* In the Spring, CEO Deirdre Schlunegger, shared the mission of STOP Foodborne Illness at two public health events. On April 4 Deirdre joined constituent Rustin Brown, who was a featured speaker in Monterey, at Safe Food California. On June 7 she was joined by David Clubb in Houston, TX where they both spoke at the Harris County Food Safety Summit.
* In November, STOP held a fundraiser during which we were able to honor two of our favorite Food Safety Heroes. For over 20 years, after the death of her son Alex, Nancy Donley’s advocacy and determination helped make food safer for every American. She was presented with the Legacy Tribute award. Frank Yiannas, Vice President of Food Safety for Walmart Corporation, received the Industry Advocate Hero award for 2015.
* Darin Detwiler was a keynote speaker at major national and international food policy conferences, including the Dubai International Food Safety Conference, Dubai, UAE, and the Food Safety Summit, Baltimore, MD. Speaking on the consumer perspective on food safety, Darin tells the stories of victims from foodborne pathogens.
* A food safety win: Sending a strong message to both the food industry and victims of foodborne illness, a landmark court case involving food safety fraud ends with jail time for 3 executives whose actions resulted in the 2008-2009 Salmonella outbreak that led to the deaths of nine Americans and the sicknesses of more than 700 people across 47 states.
* STOP Foodborne Illness launches newly renovated website, including redesigned e-Alerts and eNews.
* Darin Detwiler is hired as the new Senior Policy Coordinator for Food Safety.
* Food Safety Heroes, Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, Mike Taylor, and his team at the FDA are honored for their work with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
* A new LGMA Tech training video by STOP Foodborne Illness and the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (LGMA) is produced and put into action, becoming an example of what former FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor calls “a spirt of partnership which characterizes today’s food safety landscape”.
* Several constituents (who were victims of foodborne illness from leafy greens) and STOP staff members meet in San Luis Obispo, CA, with LGMA leadership and farmers to see their food safety program first-hand.
* Our volunteer advocates make public comments at the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) hearings in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, and Portland, ME.
* STOP Foodborne Illness Introductory Video is translated and subtitled in Spanish.
* We celebrate our 20th anniversary.
* CEO Deirdre Schlunegger presents STOP’s work at Food Quality Symposium in Palm Desert, CA.
* A food safety win: Non-O157 E. coli bacteria (O26, O103, O45, O111, O121, and O145) are declared adulterants by the USDA.
* We help shine a light on the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production by participating in Supermoms against Superbugs in Washington, DC.
* Board President and Spokesperson, Nancy Donley, receives the Food Safety Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for her dedication to advocating for a safer food supply.
* Safe Tables Our Priority (S.T.O.P.) changes their name to STOP Foodborne Illness.
* Through the advocacy of our constituents, and the help of many friends, we assist in the passage of HR 2751: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which marks the first food safety legislation in over 70 years!
* We hold our first Webinar: Import Food Safety – How safe is it? Colleagues at the FDA and CSPI offered their perspectives and expertise.
* STOP speaks at two metrics meetings in Chicago, IL and Portland, OR to share how we measure (and how we would like the USDA, FDA and CDC to measure) the progress on Food Safety.
* We shared the stories and statistics of foodborne illnesses at the Missouri Environmental Health Conference.
* At his invitation, we meet with the Undersecretary for Food Safety at the USDA to share our concerns on the need to declare non-O157:H7 E. coli bacteria as adulterants in our meat supply.
* We hold a rally in front of the Department of Agriculture building in Washington, DC, asking them to declare non-O157:H7 E. coli bacteria as adulterants in our meat supply.
* Speaking to 700 attendees, STOP presented at plenary session in front of the Food Safety Educators Conference in Atlanta, GA. STOP was also chosen to present at two other breakout sessions.
* Many of our members meet with U.S. Senators and Representatives to discuss the need for FDA reform and legislative change to overhaul the antiquated systems currently in place.
* We speak at the Indiana Environmental Health Conference , of 160 professionals, on the “Impact of Foodborne Illnesses on Consumers and Businesses.”
* We speak at Missouri’s first Governor’s Summit on Food Safety.
* Together with public health and nutrition author Marion Nestle, we hold an event in New York City.
* STOP holds a commemorative 15 Years Since Jack in the Box Outbreak Teleseminar call and introduces our landmark Long-Term Consequences of Foodborne Disease project.
* On STOP’s behalf, Nancy Donley speaks in Geneva, Switzerland, at the invitation of the World Health Organization at a conference on the global burden of foodborne disease.
* Chicago, IL becomes our national headquarters.
* Our advocates testify before Congress on carbon monoxide (CO) issue in meat and calls for a re-examination of the process as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) by FDA.
* We participate in USDA’s Food Safety Education Conference in Denver, CO and speaks on the economic and emotional burden of foodborne illness.
* With the launch of our Teleseminar Series of expert talks on relevant food safety topics, STOP unites members nationwide via 800 call-in service.
* We call for a ban on the use of carbon monoxide (CO) in case-ready meats packaged in a modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and testifies against its use at a hearing in Chicago.
* Our Community Tours program begins by holding events in the homes and offices of constituent members across the country, teaching food safety and promoting mission of STOP.
* We speak out about antibiotic-resistant Salmonella bacteria (DT104) in America’s beef supply.
* Working closely with Congress in introducing the Safe Food Act of 2005, we call for a single food safety agency.
* STOP assists in organizing and has several victim speakers participate in the Families and Patients Forum on Foodborne Diseasesponsored by the U.S. House of Representative’s Food Safety Caucus.
* We work with CDC’s Food Safe School Coalition to produce a video and school food safety kit to be distributed nationwide.
* We release our groundbreaking report, Why Are People Still Dying From Contaminated Food?
* A win for food safety: mandatory pasteurization for all bulk juices.
* We prevent reversal of the zero tolerance policy for Salmonella in school lunch meat.
* STOP exposes ongoing distribution of recalled meat in the school lunch program.
* We give testimony before a joint Congressional committee regarding contamination in school lunches.
* A win for food safety: Introduction of microbial testing and zero tolerance for pathogens in school lunch meat.
* STOP spurs critical improvements to the recall process for contaminated meat.
* We play host to a groundbreaking medical conference on long-term health costs of E. coli O157:H7.
* Together with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we co-produce a brochure with information for parents of small children.
* STOP President, Nancy Donley, is named Community Champion by Civil Justice Foundation and receives Consumer Federation of America’s Golden Carrot Award.
* A five-year memorial service is held for Jack in the Box victims.
* A food safety win: mandatory consumer health warning labels for unpasteurized juices.
* STOP convinces the USDA to release accurate cooking information to consumers.
* Passage of the Lauren Rudolph Food Safety Act in California is a win for STOP members.
* We organize a meeting of victim advocates with decision-makers at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
* In Meat and Poultry magazine, STOP is named one of the Top 10 Influential Powerhouses in the Meat and Poultry Industry.
* STOP sponsors Congressional briefing in Washington, DC which features victims’ testimony and noted consumer advocates.
* We present 100,000 signed postcards to Congress in support of safer meat.
* By invitation, we participate in a White House press conference opposing deregulation of the food industry.
* A food safety win: the first national meat and poultry inspection reforms in 90 years.
* STOP holds congressional symposium on Meat Inspection in Washington, DC.
* A food safety win: safe handling/warning labels on all meat and poultry products.
* Opening a national clearinghouse providing information and help for victims and consumers, STOP establishes a toll-free hotline for foodborne illness victims.
* Foodborne illness victims and friends found Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP) to address the void in national food policy arena.