Beginning September 2018 with Stop Foodborne Illness

David Theno (1950-2017)

David Theno

Thanks to the generous outpouring from Dave’s family, friends and colleagues, the Staff and Board of Stop Foodborne Illness have created the

Dave Theno Food Safety Fellowship.

David Theno was a man of action, and was passionate about what it really meant to keep food safe. It was about family. A friendship with one of the founders of Stop Foodborne Illness (who lost a child to E. coli O1578:H7) profoundly influenced Dave to keep a photograph of her daughter, Lauren Beth, in his wallet throughout his career, to remind him of the devastation wrought by foodborne pathogens. As a result, he worked tirelessly to create a culture of food safety. Stop Foodborne Illness considers it a great honor to sustain his passion and carry on his work, through the Dave Theno Food Safety Fellowship.

Stop Foodborne Illness began in 1993, after a deadly west coast E. coli outbreak related to hamburger from a popular fast food chain. Grieving parents, friends and families wanted answers, and came together as a force for change in the aftermath of tragedy. Through the years, we have dedicated our mission to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens by advocating for sound public policy, building public awareness, and by assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. Today, Stop Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit working with consumers, the food industry, government, and other stakeholders to establish a powerful and effective food safety culture.

The Dave Theno Food Safety Fellowship is in its beginning stages.

A dedicated team of food safety professionals from a diverse background are putting their minds and experience together to make the Stop Foodborne Illness Dave Theno Food Safety Fellowship the best it can possibly be. A full program with goals, milestones, and outcomes is currently in development and is expected in early 2018. In its first year, the Fellowship will run from September 2018 through August 2019. Working with individuals and families impacted by foodborne illness, as well as industry partners, and legal representatives, the Fellow will be exposed to the realities and outcomes of foodborne disease.

In June 2018, an applicant who is a graduate of a Food Safety Program will be chosen as our inaugural Fellow. Inquiries are now being accepted. For more information and to add your name to the mailing list, please contact Stop’s Community Coordinator, Stanley Rutledge, at


If you’d like to make an online financial contribution to the Fellowship click here: and designate “Dave Theno Fellowship” or send a check to: Stop Foodborne Illness, 4809 N Ravenswood Ave, #214, Chicago, IL 60640 /Attn: DTF



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