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Benefit set Aug. 10 for STOP Foodborne Illness

The national nonprofit advocacy group STOP Foodborne Illness is inviting supporters to “STOP @ Dovetail Brewery” for a benefit event in Chicago on Aug. 10.

Tickets are available online for $85 each for the evening of craft beer, appetizers and jazz at the Windy City’s newest craft brewery, The Dovetail Brewery. On tap — literally — will be a traditional German-style Lager, a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen and a Franconian-style Rauchbier, according to information at www.stopfoodborneillness.org.

STOP-Foodborne-Illness-2016-benefitSTOP Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit public health organization dedicated to the prevention of illness and death from foodborne pathogens by advocating for sound public policy, building public awareness, and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. Its programs are made available through grants and donations.

The group was founded, in part, by Darin Detwiler, the father of 16-month-old Riley Detwiler who died as a result of a 1993 E. coli outbreak.

Originally called Safe Tables Our Priority (STOP), today STOP Foodborne Illness has more than 31,000 supporters nationwide. The group has partnered with Congress, the USDA, the FDA, the CDC and other relevant agencies 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,” according to the organization’s website.

“Since STOP Foodborne Illness was founded, we have been instrumental in passing food safety laws including the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).”

For those who cannot attend the benefit event and wish to make a donation, visit the STOP Foodborne Illness website.

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