White House needs to act on deadly E. coli NOW!
  • Petitioned Jacob Lew

This petition was delivered to:

Director, Office of Management and Budget
Jacob Lew
Secretary, US Department of Agriculture
Tom Vilsak
President of the United States

White House needs to act on deadly E. coli NOW!

    1. Petition by

      Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention

Over the past few weeks, while we have watched Europe suffer from a deadly E. coli outbreak that has sickened thousands and left over 30 dead, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget continues to sit on a United States Department of Agriculture proposal to declare six disease-causing strains of E.coli as “adulterants” in food.  The adulterant label means there would be zero tolerance for those strains of E. coli in certain beef products.  If they are found in these products, they must be destroyed – taken out of the food chain, out of restaurants and grocery stores, and off our plates. 

USDA sent in its request in early January.   Yet, despite evidence from several outbreaks – both domestic and international – showing illnesses from these deadly strains of E. coli, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget says that the six strains are too rare and do not have a large enough economic impact to cause a policy change.  We disagree and the people of Germany would too. 

The United States needs to start tracking and condemning products contaminated with deadly E. coli strains because Americans need the same level of protection from other disease-causing strains of E. coli.  Plus, we need to develop a process for identifying disease-causing foodborne pathogens so that, as new strains emerge, our federal food oversight agencies will have the authority to add new adulterants to the list. 

Tell the White House that America needs a stronger food safety system and that they must approve the United States Department of Agriculture’s proposed policy change to declare additional disease-causing E. coli strains as adulterants in certain kinds of beef.  The time to act is now, NOT after a similar monster E. coli outbreak strikes our citizens.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. The time to act on E. coli is now--not after more people get sick

    3. Thousands have been sickened and more than 30 people died as a result of Europe's recent E. coli outbreak

    4. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Sandi Hornsby White GRASS VALLEY, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      This responsibility also falls on the butcher and meat department of every food store. Ask more questions and buy organic from someone you know and trust. Hamane treatment is really needed for producing healthy meat.

    • Jessica Avena INDIO, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      for a healther future for myself and family

    • Douglas Ostarch WEST HEMPSTEAD, NY
      • about 3 years ago

      I feel that what is going on in the food industry and many multi national companies is all about the profits and a complete disregard for life. Take the hit of a lawsuit because the profits far outweigh the loss. Sad but very true and the political revolving door of putting people incharge of policeing the industry that they are tied to. Lobbyist and big contributions to tie the hands of the organizations that are there to protect the people making them powerless. In NY the MTA has a saying, "If You See Something, Say Something". I say, "If you Know Something, Do Something". E-mail THIS LINK AND LET PEOPLE KNOW, LET IT GO VIRAL! Let us make a difference and remember a snowflake is harmless by itself, but when they stick together they can bring a major city to it's knees.

    • Elizabeth Hock GREENSBORO, NC
      • about 3 years ago

      I work in a hospital and see the impacts of unsafe food too often!

    • Sandra Dostaler MIAMI, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      I just saw Food Inc on video and had no idea what's been going on. I'm disgusted


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