June 2008

If you weren’t able to join us in Seattle for the conference Marler Clark sponsored in April, here’s the next best thing.  We’ve posted the power point presentations from "Who’s Minding the Store: The Current State of Food Safety and How it Can Be Improved" on Marler Clark.

As you’ll recall, we had a tremendous

The Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed 17 E. coli cases that are genetically linked and over half of those cases have either prepared or consumed hamburger meat from Kroger. 11 of these cases required hospitalization. The 17 genetically linked cases, E. coli O157:H7, are present in seven Michigan counties including Eaton (1), Macomb (3), Washtenaw (4), Saginaw (1), Genesee (1), Wayne (3) and Oakland (4).

The Ohio Department of Health is reporting 22 confirmed and probable cases of E. coli O157:H7, 18 of which are confirmed and linked to the outbreak in Michigan and Ohio. The cases are in Franklin (10 confirmed, one probable); Delaware (one confirmed); Fairfield (four confirmed); Lucas (one confirmed, three probable); Seneca (one confirmed); and Union (one confirmed) counties.

Since the Jack in the Box outbreak of 1993, we have been involved in every major E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in the country. Keep reading below:


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Delivrine Registre of Albany Georgia station WALB reports that an E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least one young woman in Albany may be responsible for the illnesses of a dozen others.  As she reports, the investigation into the source an E. coli outbreak in Colquitt County continues.  At least a dozen people have

A summary of the peer-reviewed literature relating to the “pros” of raw milk consumption was posted earlier this month. What about the “cons?” The overwhelming “con” of drinking raw milk according to the literature relates to food safety hazards. The following is an overview of the literature describing pathogens found in raw milk and outbreaks associated with consumption of raw milk and products made from raw milk.

Another possible “con” not well-documented in the literature is cost. First, commercial raw milk demands a premium price in the US with a gallon costing the consumer ~$12 compared with ~$7 for a gallon of organic pasteurized milk and ~$3-5 for a gallon of traditional pasteurized milk depending on the region and other factors. Second, the outbreaks, illnesses, and recalls resulting from raw milk consumption also incur costs for individuals and society:

• Medical expenses for acute care and long-term health problems
• Lost productivity and other indirect costs
• Costs to public health for investigation and control of outbreaks
• Losses to the dairy industry as a whole due to reduced consumer confidence following publicized outbreaks and recalls


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As of 4 pm on June 27, the Michigan Department of Community Health has confirmed 17 E. coli O157:H7 cases that are genetically linked and over half of those cases have either prepared or consumed hamburger meat from Kroger. 11 of these cases required hospitalization. The 17 genetically linked cases, E. coli O157:H7, are present

From a CDC/FDA Press Conference today:

As salmonella cases continue to climb, the government is checking if tainted tomatoes really are to blame for the record outbreak – or if the problem is with another ingredient, or a warehouse that is contaminating newly harvested tomatoes.  Federal health officials say there’s no evidence clearing tomatoes.  But