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7 Things We Learned About Food Safety Oversight From a Foodborne Illness Expert

Bill Marler, a lawyer specializing in food-borne illness, shared his insights and observations on the food safety industry after working in it, or alongside it...

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How One Attorney Is Trying To Make Food Safer

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How Do You Prove Where You Got Food Poisoning?

How does one evaluate a legitimate foodborne illness claim? I rely on four primary tools. All four are important. Combined, they can establish an airtight...

How Do Chickens Become Infected With Salmonella?

Chickens can become infected with Salmonella the same way humans get it – through the oral route. In addition to the oral route, chickens can...

Hammer Time: Preparation Pays When Disputes Escalate to Lawsuits

Bill Marler, of course, is William D. Marler, the Seattle trial lawyer whose firm is one of the nation's foremost litigators of lawsuits representing victims...

He helped make burgers safer. Now he's fighting food poisoning again.

Washington Post | By Kimberly Kin | 2020 Bill Marler, the Seattle lawyer who represented hundreds of victims in the Jack in the Box...

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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This Food Poisoning Expert Revealed The 6 Things He Refuses To Eat

In early 2016, Marler compiled a list of six foods that he never eats (although, as we’ll explain shortly, he’s taken occasional liberties with one...

The Burger That Shattered Her Life

The New York Times | By Michael Moss Stephanie Smith, a children’s dance instructor, thought she had a stomach virus. The aches and cramping were...

The Ultimate Guide to Hepatitis A and Liver Disease

Exposure to the hepatitis A virus can cause an acute infection of the liver that is typically mild and resolves on its own. The symptoms...

The History and Origins of the Norovirus

Nature has created an ingenious bug in norovirus. The round blue ball structure of norovirus is a protein surrounding the virus’s genetic material. The virus...

Tips for Avoiding a Hepatitis A Infection

Hepatitis A is totally and completely preventable. Although outbreaks continue to occur in the United States, no one should ever get infected if preventive measures...

The World’s Largest and Deadliest Listeria Outbreak is turning 4 in March

In this article, Bill Marler, a Listeria attorney, writes about the 2017 and 2018 largest and deadliest outbreak of listeriosis to occur in South Afriica...

The Cyclospora Outbreak of 2022: A Quick Guide

Latest Information The number of reported cases of domestically acquired cyclosporiasis illnesses has increased by 260 cases since the last update on August 25, 2022...

The Link Between Canned Food and Botulism

Most of the botulism events that are reported annually in the United States are associated with home-canned foods that have not been safely processed. Very...

The Food Safety Imperative: Talking With Attorney Bill Marler

The massive 1993 E. coli outbreak linked to Jack in the Box burgers was a turning point for both food safety in the United States...

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...

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Separating the Chaff From the Wheat: The Reality of Proving a Foodborne Illness Case

At Marler Clark, people who have been sickened, and believe that their illness resulted from consumption of a particular food item, contact us virtually every...

Serving up Trouble

The United States has seen several foodborne illness outbreaks in recent years, including a 2008 salmonella outbreak linked to raw tomatoes and peppers that sickened...

South African mother loses newborn to listeriosis in 2018 Tiger brand polony outbreak

The Tiger Brands polony listeriosis outbreak began at the start of 2017 and was officially declared over in September 2018 with 1,065 confirmed cases and...

Strict Liability and Negligence and when they apply and chain of distribution liability.

A consumer buys a food item at a store, handles it appropriately, eats it and gets sick from Salmonella or E. coli. Who is...

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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Linda Rivera, Hospitalized After Eating Nestle Cookie Dough, Tries to Stay Alive

"People just don't really understand how horrible food-borne illness is," said William Marler, a prominent Seattle-based food-safety lawyer who is representing the Rivera family and...

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10 Common Questions About Listeria and Their Answers

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16 days hospitalized: Summer E. Coli outbreak linked to Wendy's takes a toll on Michiganders

The Marler Clark, E. coli attorneys represent 48 victims of the Wendy's E. coli outbreak. A total of 109 people from six states, including New...

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What To Know About Campylobacter During Pregnancy

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What Are 3 Common Symptoms of Norovirus?

Although symptoms usually only last one to two days in healthy individuals, norovirus infection can become quite serious in children, the elderly, and immune-compromised individuals...

What You Should Know About E. coli in Manure

E. coli O157:H7 bacteria and other pathogenic E. coli mostly live in the intestines of cattle, but E. coli bacteria have also been found in...

What To Do When Your Dog Gets Campylobacter

In dogs, typical symptoms include watery to mucoid diarrhea, straining, abdominal cramping or pain, lethargy, and fever. The diarrhea may last a week or more...

Who Is Most at Risk for a Listeria Infection?

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Will USDA do something about Salmonella at long last?

Bill Marler, the Salmonella attorney, has just visited Washington DC to push for immediate regulation and legislation. Politico notes that his visit comes on the...

Why Is Norovirus More Common During Winter?

Humans are the only host of norovirus, and norovirus has several mechanisms that allow it to spread quickly and easily. Norovirus infects humans in a...

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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4 Restaurant Chains That Have Had Salmonella Outbreaks

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Is Food Poisoning Considered an Accidental Injury?

Hopefully that is the case, and in the great majority of cases the answer is that food poisoning an accidental injury. However, there have been...

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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POISONED: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat.

At the end of 1992, Jack in the Box was the fifth-largest fast-food chain in the country, courting the market with the Monster Burger and...

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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Can You Sue a Grocery Store for Botulism?

Is everyone who handles an injurious food product potentially liable then? No. Most states’ laws will not hold a retail food seller liable if it...

California Polytechnic State University (2022)

Bill Marler presented to a group of students about the importance of food safety and the role of laws and regulations in food safety and...

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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My view of 30 Years of the largest and most unforgettable Foodborne Illness Outbreaks in the United States

Over the last 30 years, I have had a front seat to most every large Foodborne Illness Outbreak in the United States. Years ago, I...

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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E. coli in Lakes: Why It Happens and What You Should Know

The CDC makes a clear warning about E. coli and water – especially, unchlorinated water: “Don’t swallow water when swimming and when playing in lakes...

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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Facing Lawsuits and Angry Customers, This Company Has Yet to Recall a Potentially Harmful Smoothie

Revive Superfoods used tara in its mango pineapple smoothie, the same ingredient that led to a highly publicized Daily Harvest recall over the summer....

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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A Produce Nightmare at Retail | A leading U.S. food safety lawyer amalgamates cases he has worked on, warning what can happen if food safety is not prioritized.

Bill Marler, a food poisoning lawyer, amalgamates cases he has worked on, waring what can happen if food safety is not prioritized. ...

A Safer Food Supply

Attorney Bill Marler of Marler Clark in Seattle has dedicated his career to representing people injured by foodborne illness and to advocating for better food...

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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Bill Marler reflects on the case that launched his career in food safety

This year marks the 25th anniversary of a massive E. coli outbreak, which hit 73 Jack in the Box restaurants in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and...

Bill Marler: 25 Years of Food Safety

In this episode of Food Safety Matters, we speak to Bill Marler about: The circumstances under which he met the late Dave ThenoThe Jack in...

Bill Marler On Food Safety & COVID-19

Prominent food safety attorney Bill Marler of Marler Clark LLP, who has been representing victims of foodborne illnesses since the early 1990s, recently spoke with...

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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Getting to Know Bill Marler: Distinguished Food Safety Attorney Has a Huge Heart for Victims + Survivors

In his work as an accomplished attorney and national food safety expert, Bill wears many professional hats that keep him hopping. At Marler Clark, “The...

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3 key rules to follow when eating at restaurants, according to a lawyer who represents food poisoning victims

Bill Marler is an attorney who specializes in food borne illness cases.Most of the cases he's worked on have involved either undercooked or prepackaged foods.He's...

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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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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...