“This industry is only as strong as its weakest link,” said attorney Bill Marler, who is representing 93 of the outbreak victims. “The next time there is an outbreak, the whole industry is going to take a hit, not just the farmer who didn’t sign the agreement.”

Garance Burke of the Fresno Associated Press today wrote a comprehensive overview of the FDA’s report on the 2006 DOLE E. coli outbreak: story here