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“If you are not one inclined to read much, or just too short of time to take on a new book, please just read the first chapter, or even the first 8 pages about the end of Lauren Rudolph’s life. No child and no parent should have to go through what Lauren and her parents did.” Richard Raymond, M.D., Former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety, Food (Safety) Fight (a MeatingPlace blog)

“A new, thriller-style account of the horrors of that E. coli outbreak and the subsequent events, including the groundbreaking rulings making O157:H7 an ‘adulterant."Mark Bittman, The New York Times

"Benedict knows how to make a story both informative and important. "Poisoned,” explains technical details as lawyers wrangle over legal fees and doctors run tests on micro-organisms, while also weaving in the emotions of individuals and families." - The News Advance

"A stunningly researched work, "Poisoned" reads as though Clarence Darrow had written "The Jungle" - and further proves Benedict is at the very top of those artistes whose narrative nonfiction burns like beach-happy, page-blasting thrillers." - The Day

"After reading the first seven pages of your book, I was in tears, one hand covering my mouth, my heart racing as I learned the appalling story of six-year-old Lauren Rudolph, who succumbed to death just one week after consuming a dangerous, bacteria-filled hamburger. I was absolutely sucked in to your retelling of the outrageous, deadly E. Coli outbreak of the early ‘90s ... Your simple but eloquent writing style kept me intrigued page after page, and as a result, Poisoned, with its revealing and heartbreaking stories of the victims of foodborne illnesses, took over my life for an entire week."- Poor Taste Magazine

"Just in time for BBQ season, an investigative journalist traces the path of a devastating outbreak of food-borne illness linked to hamburger meat."
- Kirkus Review

"Benedict has crafted Poisoned as a multi-part narrative, which takes us behind the scenes at JIB, into the slaughterhouses and hospitals, and through the legal machinations, bureaucracy, and skullduggery. Part of the story is the outbreak and the resulting, well-known legal case; the other side is the lesser-known - and still ongoing - changes in the food industry designed to clean up food processing and prevent future outbreaks. Most of these were initiated by Jack in the Box itself, which hired a leading food safety consultant as a full-time management employee to change the way - and what - Americans eat." - King County Bar Journal