Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Want to know more about the origin of Shigatoxin-producing E. coli?

 Bill Marler is a very rare individual: he is a lawyer with an ability to grasp the principles of microbiological food safety and to write about them in a way that is accessible to the general public.  Bill has been closely involved in food borne illness litigation since 1993, when he obtained a $15.6 million settlement for Brianne Kiner, a nine year old girl who suffered HUS and ultimately kidney, liver and pancreas failure after eating Jack-in-the-Box hamburger.  He has become a fiercely active food safety campaigner.

Recently, Bill conducted a literature review on the origins of Shigatoxin-producing Escherichia coli  and has published the first two parts on his food safety blog.  These publications are well worth reading - they are not written in highly technical language, but the reference list allows those readers sufficiently interested and capable to follow up his sources and read the original material.

Links to the first two parts are shown below:

There is just one problem with this review; Bill has taken away my option to set such a study of literature as an assignment for my postgraduate students in my course "Frontiers of Food Microbiology".  The students will still be expected to read and discuss the material, but I can't use their reviews for assessment purposes.  Thanks Bill!


roy costa said...

Very nice job on your blog and good to hear good things about Bill Marler, he takes some heavy abuse

象牙黑 said...

Great job!

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