Wisconsin Ag News reports that Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold joined Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa in co-sponsoring legislation to strengthen rules against microbial pathogens in meat and poultry.
“Kevin’s Law” was named after Kevin Kowalcyk of Mount Horeb, who died in 2001 at the age of two from E. coli infection.
“Kevin’s Law” would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture the authority to enforce basic safety and sanitation standards in the production of meat and poultry. These rules, called Pathogen Reduction and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, are critical to ensuring that microbial pathogens are kept out of meat and poultry sold to consumers in restaurants and on grocery store shelves.