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The Twelve Days of Food Safety Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2011 | 6:21 PM

On the first day of Christmas my food maker gave to me: Listeria in a cantaloupe.

On the second day of Christmas my food maker gave to me: Two pounds of Ground Turkey, and Listeria in a Cantaloupe.

On the third day of Christmas my food maker gave to me:...

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German Based E. coli O104:H4 Outbreak Is Now Second Largest and Most Deadly in History

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 10:33 AM

Canadian press reported Monday afternoon that the deadly E. coli O104:H4 outbreak has now sickened more than 2,330 people across Europe, most of them in Germany, over the past month. The first case has also shown up in Canada in an Ontario man who travelled to Germany this spring. Four...

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E. coli Outbreak: Exporting Bill Marler to Germany or Japan

(1) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 2:54 PM

I received an email today from one of my many "fans" suggesting that it might well be a good idea to export me to some hot, dark location. I think the actual language was "Marler, go to hell!"

It was unclear if it came from one of the hundreds...

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What Is the "Future of Food" Without Food Safety?

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2011 | 5:48 PM

I attended the Future of Food Conference in Washington D.C. this last week and was amazed by the speakers that author Eric Schlosser and the Washington Post put together. From Lucas Benitez, Co-Founder, Coalition of Immokalee Workers to Michael R. Taylor, Deputy Commissioner for Foods at the U.S. Food and...

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Time to Bring the Free Market to Food Safety

(2) Comments | Posted March 21, 2011 | 12:15 AM

At Marler Clark, I have been working for nearly two decades on ways to keep consumers informed on issues of food safety. That is why I created a variety of "bug" websites, and why I created Food Safety News and the Foodborne...

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What's Up With Nuts?

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 1:05 PM

DeFranco and Sons of Los Angeles, CA, is voluntarily recalling bulk and consumer-packaged in-shell, hazelnut and mixed nut products containing hazelnuts because they may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 bacteria (E. coli O157:H7). The recall was initiated after the nut products were linked to seven illnesses in...

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Prosecuting Those Who Poison

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 2:01 PM

After once again spending time with victims of yet another outbreak of foodborne disease advocating for justice for themselves and family members, I thought again why prosecutors seem so reluctant to charge those who poison us with food. As I have said far too often, in nearly two...

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My New Year's Food Safety Resolutions: What I Will Be Doing Next Year

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 10:39 AM

I needed a vacation badly (so did the subscribers and readers of my blog), as I seem to never be at a loss for something to write about -- which is a bad for all of us.

2011-01-05-Smith.jpg2010, kept me busy with Stephanie Smith and...

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Baby Steps: New Foodborne Illness Numbers Don't Equal Success

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2010 | 12:15 PM

Food safety at its core is about science and public health. Every day, the USDA, FDA, environmental health specialists, food inspectors, the food industry, university researchers, and others invest in, develop, and use science and technology to develop food safety systems that protect consumers from becoming ill with foodborne illness....

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It's Time to Get Out of the Food Safety Woods

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2010 | 11:00 AM

I have been working the phones and emails since the Senate passed S. 510 last week with over-whelming bipartisan support (or what accounts for that in this political environment) to try and figure out how the Senate could have included a potential revenue provision in Section 107 in S. 510...

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Get Food Safety Done! Once the GOP Is in the Kitchen, Food Safety Is Toast

(12) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 4:49 PM

Over the last two years, food producers large and small, consumer and public health groups, and Congressional leaders have come together to support legislation that would bring the most significant update to food safety laws in seven decades. To the chagrin of everyone who worked hard to get S. 510,...

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Get Food Safety Done! Once the GOP is in the Kitchen, Food Safety is Toast.

(1) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 3:44 PM

Over the last two years, food producers large and small, consumer and public health groups, and Congressional leaders have come together to support legislation that would bring the most significant update to food safety laws in seven decades. To the chagrin of everyone who worked hard to get S. 510,...

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Senator Coburn: "We've Got the Best Legal Systen in the World"

(7) Comments | Posted November 23, 2010 | 10:03 AM


During last week's Food Safety Senate debate, Senator Coburn said this as a reason not to pass S. 510: FDA Food Safety Modernization Act: "We've got the safest food in the world because we've got the best legal system in the...

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Tea Party With a Cup of Crazy

(4) Comments | Posted November 21, 2010 | 12:12 PM


I know people get worked up over legislation -- health care being a recent example--but the blather coming from the Tea Party types about food safety is a bit over the top, even for them. Here are my favorite Tweets of the week about...

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Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan on the Food Safety Act

(8) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 11:08 AM

"S 510 is the most important food safety legislation in a generation. The Tester Amendment will make it even more effective, strengthening food safety rules while protecting small farmers and producers. We both think this is the right thing to do." -- Eric Schlosser & Michael Pollan

This is...

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If I Had A Food Safety Magic Wand

(25) Comments | Posted September 8, 2010 | 9:25 AM

The other morning when I was prepping in another studio to talk with another cable channel about yet another food crisis--this time the recall of a half of a billion Salmonella-tainted eggs that had already sickened at least 1,400--I was asked by a young producer, "Attorney Marler, if you had...

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"I am the Egg [Rule] ... " Would It Have Prevented the Salmonella Outbreak?

(143) Comments | Posted August 23, 2010 | 9:45 AM

Sorry, the old Beatles song keeps running through my head. And, with 550,000,000 eggs being recalled, and well over 1,200 people sick (and rising), I really should not be making jokes.

Not surprisingly I usually start my morning reading Phil Brasher in the Des Moines Register. I was struck by...

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Santa Does Not Exist and Neither Does Bi-Partisanship in Congress

(4) Comments | Posted June 21, 2010 | 1:53 PM

I was reading Carl Hulse's article "Legislative Hurdles in an Era of Conflict" in the New York Times this morning and had one of those moments like when I first learned that Santa Claus was in fact not real. Yes, perhaps I should have figured it out before...

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My Response to the American Meat Institute Statement on New Bill to Declare Additional Strains of E. coli as Adulterants

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 7:16 PM

AMI: We share Sen. Gillibrand's desire to eradicate pathogenic bacteria, but we don't believe that an act of Congress can make these bacteria disappear. We also are puzzled by the fact that this bill is being introduced at a time when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is tracking an...

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The Tea Party, Socialists and Safe Food

(3) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 5:22 PM

I have decided this week that the Tea Party movement is right -- business and government in the U.S.A. are a bunch of damn socialists -- at least they are when poisoning consumers and investigating outbreaks.

First, full disclosure. When I am not channeling Rupert Murdoch in my role as...

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