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Marler Clark has published 5,597 articles about foodborne illness outbreaks and lawsuits.

February 21, 2024 Firm News

The Litigated Dish: Salmonella symptoms and incubation periods

For Salmonella, the incubation period typically ranges from 12 to 36 hours, though it can be as short as 6 hours or as long as one or two weeks. This relatively short incubation period stands in contrast to Listeria, another bacterium, which has an extremely variable incubation period spanning from …

February 06, 2024 Press Releases

Marler Clark Launches Investigation into Deadly Listeria Cheese Outbreak

Marler Clark, Inc., PS, The Food Safety Law Firm, is investigating the Rizo Lopez Foods cheese Listeria outbreak that has sickened 26 people in 11 states, including deaths in California and Texas. In 2011, Marler Clark represented the families of 33 people who died after consuming Listeria tainted cantaloupe. In …

February 04, 2024 Firm News

The Litigated Dish: Can foodborne illness cause death?

According to the CDC, roughly 1 in 6 Americans, or 48 million people annually, fall victim to foodborne illnesses. Among them, 128,000 are hospitalized, and sadly, 3,000 lose their lives. There are 31 known pathogens responsible for causing foodborne illnesses. While many of these are monitored by advanced public health …

January 28, 2024 Firm News

The Litigated Dish: What are the symptoms of food poisoning?

Much like my answer to last week's question, this question elicits a lawyer’s favorite response: “It depends.” Which foodborne illness are we talking about? Various bacteria, viruses, and parasites can be responsible for causing food poisoning. …

January 28, 2024 Firm News

Tips To Avoid Food Poisoning When Dining Out

Avoiding food poisoning when dining out involves taking certain precautions to ensure the safety and cleanliness of the food you consume …

January 28, 2024 Firm News

The Effects of Hepatitis A on the Human Liver

After a few days of typical symptoms, jaundice (also termed “icterus”) sets in. Jaundice is a yellowing of the skin, eyes and mucous membranes that occurs because bile flows poorly through the liver and backs up into the blood. The urine will also turn dark with bile and the stool …

January 28, 2024 Firm News

Common Causes of E. coli Outbreaks in Restaurants

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 the intestines of chickens, deer, sheep, and pigs. A 2003 study on the prevalence of E. coli O157:H7 in livestock at 29 county and three …

January 28, 2024 Firm News

Dispelling Common Myths About Salmonella

Only a small proportion of all Salmonella infections are diagnosed and reported to health departments. It is estimated that for every reported case, there are approximately 38.6 undiagnosed infections. The CDC estimates that 1.4 million cases, 15,000 hospitalizations, and 400 deaths are caused by Salmonella infections in the U.S. every year. …

January 25, 2024 Case News

What's the latest on Lead and Chromium in Applesauce for Kids?

As of January 22, 2024, FDA has received 90 confirmed complaints/reports of adverse events potentially linked to recalled product. To date, confirmed complainants, or people for whom a complaint or adverse event was submitted and met FDA’s complainant definition, are between zero and 53 years of age and the median …

January 20, 2024 Firm News

The Litigated Dish: Can Foodborne Illness be Contagious?

This question, however, is quite broad because – which foodborne illness? There are several bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause foodborne illness. I thought I would put together a neat little table of some of the pathogens I frequently encounter, their food sources, and whether they are contagious. …

January 10, 2024 Firm News

The Litigated Dish: Recounting the Most Startling Recent Foodborne Illness Outbreaks

During my time at Marler Clark, I have had the chance to witness and work on some of the most tragic and profoundly disturbing foodborne illness outbreaks our firm has encountered. …

January 10, 2024 Firm News

The Litigated Dish: Top foodborne pathogens

One of my New Year’s resolutions — I call it my “professional growth resolution” — is to start writing columns in 2024. I hope this will drive more traffic to my law firm’s many existing websites and blogs — we even have this newspaper: Food Safety News. Bill Marler, my …

January 02, 2024 Firm News

Signs You May Have Contracted Norovirus

Norovirus illness usually develops 24 to 48 hours after ingestion of contaminated food or water. Symptoms typically last a relatively short amount of time, approximately 24 to 48 hours. These symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Headache and low-grade fever may also accompany this illness. People infected with …

January 02, 2024 Firm News

Which Foods Are Most Likely To Spread Botulism

Botulism is a rare, life-threatening paralytic illness caused by neurotoxins produced by an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Unlike Clostridium perfringens, which requires the ingestion of large numbers of viable cells to cause symptoms, the symptoms of botulism are caused by the ingestion of highly toxic, soluble exotoxins produced …

January 02, 2024 Firm News

The Relationship Between Campylobacter and GBS

For those persons who suffer a Campylobacter infection that does not resolve on its own, the complications (or sequelae) can be many. The complications can include septicemia (bacterial pathogens in the blood, also known as bacteremia), meningitis, inflammation of the gall bladder (cholecystitis), urinary tract infections, and appendicitis. …

January 02, 2024 Firm News

Technological Advancements That Help Fight E. coli

In 1993 after a large multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157 infections in the Western United States. To prevent future severe outbreaks an effective surveillance network called PulseNet was developed. PulseNet is the national network for molecular sub-typing of foodborne bacteria and is coordinated by CDC. The laboratories participating in …

December 25, 2023 Firm News

The Importance of Staying Hydrated During Food Poisoning

When a person contracts food poisoning the symptoms, diarrhea and vomiting, can cause dehydration to occur quickly A person can become dehydrated within 24 hours if they are unable to retain any liquids and the symptoms continue. …

December 25, 2023 Firm News

What To Do If Your Child Contracts Listeria

Invasive infections with Listeria can be treated with antibiotics. When infection occurs during pregnancy, antibiotics given promptly to the pregnant woman can often prevent infection of the fetus or newborn. Babies with listeriosis receive the same antibiotics as adults, although a combination of antibiotics is often used until physicians are …

December 25, 2023 Firm News

What Makes Botulism Such a Dangerous Illness?

Botulism is a rare, life-threatening paralytic illness caused by neurotoxins produced by an anaerobic, gram-positive, spore-forming bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. Unlike Clostridium perfringens, which requires the ingestion of large numbers of viable cells to cause symptoms, the symptoms of botulism are caused by the ingestion of highly toxic, soluble exotoxins produced …

December 25, 2023 Firm News

The History of Salmonella: An In-Depth Look

Salmonella is a bacterium that causes one of the most common enteric (intestinal) infections in the United States – salmonellosis. It has long been said that, in 1885, pioneering American veterinary scientist, Daniel E. Salmon, discovered the first strain of Salmonella. Theobald Smith, research-assistant to Dr. Salmon, discovered the first …

December 20, 2023 Firm News

Seattle Times: Food safety attorney Bill Marler is still in business — and show business

Marler already knew the main point he wanted to make at the podium if “Poisoned: The Dirty Truth About Your Food” won the science/nature category: That while progress has been halting, it is possible, if government, industry and consumers work together. …

December 07, 2023 Press Releases

Food Safety attorney, Bill Marler, available to put deadly Salmonella Cantaloupe Outbreak in context

In the recently released Netflix documentary “Poisoned,” nearly everyone agree that Cantaloupe has been a problematic fruit. Those concerns are now being seen in the U.S. and Canada where 359 people have been sickened, 140 hospitalized and 8 deaths all linked to imported Cantaloupe from Mexico. …

November 26, 2023 Press Releases

Food Safety Attorney, Bill Marler, calls for import restrictions on Mexican Cantaloupe

Food Safety Attorney, Bill Marler, calls for import restrictions on Mexican Cantaloupe Salmonella Cantaloupe Outbreak has sickened 162, hospitalized 62 with 3 deaths. …

November 24, 2023 Case News

Gastro vs. Food Poisoning: How To Tell the Difference

When people complain of gastrointestinal illness or the stomach flu, the illness is usually Norovirus. …

November 24, 2023 Case News

When To Consider Antibiotics for Listeria

Listeriosis is usually a self-limited illness—which means that most infected individuals will improve without the need for medical care. But for those patients with a high fever, a stool culture and antibiotic-treatment may be justified for otherwise healthy individuals. Although there have been no studies done to determine what drugs …

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