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S 510 – FDA Food Safety Modernization Act – a.k.a., “Linda Rivera Act” – will go to Senate Floor next week for vote

After being in the hospital since May of 2009, after $2,500,000 in medical bills and lost wages, after losing a portion of her large intestine, after suffering kidney and liver failure and being ventilator dependent for months, Linda is out of the hospital and heading to rehabilitation.  E. coli O157:H7 is a very nasty bug.

Last week Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, called the Rivera’s to tell them that the bill would be voted on in the coming weeks.  Next week, if rumors are correct, is that week.  It is about time.

  • Teri “T” (McDonald) Williams

    When something as innocuous as cookie dough comes close to killing you several times, there are serious food safety issues that need to be addressed. Linda was (is) a gregarious, outgoing, fully involved “soccer mom” kind of lady. She was so devoted & involved in her boys activities & so excited for them. It was go go go when it came to any activity that involved any of the three of them. Now she’s confined to a hospital bed barely able to speak full sentences IF she was concious at all. This has been her life for 11 months. What’s wrong with this picture?
    Linda and I have been friends for over 40 years (since high school.) I’ve remained close to her as well as her parents and siblings during these years. We’ve been through all the ups and downs of our 20’s, 30’s,40’s and we’ll just stop there.. Her family is my family. Her mother & sister have kept me informed about the seriousness of her illness as well as her progress and relapses. Her recent physical improvements are nothing short miraculous. In the months since her hospitalization,she’s shown her inherant tennacity and inner toughness that so rarely shows outwardly. Only someone who knows her well would guess how tough she really is. In the last few months I’ve been able to speak with her on the phone breifly. Vicki (Linda’s sister) has been kind enough to include me in conference calls to her in the hospital in Vegas when my calls wouldn’t go through to her room. It’s been very difficult to get through to her because there have been restrictions to her phone access. Those converstations with Linda were such a gift. We laughed and we cried..but always, there was/is the love. I am so excited about Linnie being transferred to SF where I/we will be able to visit her and perhaps help with her therapies. Onward to a new and better day. She deserves a full recovery. We, her extended family will do what ever we can to facilitate that. We love you Linnie..and we’re praying for you. “T”