Over the last week I spoke to two families of very young children stricken by E. coli O111 after they both attended a small town Maine fair and petting zoo. One child was just released from the hospital after suffering from acute kidney failure and the other child was buried a week before from complications

Colton-Guay-myles-Herschaft-main-300x200One death and one child still with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS).

The 2015 Oxford County Fair that was held in mid-September will be remembered for the death of one child and the severe illness to another due to infections with E. coli O111. The common exposure to the two children was the same petting zoo.

Marler-and-Parnell-at-congressional-hearing-406x260A week ago last Monday, I was sitting in a bar in the Boston airport across the gate from my delayed flight (I would eventually get home a day late) monitoring tweets and texts for the outcome of the sentencing of Stewart Parnell, his brother Michael Parnell, and their “food safety” director Mary Wilkerson, which

0In the spring of 2007, I was asked to testify before the U.S. House of Representative’s Energy and Commerce Committee, which was the committee tasked with modernizing our food safety system. From those hearings, which stretched from 2007 to 2009, came the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). On the Senate side of the hill, work

prison-cellIs it time for prosecutors to set forth clear guidelines for who is prosecuted and who is not?

A few weeks ago I was quoted in an article entitled “Will Blue Bell face criminal charges after ice cream recall?”

Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer who has represented victims in many of those cases, says

Livestock exhibitions, petting zoos, county and state fairs, frankly any “farm experience,” are “as American as apple pie.”

Unfortunately, these same places have been the source of large outbreaks of zoonotic diseases over the last decades. And, just as unfortunately, despite the severe illnesses and a death attributed to these activities, little seems to be