New look for food poisoning informational Web sites


The Marler Clark network of food poisoning informational Web sites, which first appeared online in 1998, recently received a makeover. The sites, which were originally put online to provide Internet users with basic information about the illnesses caused by such foodborne pathogens as E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Hepatitis A, have increased in breadth over the years to include information about complications caused by foodborne pathogens: hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), reactive arthritis (Reiter’s Syndrome), and Guillain-Barre syndrome. Those sites are:

“We have heard time and again how valuable the information provided on these sites is to parents whose children are in the hospital. When your kid is sick, you arm yourself with as much information as you can, and these sites provide a comprehensive look at these ‘bugs’ and the illnesses they cause,” commented William Marler, managing partner of Marler Clark.

The sites also provide information related to high-profile food poisoning outbreaks that have occurred in the last 15 years. “Since Marler Clark has represented victims of nearly every major foodborne illness outbreak in the last fifteen years, we felt it was important to share the details of these outbreaks with anyone doing research on a particular pathogen,” Marler continued.

Marler Clark has represented thousands of victims of foodborne illness outbreaks since the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak. The firm has resolved $300 million worth of cases against such entities as AFG, BJ's Wholesale Club, Blimpie's, the Brook-Lea Country Club, Byerly's, Cargill, Carl's Jr., Carneco, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Chi-Chi's, Chili's, China Buffet, ConAgra, Cub Foods, Dole, Emmpak, Excel, Filiberto's, Finley School District, Friendly's, Gate Gourmet, Gold Coast Produce, Golden Corral, Habanero's, Harmony Farms, KFC, King Garden Restaurant, Lund's, Malt-O-Meal, McDonalds, Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Co., Natural Selections Foods, Odwalla, Olive Garden, Paramount Farms, Pat & Oscar's, PM Beef Holdings, Quality Inn, Quizno's, Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Robert's American Gourmet (Veggie Booty), Sam's Club, San Antonio Taco, Senor Felix, Sheetz, Silver Grill Location Catering, Sizzler, Sodexho, Spokane Produce, Subway, Sun Orchard Juice Co., Supervalu, Sushi King, Susie Cantaloupe, Taco Bell, Taco John's, Topps, United Food Group (UFG), Viva Cantaloupe, Wal-Mart, and Wendy's.