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Revive Kevin's Law

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In a time where Americans are getting sick or dying from contaminated foods why does Congress fail to protect it's citizens? We at Humanities Preparatory Academy from New York City demand that Kevin's Law be revived and passed.

Here is an excerpt from Rep. Anna Eshoo's speech to Congress:
"Kevin's Law is named in memory of 2 1/2 -year-old Kevin Kowalcyk, who died so tragically in 2001 after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. Kevin's untimely death was agonizing and brutal. No child, no person should experience the pain that Kevin did, and no family should have to bear witness to a loved one suffering in the way that Kevin did.

"Sadly, Americans are far too vulnerable to fatal foodborne illnesses, especially children and the elderly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that foodborne diseases cause roughly 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths each year. The tragedy is that many of these illnesses can be prevented with better science standards and enforcement. Congress must do much more to ensure the safety of our nation's food supply.

"In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences report Scientific Criteria to Ensure Safe Food recommended that Congress give regulatory agencies 'the clear authority to establish and enforce compliance with science-based food safety criteria, including performance standards.' This legislation is just what the doctor ordered. Kevin's Law addresses these recommendations and will help ensure that the government has the authority it needs to prevent contaminated meat and poultry from entering our food supply by:

"Requiring the USDA to identify the pathogens that threaten human health (e.g. Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes).

"Requiring the USDA to establish performance standards to reduce the presence of these pathogens in meat and poultry.

"Confirming that the USDA has the authority to enforce its own standards by shutting down plants that continually breach basic health standards--authority that some processors have repeatedly challenged in court.

"Passage of Kevin's Law would put into place major recommendations of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Advisory Committee for Microbiological Criteria for Foods, both of which have consistently supported greater federal enforcement of food safety standards.

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3 days ago
Tanya K. from Wawaka, IN writes:
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The health of the people not the industry should be the primary care of our government. For God's sake, stop killing us. You want obesity and disease to become a thing of the past? Feed us food that our bodies know how to process. NO FOOD SHOULD EVER BE MADE FROM HORMONE, ANTIBIOTIC, CHEMICAL, DISEASE LACED ANIMALS OR PLANTS. I am appalled and disgusted by what I see in my supermarket!
3 days ago
Someone from Belvidere, IL writes:
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corporate ****ing greed, Quit covering up for these big companies that are like the Mafia. clean healthy, food should be a no brainer, And lets feed and treat these animals with respect and give them humane conditons, People before profit!
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Pankti P. from Henrico, VA signed.
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4 days ago
Susan P. from Rancho Santa Margarita, CA writes:
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We deserve to have safer food. 2 1/2-year-old children should not die from eating a hamburger. If this is happened to any Congressman this law would've passed along time ago. Do the right thing and protect the people before protecting business and money.
4 days ago
Analeeze R. from Lakewood, WA writes:
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We have the right to know what we're being fed and how to stop big Corps from taking over the small local business that genuinely care!
January 5, 2017
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