Nancy Donley, president of STOP Foodborne Illness, was presented with the NSF International Lifetime Achievement Award at the 13th Annual Food Safety Summit in Washington, D.C.


NSF International acknowledged Donley’s “extraordinary efforts, outstanding dedication, and endless passion for food safety.” 


Donley has been a leading proponent of improvement in both government and private food safety efforts.  Since the death of her six-year-old son, Alex, in 1993 from consumption of E. coli O157:H7-contaminated ground beef, she has done extensive advocacy work on behalf of STOP to empower and assist government and industry to continuously improve the safety of the U.S. food supply. 


Donley has participated in numerous newspaper, magazine, television and radio interviews in efforts to build awareness of foodborne risk and educate the public on how best to protect themselves.  She has worked collaboratively with federal food safety agencies, industry, academia and other consumer groups in advancing stronger food safety practices and policies. Her goal is to make the need for STOP obsolete.

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