Foodborne Illness: Criminal & Civil Liability

This timely workshop will address your concerns and offer critical insight into helping you navigate the potential risks of criminal and civil liability.

Topics covered include:

Criminal Liability -

  • Dissecting criminal liability for food-borne illness under Food Drug and Cosmetics Act
  • Understanding the Supreme Court’s Park Doctrine, the Yates memo, and the criminal prosecutions of the “responsible corporate officer”
  • What conduct has led to individual criminal liability and potential and actual jail time
  • What conduct has led to corporate criminal liability and multi-million dollar criminal fines

Civil Liability –

  • Dissecting civil liability of various parties involved – grower/shipper, processor, retailer
  • Minimizing exposure to litigation amid increased testing and other food safety requirements
  • Balancing customer goodwill without increasing liability
  • Settling food-borne illness personal injury claims

Moderated by:

Stuart Woolf, Woolf Farming and Processing (Fresno, CA)


Sarah Brew, Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP (Minneapolis, MN)

Daniel Jarcho, Partner, Alston & Bird (Washington, DC)

William Marler Managing Partner, Marler Clark LLP (Seattle, WA)

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Managing Partner, Marler Clark LLP, PS
Partner, The Law Firm of Faegre Baker Daniels
Partner, Alston & Bird