Authors on Stage: Jeff Benedict
Professor and Author Jeff Benedict to Speak at New Canaan Library
Author of POISONED: The True Story of the Deadly E. coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat
POISONED tells the story of a pivotal moment in the history of the American food and food safety industry; when a little girl’s tragic death as a result of eating an undercooked, fast food hamburger would alter forever the way we eat. Best-selling non-fiction author Jeff Benedict will speak about POISONED and his other non-fiction works on Monday, May 16th at 7:30 pm, as part of the Library’s Authors on Stage series.
POISONED begins with the story of young Lauren Rudolph, the first victim of the first e.coli bacteria outbreak (1993) which claimed the lives of three other children across the Western states. The outbreak – finally traced to undercooked hamburgers at a Jack in the Box restaurant – was a wakeup call to the dangers of undercooked meat and set off a political and media frenzy that revolutionized both the industry and the way we eat.
Benedict’s definitive chronicle guides readers compellingly through the political and legal battles in the aftermath. Painstakingly researched, and told in part from the perspective of those directly involved, POISONED not only demonstrates the dangers of food-borne illness but underscores the challenges faced by all involved, from the doctors who had never dealt with a case of e.coli before to the Jack in the Box executives who frantically raced to devise new industry standards.
Jeff Benedict is one of America's top non-fiction writers. He is the author of nine books including bestsellers Little Pink House, Without Reservation, and Pros and Cons. His reporting has been the basis of feature segments on 60 Minutes, ABC 20/20, NBC Dateline, HBO Real Sports, and the Discovery Channel. Benedict is a frequent public speaker on the topics of athletes and crime, eminent domain, Indian casinos and gaming, and business ethics. He is a contributing writer for numerous publications, including Sports Illustrated, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and the Hartford Courant. Benedict has a degree in law, and is a Distinguished Professor of English at Southern Virginia University.