Kevin's Law

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Kevin's Law (as referred to in Representative Anna Eshoo's introduction of the law in 2005 and in the 2008 documentary Food, Inc.; formally known as the Meat and Poultry Pathogen Reduction and Enforcement Act of 2003) was proposed legislation that would have given the United States Department of Agriculture the power to close down plants that produce contaminated meat.[1]

Kevin's Law was nicknamed in memory of two-year-old Kevin Kowalcyk of Colorado, who died in 2001 after developing hemolytic-uremic syndrome due to eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, as H.R. 3160, in the 109th Congress.[2][3] This bill never became law, as it was referred to committee but never reported on.

In 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), introduced by Rep. Betty Sutton. The FSMA contains key elements of Kevin's Law.[4]

Kevin's Law would strengthen the U.S. government's ability to prevent contaminated meat and poultry from entering the food supply by:

Corporate meat processors have lobbied against Kevin's Law, arguing that it would increase the cost of food and is unnecessary.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Kevin's Story, page for Kevin's Story
  2. ^ H.R.3160 - Kevin's Law, Open Congress page for H.R.3160 - Kevin's Law
  3. ^ Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, page for Kevin's Law
  4. ^ Food Safety Law Makes History, Huff Post Food (Huffington Post), retrieved March 13, 2014 

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