CU Activist Featured On NPR’s The Story
By Consumers Union on Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Peter Hurley‘s son Jacob, an energetic, creative 3-year-old fond of playing with his friends and his sisters, came down with flu-like symptoms in January 2009. Neither Peter nor his wife had any idea at the time that their active toddler was actually sickened by Salmonella in peanut butter crackers.
Since that time Peter has taken time off work as a police officer traveling back and forth between DC and Portland, OR to advocate for food safety reform. NPR’s The Story is currently featuring a profile of Peter’s. Take a moment and then call your Senator or click here to take online action.
A Cop for food safety
Congress is back at work this week. One piece of legislation the Senate will be considering is the Food Safety Modernization Act. It would create a new agency that would work to reduce the number of e-coli and salmonella outbreaks. A year ago this country endured one of the biggest outbreaks of salmonella ever, from contaminated peanuts processed in Georgia.
Eventually hundreds of products were recalled, over 700 people fell ill, and 9 people died. The Hurley family in Portland, Ore. was one of the affected families. Their three-year-old son Jacob got salmonella from peanut butter crackers his parents bought at Costco. In the year since, his father, Peter Hurley, has made numerous trips to Washington, D.C. to lobby for tougher food regulations. Dick Gordon talks with Peter about why and how our food supply chain could be a lot safer.
Click here to listen now then call your Senator!