August 2009

"People just don’t really understand how horrible food-borne illness is," said William Marler, a prominent Seattle-based food-safety lawyer who is representing the Rivera family and 23 other victims in the cookie dough outbreak. "They think food-borne illness is a tummy ache and diarrhea."

I was much younger when Martin Luther King gave his famous speech

Summer, or at least August, is drawing to a close in the Northwest – temperatures have dropped below 100 and rain is expected. Really, no global warming?

I spent most of last week being supportive, but feeling helpless, as a client who ate E. coli O157:H7-tainted Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, may well be

Recipes can be handed down from generation to generation and so can myths surrounding food safety — sometimes with sickening consequences. September is National Food Safety Education Month and the Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE), in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department

In my ongoing effort to understand the risk to humans of non E. coli O157:H7, this weekend I read the manuscript “Molecular Analysis of Virulence Profiles and Shiga Toxin Genes in Food-Borne Shiga Toxin-Producing Escherichia coli” by Slanec, T., Fruth, A., Creuzburg, K., and H. Schmidt from the Department of Food Microbiology, Institute of Food

Kim Archer of the Tulsa World has done a great job of recalling the horrors of the United States’ largest E. coli O111 outbreak.

• 341 were sickened

• 70 people were hospitalized, including 22 children

• 17 people received kidney dialysis, including eight children

• 1 man died

Excerpts from the Article about just

Law and Politics Magazine yearly picks lawyers who are voted in by other lawyers as "Super Lawyers."  This year I actually made it on the cover when they did an issue of food poisoning litigation.  Nice to have the recognition.  Perhaps we need a magazine for "Super Clients," so we do not forget what being