E. Coli in Speaker Boehner’s District

Sep 28, 2011 5:47pm

The recall of 65 tons of ground beef that might be contaminated with E. coli has hit close to home for House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

The meat, recalled today by Tyson Fresh Meats, was shipped to 16 states. But Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn.,  was eager to point out that the recall was prompted by illnesses that struck a family in Ohio’s 8th District, which is represented in Congress by Republican Boehner.

WCPO, ABC’s affiliate in Cincinnati, reported today, “four children became ill after eating the meat with their family in Butler County, Ohio, in the second week of September.”

“A 9-year-old child was hospitalized for about 10 days with severe diarrhea,” the station reported.

DeLauro said she hopes this is a “wake-up call” for Republicans who plan to cut food-safety funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.

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