SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA—Food Safety Attorney Bill Marler is available to consult with those affected by the ongoing Listeria outbreak in Australia. The New South Wales (NSW) Food Authority announced on Tuesday that it is working with Rambola Family Farms to pinpoint the source of the deadly outbreak linked to rockmelons. Rambola Family Farms is located in the Riverina agricultural region of Southwestern NSW and boasts to be “one of the biggest melon growers in Australia!” To date, there have been 17 confirmed cases and 5 deaths, two in NSW and three in Victoria.

In 2011, the United States experienced the largest Listeria outbreak in its history that was linked to rockmelons grown by Jensen Farms in Colorado. In total there were 147 cases with 33 deaths across 28 states. Marler Clark represented 30 of the families of the dead and dozens of others affected in the outbreak.

Bill Marler is the United States’ leading expert in food safety litigation and a major force in food policy in the U.S.A. and around the world. Bill recently returned from South Africa where he is consulting on a historic class action lawsuit against Tiger Brands for causing the largest Listeria outbreak with almost 1,000 ill with 200 deaths.

“Listeria is one of the most deadly foodborne pathogens whether it be in the U.S.A., South Africa or in Australia,” said Bill Marler.  “It is critical for the food industry to combat this menace or ready to eat foods, like rockmelons and deli meats,” added Marler.

Listeria is a serious foodborne illness that once in the blood stream can cause meningitis and/or encephalitis (brain infection). In pregnant women, the fetus can become infected with Listeria, leading to spontaneous abortion, stillbirths, or sepsis in infancy. Listeria has an approximate 20% mortality rate. For victims who survive they may be left with life-altering damage.

Marler Clark has dealt with rockmelon/cantaloupe foodborne illness outbreaks numerous times. Outside of Listeria, the law firm has represented individuals in 8 separate Salmonella outbreaks linked to rockmelon/cantaloupe from 2000-2012. Cantaloupe is easily contaminated with foodborne pathogens due to it’s rough skin that can trap and hold bacteria that go on to penetrate the inside of the melon.

An accomplished attorney and national expert in food safety, William (Bill) Marler has become the most prominent foodborne illness lawyer in America and a major force in food policy in the U.S.A. and around the world.

Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm, is the United States’ leading law firm representing victims of Listeria outbreaks. The Listeria lawyers of Marler Clark have represented thousands of victims of Listeria and other foodborne illness outbreaks and have recovered over $650 million for clients.  Marler Clark is the only law firm in the nation with a practice focused exclusively on foodborne illness litigation.  Marler Clark has litigated Listeria cases stemming from outbreaks traced to a variety of foods, such as deli meat, cantaloupe, cheese, celery and milk.