Food Safety History with Expert & Attorney William Marler


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From Upton Sinclair's The Jungle to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), foodborne illness attorney William Marler gives an overview of how food safety has evolved in the US in his 2012 speech at Washington State University.

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Food Safety History with Expert & Attorney William Marler

  1. 1. Food Safety 2012WashingtonState University
  2. 2. In The Beginning The Pure Food and Drug Act of June 30, 1906 was the United States Federal Law that provided federal inspection of meat products and forbade the manufacture, sale, or transportation of adulterated food products.
  3. 3. The Jungle’s Unintended Consequences “Pierces the thickest skull and most leathery heart.” Winston Churchill "I aimed at the publics heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.” Upton Sinclair
  4. 4. Impact On Public Policy“Jack in the Boxtoday has thehighest qualityground beef thatI believe is availablein North America. …But our products,I will not guarantee,are free ofpathogens in theraw state.” Dave Theno
  5. 5. Public Involvement S.T.O.P. C.S.P.I. Make our Food Safe
  6. 6. The 1994 RevolutionPolitics and Philosophy Matter
  7. 7. 2006 – Magic Moment?• Spinach – 205 sickened and 5 deaths• Peanut Butter – 746 sickened and 3 years of product recalled• House and Senate party switch
  8. 8. Well, Not Quite So Fast • 2007 E. coli-poisoned (hamburger) paralyzed dancer – Front Page of New York Times and a Pulitzer Prize • 2009 E. coli-poisoned (cookie dough) mother of six – Front Page Washington Post
  9. 9. What About Industry? • Tomato, errr, Pepper Outbreak • PB 2 - $1 Billion in Recall and Economic Losses
  10. 10. 2009 – The Magic MomentConsumers and Industry Coming Together
  11. 11. Well, Not So Fast
  12. 12. Working To The End
  13. 13. “WE” Won!
  14. 14. Well, Not Quite Yet "I would not identify it as something that will necessarily be zeroed out, but it is quite possible it will be scaled back if it is significant overreach," said Rep. Kingston, who is likely to become chairman of the subcommittee when Republicans assume control of the House in January. "We still have a food supply thats 99.99 percent safe," Rep. Kingston said in an interview. "No one wants anybody to get sick, and we should always strive to make sure food is safe. But the case for a $1.4 billion expenditure isnt there."
  15. 15. Some Resources for All• Learn About E. coli• Learn About Salmonella• Learn About Listeria• Learn About Shigella• Learn About Campylobacter• Learn About Hepatitis A• Learn About Botulism• Learn About Norovirus
  16. 16. Questions