* STOP launches new renovated website.


* STOP celebrates their 20th anniversary.

* Our advocates make public comment at the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) hearings in Washington, DC, Chicago, IL, Portland, OR, and Portland, ME.

* CEO, Deirdre Schlunegger attends the Global Safe Food Initiative (GFSI) conference in Barcelona, Spain.


* CEO Deirdre Schlunegger presents STOP’s work at Food Quality Symposium in Palm Desert, CA.

* Non O157 E. coli bacteria are declared adulterants by the USDA.

* STOP helps shine a light on the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in food animal production by participating in Supermoms against Superbugs in Washington, DC.


* STOP Board President and Spokesperson, Nancy Donley, received the National Science Foundation Food Safety Lifetime Achievement Award 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.

* STOP assisted in the Passage of HR 2751: The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, which marks the first food safety legislation in over 70 years!


* STOP held its first Webinar on Import Food Safety – How safe is it? Colleagues at the FDA and CSPI offered their perspectives and expertise.

* STOP spoke at two metrics meetings in Chicago and Portland, Oregon to share how we measure (and how we would like the USDA, FDA and CDC to measure) the progress on Food Safety.

* STOP shared the stories and statistics of foodborne illnesses at the Missouri Environmental Health Conference.

* STOP was invited and met 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.

* STOP held 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.


* STOP members met with U.S. Senators and Representatives to discuss the need for FDA reform and legislative change to overhaul the antiquated systems currently in place.

* STOP spoke at the Indiana Environmental Health Conference , of 160 professionals, on the “Impact of Foodborne Illnesses on Consumers and Businesses.”

* STOP spoke at Missouri’s first Governor’s Summit on Food Safety.

* STOP held an event in New York with public health and nutrition author Marion Nestle.

2007 – 2008

* 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.

* STOP speaks in Geneva, Switzerland, at the invitation of the World Health Organization at a conference on the global burden of foodborne disease.

* STOP moves the national headquarters to Chicago.

* STOP testifies 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.

2005 – 2006

* STOP participates 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.

* STOP calls 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

* STOP begins Community Tours program, holding events in the homes and offices of STOP members across the country teaching food safety and promoting STOP’s mission.

* STOP speaks out about antibiotic-resistant Salmonella bacteria (DT104) in America’s beef supply.

* STOP works closely with Congress in introducing the Safe Food Act of 2005, calling for a single food safety agency.

2003 – 2004

* 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.

* STOP works with CDC’s Food Safe School Coalition to produce a video and school food safety kit to be distributed nationwide.

* STOP releases groundbreaking report, Why Are People Still Dying From Contaminated Food?

2001 – 2002

* STOP wins mandatory pasteurization for all bulk juices.

* STOP prevents reversal of the zero tolerance policy for Salmonella in school lunch meat.

* STOP exposes ongoing distribution of recalled meat in the school lunch program.

* STOP testifies before joint Congressional committee regarding contamination in school lunches.

1999 – 2000

* STOP wins introduction of microbial testing and zero tolerance for pathogens in school lunch meat.

* STOP spurs critical improvements to the recall process for contaminated meat.

* STOP hosts groundbreaking medical conference on long-term health costs of E. coli O157:H7.

* STOP co-produces a brochure with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to inform 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.

1997 – 1998

* STOP holds five-year memorial service for Jack in the Box victims.

* STOP wins mandatory consumer health warning labels for unpasteurized juices.

* STOP convinces USDA to release accurate cooking information to consumers.

* Passage of the Lauren Rudolph Food Safety Act in California is a win for STOP members.

* STOP organizes 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.

1995 – 1996

* STOP sponsors Congressional briefing in Washington, DC which features victims’ testimony and noted consumer advocates.

* STOP presents 100,000 signed postcards to Congress in support of safer meat.

* STOP participates by invitation in a White House press conference opposing deregulation of the food industry.

* STOP wins the first national meat and poultry inspection reforms in 90 years.

1993 – 1994

* STOP holds congressional symposium on Meat Inspection in Washington, DC.

* STOP wins safe handling/warning labels on all meat and poultry products.

* STOP opens national clearinghouse providing information and help for victims and consumers, and 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.

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