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What to do if you get infected by E. coli

The colitis caused by Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 is characterized by severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea that typically turns bloody within 24 hours, and sometimes...

When to file a claim after contracting Food Poisoning

The short answer is as soon as you know, “more likely than not,” what the cause of the food poisoning illness is. However, that is...

Ways Restaurants respond to Food Poisoning Claims

Over the last 30 years I have spoken to dozens of restaurants and restaurant associations about “why it is a bad idea to poison your...

What does Salmonella Poisoning feel like?

Salmonella infections can have a broad range of illness, from no symptoms to severe illness. The most common clinical presentation is acute gastroenteritis. Symptoms include...

What do you need to know about E. coli and Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS)

Post-diarrheal Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (D+HUS) is a severe, life-threatening complication that occurs in about 10% of those infected with E. coli O157:H7 or other Shiga...

What Happens if E. coli Goes Untreated

In most infected individuals, symptoms of a Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection last about a week and resolve without any long-term problems. Antibiotics do not...

What the public needs to know about Hepatitis A

Hepatitis A is the only common vaccine-preventable foodborne disease in the United States. It is one of five human hepatitis viruses that primarily infect the...

What are the first signs of Listeria?

When a person is infected and develops symptoms of Listeria infection, the resulting illness is called listeriosis. Only a small percentage of persons who ingest...

What to look for: How to know if you have Cyclospora

Cyclospora infects the small intestine (bowel) and usually causes watery diarrhea, bloating, increased gas, stomach cramps, flatulence, loss of appetite, nausea, low-grade fever, and profound...

Why Botulism Is the Most Dangerous Food-borne Illness

Botulism is a rare but potentially life-threatening bacterial illness. Clostridium Botulinum bacteria grows on food and produces toxins that, when ingested, cause paralysis. Botulism poisoning...

What you need to know about infant formula and Cronobacter sakazakii

Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium that causes a rare but often fatal infection of the bloodstream and central nervous system. Infants with weakened immune systems...

Who is most susceptible to catching Norovirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that noroviruses cause nearly 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis annually, making noroviruses the leading cause...

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Association of Official Agricultural Chemists (2022)

Bill Marler presented virtually to an audience that included laboratory managers, analytical chemists, microbiologists, toxicologists, forensic scientists and management executives. Association of Official Agricultural Chemists...

Are Some People More Susceptible to Food Poisoning?

Yes, people over 65, children under 5, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women ...

All About: Listeriosis During Pregnancy

Pregnant women naturally have a depressed cell-mediated immune system. In addition, the immune systems of fetuses and newborns are very immature and are extremely susceptible...

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Food Poisoning and unsafe temperatures. Many meal kit companies aren't FDA regulated

Days after trying a new lentil product from the meal subscription company Daily Harvest, Los Angeles resident Jackie Sloboda was debilitated by full-body itching, stabbing...

Fifth Federal Lawsuit Filed in Salmonella Onion Outbreak

(Boise, ID) A fifth lawsuit has been filed on behalf of Florida resident, Sherie Jenkins, against ProSource Produce, LLC. In this Salmonella lawsuit linked to...

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Colonel Colon and his League of Fecal Fighters

Over a decade ago, the mom of two clients who both developed acute kidney failure after consuming E. coli O157:H7-tainted spinach sent me an unexpected...

Citterio Salame Salmonella Outbreak and Litigation - Multistate (2021)

As of December 12, 2021, a total of 36 Salmonella confirmed cases were reported from 11 states (CA, IL, KS, MD, MI, MN, NJ, NY...

Common Places Norovirus Outbreaks Tend to Occur

Common settings for norovirus outbreaks include restaurants and events with catered meals, nursing homes, schools, vacation settings or cruise ships, Shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels) pose...

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How to Prevent Infection if You Have Been Exposed to Norovirus

Common settings for norovirus outbreaks include restaurants and events with catered meals (36%), nursing homes (23%), schools (13%), and vacation settings or cruise ships (10%)...

How to Properly Wash and Store Leafy Greens

The best way to wash leafy greens is under running water. You do not need special products, soaps, or vinegar. These can leave an aftertaste...

Habit Burger Grill Norovirus - Washington (2021)

Marler Clark represented five of the victims in this Norovirus outbreak linked to the Habit Burger Grill, located in Shoreline, Washington....

How to Avoid Processed Baby Foods, and Accompanying Heavy Metals

On February 4, 2021, the House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy released a report detailing their findings and concerns about the...

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5 Quick Tips for Preventing Salmonellosis

In general, safe cooking and preparation of food can kill existing Salmonella bacteria and prevent it from spreading – remember Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill...

5 Tips for Preventing Food Poisoning

Anyone can contract a foodborne illness, but immune compromised individuals, the elderly, young children and pregnant women are more susceptible and likely to have more...

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Institute of Food Technologies Conference (2022)

Bill Marler joined a panel of food safety leaders and presented to conference attendees in a session called, "Recalls, Outbreak Response: The Current Safety Landscape...

Is Salmonella Contagious: Transmission and Prevention

Most Salmonella infections are caused by eating contaminated food, especially food from animal origins. One study found that 87% of all confirmed cases of Salmonella...

Illinois Environmental Health Association (2021)

Hot Topics in Food Safety Law - The Present, Past and Future. In this presentation, Bill Marler, a food safety lawyer, outlined why food production...

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Marler Clark Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Listeria Outbreak Linked to Big Olaf Creamery

(Naples, FL.) A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the estate of Mary Billman against Big Olaf Creamery, LLC in the Listeria outbreak linked...

Marler Clark Files First of Many Lawsuits, Representing Over 150 in the Daily Harvest Lentil + Leek Crumbles Outbreak

New York, NY – The national food safety attorneys at Marler Clark filed the first lawsuit today in the United States District Court of Southern...

Marler Clark Files First Lawsuit against FreshKampo in the Strawberry Hepatitis A Outbreak

SAN DIEGO, CA – The first lawsuit was filed today in the Superior Court of California in San Diego County, against FreshKampo, a foreign corporation...

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South Africa Virtual Food Safety Summit (2022)

Bill Marler, food safety attorney and advocate was interviewed by the organizers of the South Africa Virtual Food Safety Summit 2022. Marler Clark was a...

Stomach Bug or Food Poisoning: Learn the Differences

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million foodborne illness cases occur in the United States every year. At least 128,00...

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Eating Raw Chicken: Risks and Safety Tips

When purchasing raw chicken, be sure to keep it separate from other foods in your shopping cart. Most grocery stores provide plastic bags in the...

Expiration Dates: How Much You Should Pay Attention to Them

But there’s no hard and fast rule here — it’s ultimately up to you to decide whether it’s a good idea to go ahead and...

Everyday Foods that can be impacted by Salmonella

Most Salmonella infections are caused by eating contaminated food, especially food from animal origins. One study found that 87% of all confirmed cases of Salmonella...

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To Wash or Not to Wash: Fruit and Vegetable Safety

Eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables is healthy, but what about bacteria or viruses that might be on those “healthy” food items? While...

The ultimate guide to a post poisoning diet

The most recommended foods to eat after the stomach flu, food poisoning or a regular stomachache are part of what’s known as the BRAT diet...

The Past, Present and Future of Food Safety

“Upton Sinclair was writing a book about the labor problems in the Chicago stockyards, but what freaked everybody out was how meat was actually being...

The Food Safety Imperative: Talking With Attorney Bill Marler

The influences that have shaped leading foodborne illness attorney Bill Marler’s work and what he considers the most pressing current foodborne illness issues....

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Being Proactive: 5 Tips for Preventing Norovirus

Common settings for norovirus outbreaks include restaurants and events with catered meals (36%), nursing homes (23%), schools (13%), and vacation settings or cruise ships (10%)...

Best things to eat while sick from E. coli

During the infection it is best to eat bland foods. Bland foods include: • crackers • cooked cereals, like oatmeal or cream of wheat •...

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Jif Salmonella Peanut Butter recall and outbreak - what you need to know

The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, are investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Senftenberg infections linked to certain Jif peanut butter...

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'What else have they been missing?' Massive infant formula recall raises questions about FDA inspections

The very day that the FDA was told that a baby had been hospitalized with a potentially deadly bacterial infection after consuming infant formula, the...

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Difference Between Salmonella and E. coli

Salmonella is the second most common intestinal infection in the United States. More than 7,000 cases of Salmonella were confirmed in 2009; however, the majority...

Do I Need a Lawyer for Food Poisoning?

Marler Clark was established in 1998 by the top food attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants in the landmark litigation arising from the 1993 Jack...

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Ultimate Guide to Food That May Contain Campylobacter

Most retail chicken is contaminated with Campylobacter jejuni; one study reported an isolation rate of 98% for retail chicken meat. C. jejuni counts often exceed...

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Quick guide to protecting yourself from E. coli

Since there is no fail-safe food safety program, consumers need to “drive defensively” as they navigate from the market to the table. It is no...

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Preventing Campylobacter Outbreaks: What you need to know

Campylobacter jejuni grows poorly on properly refrigerated foods but does survive refrigeration and will grow if contaminated foods are left out at room temperature. The...

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