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Author tells story of children poisoned by E. Coli

By | Posted - May 24, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY -- In the early 1990s, four children died and hundreds were sickened by a massive E. Coli outbreak started at Jack in the Box restaurants.

That outbreak and the stories surrounding it -- including the reforms that followed to make food safer -- are the subject of new book by author and investigative reporter Jeff Benedict.

"It was a seminal case for food poisoning in the United States, the biggest of its kind at the time. Those deaths were a huge spark to changes in federal and state food policy," Benedict told the Deseret News. "It was so big and so tragic that it forced changes."

Benedict's new book "Poisoned" hit shelves last week and spoke live with KSL. Click the video above to watch the interview.

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