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Richard Rivera on how a victim of food poisoning feels after S 510 falls flat

From Richard Rivera (a.k.a. devoted husband, father and Sen. Reid constituent)

Unbelievable!!! After being promised not once, not twice but three times by Senator Reid and or his office that they would get this bill pushed through and for it not to get pushed is a crying shame. I /Linda are very disappointed. I guess it is going to have to take one of our Senators, wives, mothers, daughters or some family member) to get E-Coli or some type of food borne illness for them to understand the devastation this causes not only to the patient, but to the entire family and extended family.

I am not saying the bill was perfect or that I understand it 100% but some action is better than no action plus we can always amend the bill at a later date can’t we? Like I have said before that if this bill saves just 1 life and 1 family from going through what Linda, myself and our 6 kids (along with the countless others before and after us) have gone through for the past 16.5 months than it is worth it. Just imagine if it saved hundreds of people each year the pain and agony that thousands go through each year, would that be such a bad outcome?

I feel like we should now be able to hold you the Senate accountable for these illnesses as well as the manufacturer because of your inability to take a stand for us the consumers when you knew/know what the outcome could be. If any of you Senators would like to talk with Linda and myself about this please call our Attorney Mr. Bill Marler and he will set up a teleconference with us, but be ready to spend an hour or two with us not 5 minutes we want you to get a full impact of what Linda has gone through let alone our family.

That about sums it up.

  • Paul Webster GHS 74

    Richard I will call from my state, Johnny Isakson, US Senator From Ga. His address is http://isakson.senate.gov/. You may also want to email him as well. I hope there will be more from each State in the U.S that can get behind you. Yours is such a moving story and not wished upon any person or family.

  • Roy Costa

    Dear Mr Rivera:
    On behalf of the food safety community, I humbly ask for your forgiveness. Public health failed you and your family. The most influential amongst us not having the backbone to speak out and demand safe food for you, relishing our jobs, careers and positions over that which is right. Industry failed you, seeking profit over safety. Consumers have failed you, for simply not caring.
    There should be a rash of government resignations in protest, and an outcry from professionals like myself. I sincerely regret that too many of us do not have the courage.
    My prayers are with you and your family.
    Roy Costa

  • Brianna Rivera

    My name is Brianna Rivera and i am the daughter of Richard and Linda rivera. What my family has been through is more than traggic. Its one of those things that you hear about on t.v or on the radio and think “oh those sort of things dont happen to me or my family” And never in your darkest dream think that it would. Today my family and I are living that dark dream. Im a senior in College and will be graduating soon, and i have to think is my dad and mom gonna be able to come and watch me walk the line?!?! Or there’s times when my phone rings and its my dad calling and i get scared to answer it because i think my mom has had another set back in her “recovery.” I would not wish this sort of suffering that my family has gone through on anyone. I am only one out of the 6 kids that has to go through everyday life not knowing what tomorrow will hold for our mom. If there’s something out there that you can do to prevent this sort of suffering to people, why not do so?!?! GWTOY ALWAYS

  • Christina Mason,Las Vegas NV.

    I am so sorry you and your family had to go through this tragedy. The Senate works for us, they are sent to Washington to represent us. If they are not going to take care of us the consumers and protect us, they will not get my vote. You owe this family and every American this bill. What a sad day it has become when our own representatives do not care about us. This family has been through hell. WHY???? because they bought cookie dough REALLY??? Isn’t it time to step up and pass real reform. What does it take before something will be done?? ACT NOW! My thoughts and prayers are with the Rivera Family.

  • Lynn Narak

    I am so sorry this family has had to cope with this medical tragedy because the cookie dough a mother comsumed almost took her life. Everyone in this family has been affected, e.g., children coping an extended absence of their Mom still in recovery & Dad trying to be in two places at once . This family is in my thoughts and prayers today. I am VERY concerned about food safety because it is not possible for my household to produce our own food for our dinner table. I am so disappointed in Senator Reid’s failure to support the Food Safety of my household and everyone else’s in this country. A nuclear dump a few miles from my houshold would endanger our health and safety. Failure to protect out food supply is an IMMEDIATE DANGER to my family’s health. Why should I support his reelection?I

  • Lenora Hayes

    Richard and Linda,
    You are truely the strongest family I know.. It is easy to remain together during the easy times but you have gone through so much!
    I think it is the shame that our goverment controls so much in our lives however when they are asked to step in and help the family’s who have been poisoned by a large corporation. No one has too much to say.
    When we vote in our representatives we hope in our hearts that you have the strength and heart to do what is right by us. Please do not let us all down who have brought you up!!