Published On: Tue, Dec 31st, 2013

Food Safety attorney, Bill Marler, talks about foodborne outbreaks and food safety law

The cyclospora outbreak,which sickened more than 600 people this year, was the number one foodborne outbreak of 2013, according to the website Food Safety News (FSN).

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

Photo/Nodar Kherkheulidze via wikimedia commons

The website compiled a list of 10 of the biggest U.S. outbreaks in 2013 and I had the opportunity to talk to the publisher of FSN and Managing Partner at the Food Safety Law Firm, Marler Clark, Bill Marler on Monday about some of the outbreaks and to have him give a clearer understanding of food safety law (Listen below).

Mr. Marler gave me his thoughts on how preventable the Hepatitis A from Townsend Farms frozen organic berries was, which sickened some 162 people. In addition, we discussed the Salmonella outbreak from Foster Farms chicken that sickened over 400 and is still ongoing.

At least 162 people have been hospitalized after likely undercooking the contaminated raw chicken or handling it in a way that lead to accidental cross-contamination. Who’s to blame? Some blame the consumer, others blame the company, Marler gives his perspective on that issue.

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I also asked the “E. coli Attorney” to explain the chain of events on how his firm decides what cases to take, who to sue and the operations of a food safety law firm.

Marler discussed what was behind his recent post on Marler Blog– “My 5,000th Blog Post – Ode to the Beef Industry” , which sheds some light the history of Marler Clark and the work they do and gives props to the beef industry.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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