Is your food safe

CNN REPORTER: A year ago Ashley Armstrong was a healthy, rambunctious two-year old. Some kids won't eat vegetables, but Ashley, no problem.

ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG (MOTHER OF E. COLI VICTIM): We are very healthy eaters, we love lots of salads, lots of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits.

CNN REPORTER: Then last September after a family dinner of lasagna and spinach salad, Ashley got sick with vomiting and diarrhea.

CNN REPORTER: Well what happened next with Ashley?

ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG: We found blood in her diaper and that didn't seem right. It started getting worse, more frequent, that's when they saw her kidneys were failing.

CNN REPORTER: The culprit, E. coli 0157 H7, the bad kind. Once it was a problem in tainted hamburgers, but since 1995 there've been more than twenty outbreaks linked to fresh greens like the baby spinach in the Armstrong salad. After weeks of fighting for her life and months of dialysis, Ashley is home again, but life will never be the same. She's on several medications, doctors say she'll need a kidney transplant in a few years. Fresh vegetables are strictly limited.

ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG: We thought it was safe, it says wash three times and put it in a bowl and we ate it for dinner and our lives were changed forever.

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG (FATHER OF E. COLI VICTIM): I was pretty angry, um actually, um especially after I found out this is a known problem and then they came back and said even two or three weeks after the, after the outbreak "It's fine now, the spinach is fine, you can eat it, it's back on the shelf." What did they do differently? What did they change to make it safe?

CNN REPORTER: The Armstrongs testified before congress asking for tougher food safety laws.

MICHAEL ARMSTRONG: It wasn't getting better, it was getting worse.

CNN REPORTER: Most spinach growers are now taking voluntary steps to keep their spinach safe. Congress must decide if that's enough. Now along with those congressional hearings democrats in both the house and the senate have introduced bills to beef up, if you will, food safety but they told us it's not likely to pass this year. Ashley's recovery is ongoing. She went back to school a few months ago, is doing well physically, but she still has these long term health issues. Doctors say there is no doubt she's going to need a kidney transplant probably in three to ten years. Because she's so young she's likely to need multiple transplants. A kidney typically lasts about twenty years so if she gets a transplant at age ten, she's probably going to need another one at age thirty and so on and so on. You know, Anderson, on a personal note as a father it was hard to hear some of the stories from Ashley's parents, especially when Mr. Armstrong talked about watching her lie there and thinking "It's my job to protect her, I couldn't do anything." It could easily happen to anyone, the whole story is extremely powerful and extremely moving. You can see it all in my special this weekend.

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你的食物安全吗

CNN记者:一年前,艾希莉·阿姆斯特朗还是个健康好动的两岁小孩。一些小孩子不吃蔬菜,但对艾希莉来说却没有问题。

伊丽莎白·阿姆斯特朗(大肠埃希杆菌受害者的母亲):我们的饮食很健康,很喜欢吃沙拉、新鲜蔬菜,和新鲜水果。

CNN记者:去年九月艾希莉在家里的吃过烤宽面条和菠菜沙拉后就开始出现呕吐及腹泻的现象。

CNN记者:然后艾希莉又出现什么情况呢?

伊丽莎白·阿姆斯特朗:我们在她的止尿片上发现了血迹,就感觉好像不太正常。然后她的情况就越来越遭,之后医生就发现她出现肾衰竭的现象。

CNN记者:罪魁祸首大肠埃希杆菌0157 H7是比较严重的一种,曾一度成为污染汉堡包的问题,但是自1995年起,已发生20多起像阿姆斯特朗吃的宝宝菠菜沙拉的新鲜蔬菜污染事件。经过数周与生命的抗争及数月的透析治疗,艾希莉终于又能回家了,但是她的生活永远回不到从前了。她目前接受了几种药物治疗,医生说,最近几年内她就必须进行肾移植,而且饮食上得严格控制新鲜蔬菜。

伊丽莎白·阿姆斯特朗:我们还以为蔬菜很安全,标签上写着洗三次后盛在碗里就能吃了,于是吃了这道菜,结果命运从此发生了转折。

迈克尔·阿姆斯特朗(大肠埃希杆菌受害者的父亲):我感到特别气愤,事实上,特别在得知这种事情原来早就是个问题之后。我女儿生病才过了两三个星期,他们就得出商议结果,说什么"现在问题解决了,菠菜能够安全食用,又重新回到了货架上"之类的话,情况到底有什么不一样,他们又做了那些改变?

CNN记者:阿姆斯特朗一家在国会前作证,他们希望政府能够颁布更严格的食品安全法。

迈克尔·阿姆斯特朗:事情没有任何转机,变得越来越遭。

CNN记者:目前很多菠菜种植者自愿采取措施保证菠菜的安全食用,但国会必须检测这些措施是否有力,目前国会举行了多场听证会,上下议院的很多民主党人都提出加强食品安全检查的议案,但是他们说该议案可能今年不能通过。艾希莉正在恢复当中,她几个月前已经重返学校,虽然现在她身体良好,但仍然存在很多长期的健康问题,医生说,她很可能在3到10年内就得接受肾移植,因为她现在还很小,所以意味着她要接受多次移植。一个肾一般能使用20年,如果她在10岁的时候接受第一次移植的话,那在她30岁的时候很可能就得进行第二次移植,这样一直推算下去。你知道,安德森,作为一个父亲,我听到艾希莉父母讲述的这些故事后很难过,特别是当阿姆斯特朗先生说道,他看着自己的女儿躺在病床上就想"保护她是我的责任,但我却无能为力"。这些事情可能发生在任何人身上,整个故事极具震撼力,让人触动。本周末在我的专题中您能看到整个故事。