Last year, food advocate Nancy Huehnergarth and I launched a Change.org petition seeking to prevent the inclusion of Chinese-processed poultry in school meals due to the many serious concerns about China’s food safety record.
We were so gratified when almost 330,000 people signed our petition. This huge outpouring of grassroots support bolstered efforts in Congress – led by Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) – to get language into the 2015 omnibus spending bill keeping Chinese-processed chicken out of school food and other child nutrition programs.
That was great news, but even as we declared victory last year, I explained that the victory might be short lived. I wrote:
To continue to keep Chinese-processed chicken out of school meals and other federal child nutrition programs, this provision will need to appear in subsequent annual appropriations bills, or it will need to be included in the five-year child nutrition reauthorization bill in 2015. Our hope is that it will be included in the latter, and if you signed our petition, we may again contact you if your support is needed to help make that happen.
But now Representative DeLauro has just introduced the Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act of 2015 which, if passed, will permanently ban Chinese meat and poultry from federal child nutrition programs, including school meals. This is great news for the health and safety of our kids.
Please help us support Congresswoman DeLauro’s bill by taking just a moment to call or email your representative and asking him or her to sign on as a cosponsor. To find your representative’s contact information, just click here. And to make it easy for you, here’s a simple script for the call or email:
As a constituent of Rep. ___________________, I am urging him/her to preserve the safety of America’s food by cosponsoring Representative Rosa DeLauro’s Safe Chicken and Meat for Children Act of 2015. This bipartisan bill would protect our children from potentially contaminated meat and poultry processed or raised in China, which has a horrific and deadly track record in food safety.
If Congress does not act now, contaminated poultry could soon be served on our children’s lunch plates in school. Please cosponsor this important bill today!
Last fall, your voices were heard loud and clear by Congress and led to our victory. Let’s make that victory permanent by helping to get Representative DeLauro’s bill passed.
Thank you for your support!