café located on 4009 S. Loop 289 in Lubbock, Texas who may have been exposed to Hepatitis A from a restaurant worker. According to a report by Nicole Garza, there may have been “several thousand The health department will be offering the free shots at their clinic at the Lubbock Memorial…
Del Bueno of Grandview, Washington is recalling all 16oz. size packages of Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese with a date stamp of September 14, 2011 because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A routine sampling program by Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed that the cheese is contaminated with Listeria. Queso Fresco Casero Fresh Cheese was sold in retail markets in Washington and at the Pasco, Washington flea market. The…
Today was the first day that residents of Lubbock, Texas were able to receive Hepatitis A vaccinations from the Lubbock Health Department as a result of possible exposure to the virus from an infected employee at Cheddar’s Casual Café located at on 4009 S. Loop 289. The vaccinations became available two days after City officials announced that patrons of the restaurant could have been exposed to the virus. Unfortunately, due to State budget cuts, the…
In the wake of a City of Lubbock announcement that patrons of Cheddar’s Casual Café may have been exposed to hepatitis A, food safety experts at Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, are calling on restaurants such as Cheddar’s to require employees be vaccinated against the virus. On September 13, the city announced that all patrons of Cheddar’s Casual Café on 4009 S. Loop 289 who dined at the restaurant between August 31…
Perhaps the answer to that question is yes. Hepatitis A is one of five human hepatitis viruses (hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E) that primarily infect the liver and cause illness. An estimated 80,000 cases occur each year in the U.S., although much higher estimates have been proposed based on mathematical modeling of the past incidence of infection. Each year, an estimated 100 persons die as a result of acute liver failure in the U.S. due…