"As we celebrate the holiday season, there are countless unsung heroes among us who deserve our recognition, but too often go unnoticed.
In Minnesota, we are fortunate to have several heroes who played a major role in the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act that will be signed into law before the end of the year.
One of these heroes is Jeff Almer. By now, you may have heard of the tragic case of Shirley Almer, a 72-year-old grandmother from Perham, Minn.,who survived two bouts of cancer only to be killed in December 2007 by eating a piece of toast with peanut butter that was contaminated with deadly salmonella bacteria.
Her son, Jeff, was not going to let his mother's death be in vain. So he became a vocal and passionate advocate for stronger, more effective food safety laws..."