Jeff Benedict, a Deseret News contributor, has written an editorial for the New York Times on the E. coli outbreak in Europe. He discusses the "precarious situation we are in today" and urges the U.S. government to act quickly.

Benedict is the author of Poisoned: The True Story of the Deadly E. Coli Outbreak That Changed the Way Americans Eat. This book chronicles the Jack in the Box E. coli and food poisoning outbreak in the early 1990s that killed four children and made 700 others sick.

Benedict's column, 'A writer's notebook', can be found at