"When you're a mom and your child gets seriously ill, it breaks your heart. It makes you mad when you learn that more could have been done to prevent your child's illness. It makes you determined that no one's child should be put at risk unnecessarily when provided a basic need for survival: food.
My now 16-year-old son Matthew contracted an E. coli O157:H7 infection and hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in 2002. His illness was linked to a recalled food. That's why my family supports strong food safety legislation currently being considered in Congress. Before my son got sick, I believed that our government and our food regulatory agencies were on top of making us aware and keeping our food safe. Sadly, now I know that's not the case..."