Kevin Kowalcyk December 10, 1998 -
August 11, 2001
First proposed in 2003, Kevin's
Law was named in memory of two-year-old Kevin Kowalcyk,
who tragically died in 2001 after eating a hamburger contaminated
with E. coli bacteria.
A full six years later, the law
first gained major attention from the American public in 2009
when the story was highlighted in the Oscar-nominated film
Kevin's Law would have given
the U.S. Department of Agriculture the power to close down
plants that produce contaminated meat, authority that the
USDA presently does not have power to exercise.
specifically calls for the USDA to identify the pathogens
that threaten human health (such as Salmonella,
monocytogenes) as well as give the department the authority
to close down plants that habitually threaten the public health.
The Center for Foodborne Illness(CFI) is the legacy of 2-year-old Kevin Kowalcyk. His sudden death from E.coli inspired his mother, Barbara Kowalcyk (left), to
establish the organization in 2006.
Sad to say, the bill never became law but "died in committee" and was never brought forth for larger review.