July 2005

The Associated Press has chimed in on the lawsuit we filed against Orchid Island Juice on behalf of Heather Dowdy. From the article:

Heather Dowdy of Caldwell filed the lawsuit against Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Fla., late Thursday in U.S. District Court. Her lawyer, Seattle food illness specialist Bill Marler, said it

Marler Clark has filed a Salmonella lawsuit was against Orchid Island Juice Company of Fort Pierce, Florida, in US District court for the Southern District of West Virginia Thursday (case no. 5:05-CV-0586). The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Heather Dowdy, a Caldwell, West Virginia resident who became ill with a Salmonella infection after consuming

Time has come to begin trying to hammer out financial settlements for hundreds of people who were sickened by a batch of salmonella-tainted tomatoes last summer. Marler Clark represents 98 of the more than 400 people who were sickened in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and six other states after eating Roma tomatoes served at Sheetz

Two East Tennessee counties, Campbell and Scott, have reported an increased incidence of hepatitis A cases for the second time this year. The East Tennessee Regional Health Department has confirmed eight cases of hepatitis A since June 25, and the Health Department is working to determine the source of a potential outbreak. In April, 2005,

Orchid Island Juice Company of Fort Pierce, Florida, is voluntarily recalling all unpasteurized orange juice (only) with a code date of 7/25/05 or earlier and all unpasteurized frozen orange juice with expiration codes of 04-25-2007 through 07-08-2007 for Just Pik’t and Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company brands, 18-04-2008 through 10-06-2008 for Floridella brands, bottle codes

Connecticut health officials issued a warning early this month after several cases of Cyclospora infection surfaced in New Haven County. At least eight people tested positive for Cyclospora, a parasite. Cyclosporiasis, the illness caused by ingestion of Cyclospora, causes severe diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps, aches, and low-grade fever. The parasite often is found in contaminated

In an article that appeared in the June-July 2005 issue of Food Safety Magazine, I wrote about how denying legitimate claims of foodborne illness increases the likelihood of overlooking real problems with food safety, and how overlooking those problems increases the risk of regulatory and health code violations, poisoning consumers, costly litigation, and public relations

On June 16, 2005, I discussed during a seminar at the University of Guelph why processors, ingredient suppliers, restaurant operators, and any operations involved in the growth, processing, and distribution of food products should understand the legal consequences and dangers of what may happen when foodborne illness strikes as a result of one of their

Strong evidence links orange juice produced at Orchid Island Juice Co. in Fort Pierce to an outbreak of 15 cases of illness caused by a strain of salmonella, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. In addition, at least 16 other states have reported cases of salmonella that match the specific strain of the

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on July 8, that Orchid Island Juice Co. of Fort Pierce, Florida was recalling unpasteurized orange juice after fifteen cases of Salmonella Typhimurium were traced to consumption of Orchid Island orange juice. In light of the FDA’s recall announcement, Seattle attorney William Marler of Marler Clark