U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has proposed new legislation that would seek to eradicate E. coli contamination in food. According to a report by the North County Gazette, the new legislation would mandate E. coli inspections of all ground beef.

Gillibrand authored the legislation in response to a new report released by the USDA that indicates nearly one out of every 300 samples of ground beef contain E. coli.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year an estimated 87 million Americans are sickened by contaminated food, 371,000 are hospitalized with food-borne illness, and 5,700 die from food-related disease. Of those sickened, 70,000 are a result of E. coli, reports the North County Gazette.

Read more about the proposed E. coli eradication act here.

Source: North County Gazette