Published: July 16, 2011
By: Max Follmer
On Christmas Eve in 1992, six-year old Lauren Rudolph showed up at Children's Hospital in San Diego with severe stomach pains and bloody diarrhea. She died less than a week later. No one knew it at the time, but little Lauren was the first victim of a food-borne illness outbreak that would eventually kill four children, and sicken 700 others.
The Jack in the Box E. Coli outbreak changed the way Americans thought about food. No longer was a stomach bug considered a mild inconvenience that caused a bit of discomfort. All of a sudden, hamburgers became deadly weapons.
Published: June 30, 2011
Jeff Benedict’s book, "Poisoned," continues to grab headlines across the country.
With the recent E. coli outbreaks in Germany and France, Benedict’s nonfiction work is becoming a resource for people concerned about food poisoning issues, according to his publicist, Gretchen Crary.
The book, which was featured in a Deseret News article in May, has been in-and-out of Amazon’s top 50 and appears headed for the New York Times best-seller list. Benedict is also a columnist for the Deseret News.
Published: May 15, 2011
By: Trent Toone
Jeff Benedict has written several best-selling books and numerous widely read articles in his career as an author and investigative journalist.
His new book, “Poisoned,” which goes on sale May 17, is one of his all-time favorites.
“Poisoned” chronicles the Jack in the Box E. coli and food poisoning outbreak in the early 1990s that killed four children and made 700 others sick. It also follows the story of lawyer William “Bill” Marler; the investigations and the political and legal battles that ensued; and, finally, the permanent changes made across the food industry.