Eighth Annual Global Handwashing Day

Today, October 15 2015, is the 8th Annual Global Handwashing Day! Each year nearly 2 million children, ages 5 and younger, die from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia making these the largest killers of children across the globe. Meaning every minute,…

Fred Pritzker Speaks at Minnesota Law Review Symposium

Attorney Fred Pritzker was a panelist and speaker at today’s Minnesota Law Review 100th Volume Symposium.  Each panel will consider the broader impact of each particular article, both at the time of its publishing and today. The event, titled “Standing…

Our Clients Speak Out in Support of New Food Legislation and the Civil Justice System

Today the American Association of Justice (AAJ) published a report detailing the need for civil legislation to change food safety policy and the role litigation plays in changing the food industry. Link to report can be found at the bottom…

Thank You, FoodNet

In 1995, the CDC (with support from the U.S.D.A.) established the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to track infections transmitted by food, to identify outbreaks of illness and to help find and study the sources of those infections. It…

Foodborne Superbugs on the Rise

The term “superbug,” coined in the 21st century is being used with alarming frequency in news media, and it is not referring to a cockroach donning wire-rimmed glasses that has an aversion to kryptonite. Rather, superbugs are drug-resistant bacteria that…

Fred Pritzker Chairs Inaugural AZ Desert Produce Safety Conference

Last week, Attorney Fred Pritzker served as the keynote speaker at the 1st Annual Desert Produce Safety Collaborative Field Conference in Yuma, Arizona. The day long summit brought together food safety professionals from a variety of Arizona institutions, with the…

YouTube videos about Listeria monocytogenes

  Produced by the FDA, this is a heartbreaking video testimony of Bernadette about her and her daughter Kate’s battle with Listeria. Bernadette was 32 weeks pregnant with her third child when she stopped to get a takeout sandwich that…

Fred Pritzker Receives “Attorney of the Year” Award

Attorneys Fred Pritzker was named “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer, a legal publication. He attended the banquet yesterday and received his awards. Fred also received the Minnesota Lawyer Circle of Excellence award for winning Attorney of the Year for…

Hand Washing a “Regulatory Burden,” Says Senator Tillis

It’s hard to fathom the dangerous and idiotic comments of some of our elected officials. A case in point: newly elected U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, R-N.C., who suggested that restaurants shouldn’t have to make their employees wash their hands after…

Mushroom Conference

An attorney at our law firm recently spoke in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to the 23rd North American Mushroom Conference. The conference was held at the Intercontinental Hotel and  brought together mushroom growers and producers from throughout the United States…

Underpaid Workers, Social Injustice and Food Safety

A few weeks ago, I blogged about how paying low wages and offering few benefits to food workers increases the risk of foodborne illness. Simply put, if people want safe food, they have to pay for it. Mark Bittman’s opinion…

Sick Leave for Restaurant Workers Necessary for Food Safety

The history of food safety, corporate irresponsibility, and workers’ rights is long and tortuous (as well as tortious). From the days of Upton Sinclair (rotten and diseased meat), unpasteurized and tuberculosis-laden milk, all the way through the present, the dangers…