Denis Stearns

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Denis Stearns, is of-counsel at Marler Clark, earned a BA in philosophy from Seattle University, and his law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He graduated from both schools with high honors, and won numerous awards for service and academic excellence. Prior to being a partner at Marler Clark, Denis worked as one of the lead attorneys on the defense team that represented Jack in the Box against the hundreds of claims and lawsuits arising from the historic 1993 E. coli O157:H7 outbreak. In this role, he obtained extensive knowledge of the meat and foodservice industry, health and safety regulations, HACCP and other food safety systems, epidemiology, and foodborne illness. He is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to food safety law, administrative regulation, and public health policy.

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300 Sickened. Cabarrus Health Alliance received preliminary test results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to food samples from the Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church BBQ held on November 1, 2018. Samples of the barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, cole slaw and barbecue sauce were all tested to identify potential cause for illness. The Brunswick stew cultures tested positive for C. perfringens. C. perfringensis a common cause for food poisoning and infection often…
Majestic Meat Company, a Salt Lake City, Utah establishment, is recalling approximately 532 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The bulk ground beef, ground beef patties, and meatballs were produced on November 8, 2018. The product list can be found here. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 19915” inside the USDA mark…
Ruck’s Meat Processing of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, is voluntarily recalling a variety of sausage products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. During routine sampling, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) inspectors discovered the product was processed in a manner that could result in possible Listeria contamination. The MDA and the company have not received any reports of adverse reactions or illness due to consumption of this product. Ruck’s Meat Processing sausage products subject to this…
As of October 23, 2018, 120 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Newport have been reported from 22 states. Illnesses started on dates ranging from August 5, 2018 to September 28, 2018. Thirty-three people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. On October 4, 2018, JBS Tolleson, Inc., of Tolleson, Arizona, recalled approximately 6.5 million pounds of beef products, including ground beef, which may be contaminated with Salmonella Newport. Recalled beef products were produced and…
Onions Suspected. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is investigating possible Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes contamination of several vegetable products from McCain Foods USA, Inc., that has led to the recall of a number of products including salads and wraps that used the vegetables from McCain Foods as ingredients. On October 14th, McCain Foods initiated a recall of their products out of an abundance of caution. Most…
As of October 15, 2018, 92 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Infantis have been reported from 29 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page. Alabama 1, California 1, Connecticut 1, Delaware 2, Florida 2, Georgia 2, Hawaii 1, Illinois 5, Indiana 1, Kentucky 1, Louisiana 2, Maine 1, Maryland 2, Massachusetts 9, Michigan 3, Minnesota…
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut products produced at the company’s facility located at 16-701 Macadamia Road in Kea‘au, Hawai‘i between Sept. 6-21 have been voluntarily recalled due to potential contamination of Eschericia coli (E. coli). The recall follows a detection of E. coli in the well water and distribution system that supplies the Kea‘au facility. No illnesses related to the water have been reported to the state. All retailers of Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut products are…
CTI Foods LLC, an Owingsville, Ky., establishment, is recalling approximately 6,720 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) Philly Beef Steak products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The RTE Philly Beef Steak products were produced on Aug. 9, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: 672 cardboard cases labeled Classic Sysco having a NET WT of 10 lbs. The cardboard cases contain four…
According to the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health): As has been reported by local media, the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) is investigating a potential foodborne illness cluster following numerous, independent complaints of foodborne illness reported by individuals who have dined at Pasha’s Mediterranean Grill on Wurzbach Road during the past Labor Day weekend. As of Sept. 5, more than 60 individuals reported foodborne illness symptoms after eating at this food…
La Luz Mexican Grill and 200 Walnut St. in Fort Collins remains closed after a Salmonella illness outbreak hit the Old Town Fort Collins restaurant earlier this month. Larimer County Health Department spokesperson Katie O’Donnell said that, as of Tuesday afternoon, there have been 19 confirmed cases of the outbreak with additional testing still pending for others. Larimer County Health Department said it received the first complaint about the matter on Aug. 17. After additional complaints…