Posted Apr 23, 2010 04:48 pm CDT
Recalls of ground beef because of potential E. coli contamination ordinarily result from testing by the government, suppliers or retailers.
But when the WinCo supermarket chain announced a recall last week, it was a result of a private testing program run by a Washington state lawyer, reports the Seattle Times.
“I’ve spent about a half-million dollars on this project,” says attorney Bill Marler. His firm has won more than $500 million in corporate settlements for clients sickened by food, the newspaper reports.
Earlier related coverage:
ABAJournal.com: “Meet William Marler, a Food Safety Lawyer Hungry for Change”
ABAJournal.com: “To Avoid E. Coli Issues With Hamburger, Some Suppliers Simply Don’t Test”