Karen Robinson-Jacobs of the Dallas Morning News wrote an interesting article for Wednesday’s morning paper – a few excerpts:

  • Faced with several high-profile cases of tainted food in recent months, the largest restaurant trade group vowed Tuesday to “raise the bar” on food safety.  The group’s comments came as authorities are investigating how at least 64 people appear to have suffered signs of E. coli poisoning, many after eating at Taco Bell restaurants in the northeastern U.S.  A second, apparently unrelated E. coli outbreak was made public over the weekend involving the Taco John’s chain.  In September, an E. coli outbreak traced to packaged spinach grown in California killed three people and sickened more than 200.
  • Congressional action may be needed to improve food safety, said an attorney who handles food-poisoning cases, William Marler, managing partner of Seattle-based Marler Clark LLP.  “Unfortunately, the produce industry is either unable or unwilling to police itself,” he said.