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The E.coli 0157 bacterium is responsible for many of the tragic food poisonings that have occurred at fast-food restaurants in the past. The bacterium, often found inside the intestines of cattle, can contaminate meat that is improperly processed at slaughterhouses. Illness usually results from eating undercooked and contaminated ground beef. Industry advocates say one reason for this illness is that consumers are not handling and cooking beef properly. Critics say the production line speed at slaughterhouses, and the unwillingness to slow it down, are mostly to blame. Microbial contamination is monitored and controlled at several places along the production line by a process called the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system (HACCP). These checkpoints test and compare the amount of microbial contamination in random samples of beef on the processing line to levels that are considered acceptable and safe. Health advocates say meat-processing facilities allow too many microorganisms in our food supply. The Agriculture Department wants to list 6 additional strains of E.coli as adulterants, thus requiring the meat industry to test for them and recall any products contaminated with those strains. These “Big Six” E.coli strains are worrisome because they can cause Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, which among other things, can lead acute kidney failure in children. The meat industry says additional regulation is premature, unnecessary and that too little is known about these six strains of E. coli to justify new testing and recall requirements. The announcement of this rule change has been repeatedly delayed and advocates are worried that industry groups could persuade this administration, or a future one, to water-down or repeal the proposed “Big Six” rule. They wish to pass it into law.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.2303 - Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act of 2015



Polling Options

  • I oppose reforming current E.coli policy and wish to defeat H.R.2303 - Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support better detection and eradication of the E.coli bacterium, requiring the Agriculture Department to list the “Big Six” E.coli strains as adulterants, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.6024 - E. coli Traceability and Eradication Act (111th Congress 2009-2010), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support revising the definition of "adulterated" to make explicit the Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) authority to issue a recall of meat, poultry, and egg products that contain microbial pathogens associated with serious illness or death or are resistant to two or more antibiotics critically important for human medicine; requiring the USDA to establish sampling protocols and testing procedures necessary to determine if meat, poultry, and egg products are adulterated under this bill and to prevent the entry, flow, or movement of those products into commerce, and wish to pass H.R.2303 - Pathogen Reduction and Testing Reform Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Michael Conaway (TX) and/or Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option

  • I support better detection and eradication of the E.coli bacterium, requiring the Agriculture Department to list the “Big Six” E.coli strains as adulterants, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.6024 - E. coli Traceability and Eradication Act (111th Congress 2009-2010), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committee of Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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