Bruises everywhere. Central line heart surgery. Silent cries and hoarse voices from intubation.
PATHOGEN: Listeria | SOURCE: Ready-to-Eat Meats
Wondering why it still happens, even more often, 18 years later. Wondering if we will ever forget. Wondering how we all three somehow survived when the strain we had kills 30% of those stricken with it.
What do we have to say, 18 years later? Thank you.
Thank you to Stop Foodborne Illness for allowing us to try to heal. For letting us focus on preventing others from suffering the way we did. Thank you for letting us participate in advocating for better laws, rallying for better testing, and videotaping us to help others who have the power to make food safer understand, for allowing us to hold a fundraiser, for having the media call us, for introducing us to others like us. Thank you for empowering us and for teaching us how to take a stand. Thank you for not forgetting us, one family, out of so many families.
We hope over the next 18 years we can do even more, because we all have to eat. And we will always want to Stop Foodborne Illness. Thank you for all you do, for all the victims.
As the voice of people affected by foodborne illness, we collaborate with partners in academia, the food industry, and government to prevent foodborne illness. We advocate for effective food safety policy and facilitate culture change to increase food safety.