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A couple of legal notes were passed along from an MNB user:

• Attorney Bill Marler of Seattle’s Marler Clark, described as "the nation’s only law firm dedicated to representing victims of foodborne illness," announced that it "has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Safeway Inc., in the Superior Court of Santa Cruz on behalf of James Raymond Frey, 87, and the estate of his deceased wife, Shirlee Jean Frey, 81, who died tragically on December 2, 2014 after consuming a Listeria-tainted caramel apple purchased at the Safeway in Felton, California."

• Meanwhile, the law firm PritzkerOlsen said that it is conducting an investigation into the listeria contamination of ice cream from Blue Bell Creameries that is believed to have sickened 10 people in Kansas, Texas, Arizona and Oklahoma, and caused Blue Bell to pull all of its products nationwide.
KC's View:
I think this is all just the beginning, as law firms begin the process of holding responsible manufacturers and retailers that have been selling contaminated products - it won't always be fair and just, but it probably is inevitable. And then, when new food safety regulations begin being phased in, the process is likely to gain even more momentum.

Attention must be paid.