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Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat Paperback – May 14, 2013
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We spent our time at Children's Hospital in the room across the hall from Brianne Kiner (whose story is told in the book). It was a difficult time for all of us.
While Jeff's book brought back a flood of memories from that time it also brought about a healing that I hadn't realized I needed. I was fascinated as I read his book and learned about the "other side" of the story. His book was very personal to me. I recognized the names and people in the book as we had also connected with so many of them.
I'm grateful to Jeff for taking the time to research this event and tell the story. For those of us who lived through the event and were personally affected by it, this book provides a new level of healing for us.
My daughter did survive. The doctors could not explain her recovery. By all medical standards she should have died. Her healing was truly a miracle.
My thanks go out to Jeff for helping to heal my heart in new ways.
My real problem with the book is that the premise is a bit misleading. The book bills itself as "The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak that Changed the Way Americans Eat," but the real story, per the author's own words, is about the lawyer. Actually, all of Jeff Benedict's books are like that — they're about individual people more than the event. You're led to believe that the book is about the victims, but its really the story of two people we don't meet until a third of the way through the book — Bill Marler, an unheard-of lawyer with an unorthodox approach to litigation (buzzword!), who used the deadly e. coli outbreak to force fast food companies to think long and hard about food safety, and a consultant working for Jack-in-the-Box who rewrote the health and inspection standards that govern the national beef supply industry.
If you work at all in anything food/feed related this is an important book to read.
I am in the food industry so maybe I was just expecting this book to detail the operational changes that took place due to the incident, rather than a detailed account of the lawyer's relationship with his wife.
If you have no experience in food service/safety, this book is a decent read.