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[US] Senator Schumer Calls for Safe Meat

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    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
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      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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