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I expect soon to receive the below email commenting on the recent tragic death and thirty illnesses tied E. coli contaminated hamburger served at a Minnesota church dinner: “It is not the failure of the Meat Industry in not keeping cattle feces out of hamburger that sickened the people. It is the fault of the person who handled and cooked the hamburger that was fed at the church dinner.” At first I will calmly try…
Marler Clark has seen an increase in business recently, and in light of the current E. coli outbreak in Minnesota, I think that increase might be courtesy of the United States Department of Agriculture. This is the agency that is responsible for, among other things, testing ground beef to ensure that the consuming public has a product free from E. coli O157:H7. What the agency has done, however, is slowly but surely erode the…
Recently at the 93rd annual meeting for the International Association for Food Protection in Calgary, Alberta, Canada I spoke on: “Making Foods Safer: How Outbreaks Can Influence Change,” on the topic of whether litigation helps food safety in the United States. I also spoke on the topic of raw milk consumption and sale, addressing legal issues regarding the sale of raw milk. Finally, I spoke on: “International Food Law – A Global Overview,”…
Lois Collins of the Deseret Morning News has reported more on the Wendy’s outbreak: Wendy’s restaurant chain is being sued by a Weber County family after the Weber-Morgan Health Department identified a North Ogden Wendy’s as the probable link in four confirmed E. coli infections in June. Seattle law firm Marler Clark and Salt Lake attorney Todd Gardner of Bateman Goodman and Gardner filed the lawsuit Friday in Weber County District Court on behalf…
BE VIGILANT ON E. COLI SAYS MUM A MOTHER whose toddler daughter almost died after contracting the E.coli bug has issued a warning for parents to be vigilant. The 29-year-old woman and her 18-month-old daughter were both admitted to South Tyneside District Hospital in April with the 0157 strain of the infection. The youngster’s condition worsened and she was diagnosed with Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome, which caused her whole body to shut down and her kidneys…
Marler Clark today filed a lawsuit against Wendy’s, the Dublin, Ohio-based restaurant chain whose North Ogden, Utah, restaurant was traced as the source of an E. coli O121:H19 outbreak in late June, 2006. Marler Clark filed the lawsuit on behalf of Weber County residents William and J. Corey Cohron and their two young sons. The complaint, which was filed in Weber County Superior Court, seeks compensation for the family’s significant medical-related expenses, economic losses,…
GREAT ARTICLE – NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DID A STORY ON THE JACK IN THE BOX CASE SEVERAL YEARS AGO. Sean Markey for National Geographic News August 7, 2006 The bacteria that cause a common food-borne illness show low drug resistance in Australia, unlike similar strains from the United States and Europe, a study has found. Scientists behind the finding say Australia’s de facto ban on certain antibiotics in poultry and other livestock helps explain why.…
The below is the Press Release directly from the Weber-Morgan Health Department. Although the vector of the illnesses seems to be lettuce, it is most likely that the cause was not directly lettuce, but cross-contamination between hamburger and lettuce – See earlier post Another Wendy’s E. coli Outbreak? PRESS CONFERENCE RELEASE Weber-Morgan Health Department (Utah) AUGUST 7, 2006 Infectious Agent: E. coli O121:H19 The Weber-Morgan Health Department confirms that four people have contracted an E.coli…