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August 25, 2010
Over the past decade, food has become a central theme in entertainment. Television channels and programs are dedicated solely to food preparation, popular chefs, cooking contests, or the latest fad in restaurants. With coverage like this, our standard three meals a day almost resemble an obsession. If you have an idea for a television show that involves food, you will likely find an audience for it. That is, unless you are talking about food safety. In 2006 my daughter Rylee got sick and almost lost her life from eating E. coli contaminated spinach. Since then I pay close attention to the...
December 9, 2009
Legislation that will improve the nation’s food safety is poised for a vote in the Senate, but it is up to Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV) to bring it to the floor for a vote. More than three years ago, my daughter Rylee ate a spinach salad contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 . She spent one month in the hospital, required dialysis, as well as several blood transfusions, and spent an additional two months at home recovering. As a mother and a consumer, I want to make sure the food I’m buying is safe, and that I’m protecting my family from unseen, preventable risks. In Nevada, I know I’m not...
November 2, 2009
A few years ago m y life was much like the lives of many other mothers across the United States . M ost of my waking hours were consumed with my job and taking care of my family. There were times when my daughter Rylee, now 12 years old, would spend the evening i n a sleeping bag near my desk at work. I thought I was doing pretty well keeping up with what was going on in the world by reading the newspaper and watching the news. Needless to say, I hardly had the time to engage in political activism. But then Rylee got sick – and my perspective changed . More than three years ago, for her 9 th...