The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued a letter on January 17, 2012 to Mark McAfee, CEO of Organic Pastures Dairy in Fresno, California, explaining the link between his company’s raw milk products and a cluster of E. coli O157:H7 infections in California children.  The letter further detailed problems found at the facility, including

A study conducted by North Carolina state health officials into the 27 confirmed E. coli illnesses amongst state fair attendees has revealed what most people probably suspected.  The source of the outbreak was, for the second time in a decade, a livestock exhibit at the state fair. 

The confirmed E. coli infections in 27

A fourth person has tested positive for E. coli in Boone County, Missouri, and tests on a fifth is pending.  The Boone County/Columbia, Missouri Health Department says:

This a higher-than-average number of cases for our county. Our staff is working with state officials to determine the cause of the illnesses and whether or not

We lawyers rely on information from all sources in sifting through the epidemiological evidence to make conclusions about an outbreak’s source.  For information on developing food safety crises, E. coli lawyer Bill Marler’s is rivaled only by Phyllis Entis, a microbiologist who moonlights, and daylights too I think, as an authority on pretty much