The first half of the workshop was dedicated to the mock trial of a fictional-but-based-on-true-events case. In it, a mother and her daughter are suing the CasuaLee restaurant, claiming they became violently ill after eating the restaurant’s nachos. It turns out that the employee who made the nachos had recently traveled to Mexico, had some diarrhea “but not at work,” and when she returned to CasuaLee made the nachos without wearing gloves. Forty people became sick. The jury — made up of Summit attendees — eventually found that CasuaLee did supply a product that was not “reasonably safe,” but would not agree that the unsafe condition of the product was a “proximate cause” of the illness.

The verdict didn’t really matter. The exercise was more an opportunity to show food producers the obstacles they’d face should a bunch of customers end up with Salmonella poisoning and it’s discovered that the… More…