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Lawyer Lists Top Foods to Always Avoid

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Doctors agree with lawyer on risky foods to avoid

Would you take health advice from a personal injury lawyer? You just might if he specializes in food poisoning lawsuits and is recognized by healthcare providers as a food poisoning expert whom they agree is correct regarding his list of top foods to avoid.


According to a recent CBS News report, Bill Marler—an attorney who specializes in food poisoning lawsuits—recently published an article in Food Poisoning Journal the six foods in his experience are ones that should be avoided like the plague.

Mr. Marler has a long history of fighting for plaintiffs who were victims of food poisoning dating as far back as the Jack in the Box/ E. coli O157:H7 scare in 1993. The firm Mr. Marler worked in at the time received restitution for his clients at an estimated $45 million from that one outbreak alone. Since then Mr. Marler has earned the reputation of being “THE E.coli lawyer” who makes good money from bad food after winning numerous cases for food poisoning victims.

Here is a video of the CBS News report:

Attorney Marler's List of Foods to Avoid:

Unpasteurized "raw" milk and packaged juices - "Unpasteurized milk, sometimes called 'raw' milk, can be contaminated with bacteria, viruses and parasites," Marler wrote.

Raw sprouts - Sprouts -- including alfalfa, mung bean, clover and radish sprouts -- can be contaminated with E. coli or salmonella.

Meat that isn't cooked well-done - The CDC says ground meats should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to kill E. coli, salmonella and other pathogens. Poultry should be cooked to 165 degrees.

Prewashed or precut fruits and vegetables - Marler notes that the more a food is handled, the more likely it is to become contaminated along the way.

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Raw or undercooked eggs - Raw eggs can spread salmonella.

Raw oysters and other raw shellfish - Marler says as the climate warms, this is becoming a bigger problem; "Oysters are filter feeders, so they pick up everything that's in the water. If there's bacteria in the water it'll get into their system, and if you eat it you could have trouble," he wrote.

News points out the according to the Centers for Disease Control an estimated 1 in 6 Americans―48 million people―get sick from foodborne illnesses each year, and 3,000 die. Older adults, pregnant women, young children, and people with chronic illnesses that weaken their immune systems should be especially careful, since they can suffer more severe complications from foodborne illness.

But let’s not forget that many of those cases happen in the home from unsafe food preparation and improper storing of food items. Here are some selected articles on how to protect yourself―and your pets―from food poisoning at home:

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Food Poison Journal "Six Foods Bill Marler Never Eats"