NY Post - Mon May 26, 2003
SCHUMER PUSHES TRACKING SYSTEM TO KEEP MEAT SAFE
by TATIANA DELIGIANNAKIS
Sen. Chuck Schumer said yesterday he wants the
government to track all meat products from the time of
slaughter until they arrive in stores to help prevent
diseases like mad cow, E. coli, salmonella and listeria.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture would then be
responsible for coding and registering the meat
products so that public health officials could easily
track contaminated packages and remove them from
stores, Schumer said.
He said the USDA should have the ability to shut down
plants that distribute bad meat, under the proposed
Meat and Poultry Pathogen Reduction Act of 2003, known
as "Kevin's Law." The law is named after 2-year-old
Kevin Kowalcyk of Wisconsin, who died in 2001 of E.coli.
Last year, 5,000 people died of meat poisoning and
325,000 were hospitalized, Schumer said.
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