Agricultural Economics Department


Date of this Version



Cornhuskers Economic, February 11, 2015.


Copyright University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Stories such as Kevin Kowalcyk’s, who passed away in 2001 at the age of two after consuming an E. coli O157:H7 contaminated hamburger, present a stark reminder of the importance of food safety. In honor of Kevin’s memory, proposed legislation nicknamed Kevin’s Law (formally known as the Meat and Poultry Pathogen Reduction and En-forcement Act of 2003) was introduced in 2002 aimed at authorizing the USDA to enforce strin-gent safety standards for meat and poultry. Even though this proposed legislation never became law, key elements of Kevin’s Law eventually became part of the more comprehensive FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into law in 2011.