"The first thing Pocatello resident Jeff Allgood will tell you about his son Kyle is that he was always in a hurry. Kyle was born in the Allgood family's upstairs bathroom because he arrived faster than an ambulance could. He was a quick learner and walked and talked well before he was expected to.
"He was pretty excited to get into this life, I guess," said Allgood. "That's kind of how his whole life went. He was always in a hurry to grow up."
Kyle was a strong, healthy and active 2-year-old when he fell ill with what appeared to be a bad stomach flu.
"It didn't really worry us at first," said Allgood. Kyle's older sister had been ill for several days, and Kyle didn't begin to show symptoms until after she had recovered. But in the first few days of his illness Kyle's symptoms worsened, and Allgood suspected he knew why.
"We had heard the reports that there was E. Coli in spinach and we were eating it regularly," he said. "We said that we think that it's E. Coli, so that's how we were treating him the whole time."
"Since Kyle's death, Allgood has become an advocate for better food safety regulations. He is currently involved in a campaign to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act, a law signed by President Barack Obama in January 2011. The act is a consolidation of several laws drafted gradually over the last 15 years and serves mainly to update food safety provisions upheld by the Food and Drug Administration. According to Sandra Eskin, project director of the Pew Health Group's Food Safety Campaign, certain food safety regulations haven't been changed since the 1930s.
"What you were dealing with in terms of food safety threats at that point are very different than what we deal with now," Eskin said."
For more insight on the death of two-year-old Kyle Allgood, this is his family's story.
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