The U.S. Press machine has finally taken notice of an expanding tragedy happening in Europe (with two reported HUS cases now in U.S.).

Smoking gun elusive in deadly E. coli outbreak

Illnesses can occur days after tainted food is eaten and leftovers thrown out, so “the trail gets cold pretty quick,” said Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney who specializes in food poisoning cases.

E. coli outbreak points to gaps in US food system

That’s why Bill Marler, a Seattle attorney who specializes in food poisoning cases, petitioned USDA to mandate beef testing for the other E. colis, knowing that other foods tend to follow the meat industry.


“If E. coli O157 is an adulterant in hamburger, then these other bugs should be, period,” he said.

Europe’s Deadly E. Coli Outbreak a ‘Wake-Up Call’ Over Global Food Distribution

  • Frank O’Sullivan

    Good interview Bill! Keep fighting the good battle!

  • Gabrielle Meunier

    Bill, you have been preaching the dangers of non 0157 Ecoli for years now. Hopefully now the FDA/FSIS and others will get on the bandwagon.
    Also, I want to point out that taking a food history in the hospital or in the Doctor’s office as soon as person has been diagnosed with a Foodborne Illness is the only good way to get an accurate and timely food history. In my experience, asking days later what you ate will produce inaccurate data. Also this foodhistory data should be fed immediately into national databases and not be held on a local level. It should be shared by all.
    I testified to the Senate about this in 2009. I hope the FDA and CDC are making this happen.