Bill Marler – How To Protect Yourself and Your Family From Food Poisoning

by | Nov 9, 2018

Bill Marler is a nationally recognized foodborne illness lawyer, an expert in food safety and one of the most influential voices in food policy in the world. His law firm Marler Clark has represented thousands of victims in practically every major foodborne illness outbreak in the United States. In 1993, he represented Brianne Kiner, the young girl that survived the most significant of injuries in the historic Jack in the Box E. coli 0157:H7 outbreak, resulting in a $15.6 million settlement that changed the way we process food in America today. His websites Food Safety News and blog inform millions of readers daily with award-winning reporting on foodborne illnesses.

Today, Darya and Bill discuss the latest in food recalls, why eating organic vegetables is just as risky as hamburgers these days, and what we can all do to stay safe.

Bill was also kind enough to donate 5 copies of Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat, by Jeff Benedict, that I’m giving away over on my Instagram. Just follow my account and tag a friend to enter.



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3:29 – How Bill Marler became THE food safety guy.

5:49 – It appears foodborne illness outbreaks are on the rise. What’s actually happening?

11:58 – USDA versus FDA. Who regulates what?

13:26The Jungle by Upton Sinclair instigated the first food safety conversation in America.

14:49 – Is the industrial food chain to blame?

16:22 – Why Bill had to throw away an entire suitcase of clothes after visiting the Iowa egg farms.

17:53 – The cost of safety when food becomes a commodity.

20:08 – Why Darya opts out of industrialized food.

21:15 – What’s the alternative?

21:46 – Local doesn’t necessarily mean safer.

23:13 – Neither does “organic or “pre-washed”.

25:28 – How to decrease your risk of getting food poisoning.

26:29 – Food poisoning 101: types, symptoms and causes.

30:32 – Why Listeria loves your refrigerator.

33:42 – Don’t eat gas station sushi.

36:47 – Are raw oysters safe to eat?

42:44 – Cold water versus warm water oysters, and the shellfish “R” rule.

43:33 – The biggest mistake Chipotle made.

46:24 – Why the U.S. army said Odwalla juices weren’t fit for human consumption.

47:48 – Why you should always be skeptical of large food company claims. Fingers crossed for Sweetgreen.

51:04 – Bill’s rule of thumb for eating while traveling.

52:46 – You can now find restaurant hygiene scores on Yelp .

54:17 – Report your food poisoning to IWasPoisoned.Com.

55:12 – Your safest bet when it comes to grocery shopping.

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5 Responses to “Bill Marler – How To Protect Yourself and Your Family From Food Poisoning”

  1. Peter says:

    Thanks Darya, very informative! Sad for my Tomales Bay oyster habit though.

    You and your guest will probably be interested in this recent paper from colleagues: “Machine-learned epidemiology: real-time detection of foodborne illness at scale”. Let me know your thoughts / questions.

  2. Jules says:

    LOVED this interview Darya!

    Made me rethink my Summer oyster addiction and my washed salad habit.

    The new podcast format is brilliant.

  3. Christa says:

    I have been enjoying your podcasts for some time. Then I thought I was really going to like the new expert interview format. This talk with Bill Marler though took a turn to the political that completely caught me off guard. Not only did your guest disparage the President, but you played into it as well. And with a comment that was completely incorrect. I couldnt believe you would say something so off base. And divisive to your audience. We come to a safe place to get info to better our health, not divisive politics. It’s too bad I won’t be able to continue listening to your podcasts. I just can’t trust it anymore.

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