Food, Inc.



A Critical Conversation

CFI co-founders Barbara Kowalcyk and Patricia Buck shared Kevin’s story in the 2009 Academy Award-nominated documentary “Food, Inc.”

In the interview, Kowalcyk recounts heartbreaking moments from the 12 days after her 2 1/2 year old son contracted E. coli O157:H7. Kevin consequently developed Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a life-threatening complication that completely shut down his intestines. Tainted ground beef in a hamburger he’d eaten was suspected.

The camera also follows the women to Capitol Hill  as they meet with senators, seeking a co-sponsor for Kevin's Law

The bill has still not passed, although elements of it are contained in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which  President Barack Obama signed into law  In 2011.

CFI was not involved in the production of the documentary and Kowalcyk admits there are some things in the film, such as feeding cows grass to reduce pathogens, that she does not feel there is enough scientific evidence to support, but, Kowalcyk says, “Food, Inc.” is an important film.

“It raised awareness about the complex nature of our food supply,” she explains. “It began a critical conversation about the challenges we must overcome to make it safe, secure and sustainable for American families.”

“There is no simple solution to the food issues we face in the 21st century, and no one sector of the food supply can solve these problems on its own. We believe this conversation must continue, and it has to include all food safety stakeholders.”