Stop Foodborne Illness in the US

The mission of Stop Foodborne Illness is to:

Support and engage people directly impacted by foodborne illness and mobilize them to help prevent illness and death by driving change through advocacy, collaboration and innovation.

In 1992, most of us had no idea what E. coli was, let alone the kind of havoc it was capable of unleashing.

Unfortunately, in 1993 we learned all too well. Out of the collective grief and anger of individuals, whose children and families were unmercifully caught in what would come to be known as the West Coast E. coli Outbreak, Stop Foodborne Illness formed under the name Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP).

Heartbroken mothers, fathers, siblings, children, and others were propelled by love, confusion, and anger — they knew they had to raise a voice that America would hear. They wanted answers.  They wanted change.  But above all, they wanted to prevent anything like this from happening again.

Today, Stop Foodborne Illness is the voice for all who want to turn awareness into action. We advocate tirelessly to regulate food handling and processing from farm to table. We partner with Congress, the USDA, the FDA, the CDC, and other relevant agencies and organizations to mitigate food safety risks through policy and legislation. We offer peer-to-peer mentoring for victims and families all over the country. We empower others to become food safety advocates themselves through free resources and up-to-date information.

Since Stop Foodborne Illness was founded, we have been instrumental in passing food safety laws including the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Most of all, we are proud of our nationwide community of 31,000 activists and supporters.

 “STOP created the culture of food safety that absolutely has been the driver of everything that’s happened since. It had an immediate effect on the meat industry but… I’m convinced that STOP has cultivated a culture of food safety throughout the food industry. It’s absolutely clear that [STOP is the] catalyst, and that change of mindset has had a transformative effect on the food system in this country.”

– Mike Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Foods, FDA

There’s still work to do. And we can’t do it without you. Help us achieve our vision of a safe food supply for all.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that every year in the United States:

Millions become ill. Over 100,000 are hospitalized. And 3,000 consumers die from foodborne illness.

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