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Marler Blog Providing Commentary on Food Poisoning Outbreaks & Litigation

Mr. President, Senators, Congress Members watch this video now!

It is long past time for meaningful changes in the safety of the food our children eat.  Whether the food is raw, local, organic, small farm, big farm, mass-produced or slow, if it contains E. coli O157:H7, or another pathogen, it can kill.  It can kill your child, grandchild or the child of a friend.  It can kill just like it killed Abby.  Here is her story:

E. coli Victim: Abby Fenstermaker from Marlerclark on Vimeo.

Abby’s illness, and her Grandfather’s, were linked to a Class I Recall by FSIS in May 2009 – Illinois Firm Recalls Ground Beef Products Due To Possible E. coli O157:H7 Contamination

  • http://www.iflr.msu.edu Neal Fortin

    Thanks for sharing the video.
    I told my students about Abby in my food and drug law class last night.

  • http://www.change.org/actions/view/farm_factories_abusing_antibiotics_spread_mrsa_vre_to_communities_via_raw_meat Luke

    I found your article on antibiotic resistant infections interesting. MRSA is also ever present in American farm factories; also be aware that MRSA is routinely found in raw meat. I’ve handed over research from all over the world to the USDA and CDC early 2007. May 2007 the CDC said MRSA kills more people than AIDS. November 2007 I received a letter from the USDA saying the never checked, but the PORK BOARD funded a small research fund to the University of Iowa, which swabbed pigs and they did find MRSA in the farm factories which this research came to an abrupt HALT. Keep in mind MRSA and VRE is so highly contagious just touching the raw meat is like touching a MRSA patient. Please see my Petition for all the research links and data. I just thought you would be interested in this:
    http://www.change.org/actions/view/farm_factories_abusing_antibiotics_spread_mrsa_vre_to_communities_via_raw_meat

  • http://www.change.org/actions/view/farm_factories_abusing_antibiotics_spread_mrsa_vre_to_communities_via_raw_meat Luke

    I found your article on antibiotic resistant infections interesting. MRSA is also ever present in American farm factories; also be aware that MRSA is routinely found in raw meat. I’ve handed over research from all over the world to the USDA and CDC early 2007. May 2007 the CDC said MRSA kills more people than AIDS. November 2007 I received a letter from the USDA saying the never checked, but the PORK BOARD funded a small research fund to the University of Iowa, which swabbed pigs and they did find MRSA in the farm factories which this research came to an abrupt HALT. Keep in mind MRSA and VRE is so highly contagious just touching the raw meat is like touching a MRSA patient. Please see my Petition for all the research links and data. I just thought you would be interested in this:
    http://www.change.org/actions/view/farm_factories_abusing_antibiotics_spread_mrsa_vre_to_communities_via_raw_meat

  • Rocky

    Very sad for Abby and her family. No one deserves to have to go through that.
    Time to throw all the industry lobbists out of congressional offices, stop the revolving door, and hold elected representatives accountable.
    Our food supply needs proper regulation which includes stiff jail time and heavy fines for the CEO’s who allow such horrors to occur.
    All that “change we can believe in” looks like “business as usual” to me.

  • http://staphmrsa.blogspot.com/ Terry S. Singeltary Sr.

    Friday, January 23, 2009
    Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Strain ST398 Is Present in Midwestern U.S. Swine and Swine Workers
    snip…
    Conclusions These results show that colonization of swine by MRSA was very common on one swine production system in the midwestern U.S., suggesting that agricultural animals could become an important reservoir for this bacterium. MRSA strain ST398 was the only strain documented on this farm. Further studies are examining carriage rates on additional farms.
    http://staphmrsa.blogspot.com/2009/01/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus.html
    also see ;
    snip…
    We found that ST398 is rare among Dutch MSSA strains colonizing healthy persons (2 [0.2%] of 829 strains). However, a relatively high number of MSSA isolates homologous to the ST398 MRSA were derived from bacteremic patients (3 [2.1%] of 146; p = 0.026). These 3 bacteremia isolates were not related epidemiologically; they were isolated from different patients in different medical departments over an extended period. This finding suggests that these MSSA strains are quite virulent. The strict segregation of ST398 strains (Figure 1, panel A; Figure 2) corroborates that the strains belong to a separate biotype associated with pigs (15).
    Our findings pose a warning to public health surveillance: if the ST398 MSSA virulence toward humans would be maintained within the ST398 MRSA lineage from pigs, care should be taken not to introduce this strain into humans. We consider it to be likely that ST398 MRSA from pigs is capable of causing serious infection in humans even though its primary host seems to be pigs.
    Dr van Belkum is with the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University Medical Center Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His research interests include MRSA.
    References
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    http://www.cdc.gov/eid/content/14/3/479.htm
    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
    http://staphmrsa.blogspot.com/2008/03/iceid-2008-methicillin-resistant.html
    MRSA
    http://staphmrsa.blogspot.com/
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010
    Establishing a Fully Integrated National Food Safety System with Strengthened Inspection, Laboratory and Response Capacity Draft 09/24/09
    http://fdafailedus.blogspot.com/2010/01/establishing-fully-integrated-national.html
    TSS

  • Margaret

    No child, no parent, no one should have to suffer the fate of Abby and her family because of tainted food. As a member of the public, not a lawyer, not a doctor, not a politician, what can I do? How can I help in this fight for Food Safety in America? I feel so helpless today and after watching Abby’s story, not only am I sad, I am angry. Mr. Marler, thank you for all that you do.