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 U.S. 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.

Check this page: The boy is from Wisconsin, not Colorado.

The bill was originally 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. Versions of the bill have been introduced in each subsequent Congress, but as of April 2010 have never been reported out of committee.

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.


  1. ^ Kevin's Story, page for Kevin's Story
  2. ^ H.R.3160 - Kevin's Law, OpenCongress page for H.R.3160 - Kevin's Law
  3. ^ Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, page for Kevin's Law

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