Elizabeth Weise and Julie Schmit, of USA TODAY have written an amazing recap of the year that made everyone question the safety of spinach and other leafy greens. I would urge all to read it:

Spinach recall: 5 faces. 5 agonizing deaths. 1 year later

“Seattle-based Bill Marler, considered the nation’s pre-eminent E. coli lawyer, who represents Howard’s and Dunning’s families [and who has resolved 41 of the cases thus far], says the bacteria that felled both matched the spinach outbreak strain.”