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Officials' Calendar of Meetings, April 2013

This public calendar is issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It lists meetings held by the Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary, Office of Food Safety (OFS) and the Administrator and Deputy Administrator for FSIS with persons outside the Federal Government.

Key to Abbreviations | Archive

OFS/FSIS Official and Title Date and Site Other FSIS/OFS
Participants
Non-FSIS/OFS
Participants
Subject
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS April 3, 2013  
Washington, DC
  Congressional Staff Horse Slaughter
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS April 4, 2013
Washington, DC
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS;  
Philip S. Derfler, Deputy Administrator, FSIS;  
Katie Naessens, Special Assistant, OFS
Megan Westgate, Exec. Director, Non GMO Project;  
Mike Sencer, VP, Hidden Villa Ranch;   
David Pitman, Pitman Family Farms;   
Dave Carter, Crystal Springs Consulting, Inc.
 
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS  April 8, 2013  
Washington, DC
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS;  
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS
Deputy Secretary Merrigan;
Under Secretary Avalos;
Acting Administrator Shea;
Dr. Clifford, APHIS;

Bill Mattos, President, California Poultry;  
California Poultry Executive Committee
Thank USDA for leadership in recent trade agreements; the ongoing success APHIS Cooperative Agreements that have helped stop the spread of Bird Flu; support for recently announced FSIS inspection plan; the GIPSA Livestock Marketing Rule; support for “natural” labeling that consumers can understand.
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS  April 8, 2013  
Washington, DC
Deputy Secretary Merrigan;  
Under Secretary Ed Avalos;
Under Secretary Dr. Elisabeth Hagen;
Acting Administrator Kevin Shea;  
Dr. John Clifford, APHIS, Veterinary Services 
California Poultry Federation Executive Committee - Bill Mattos;
Foster Farms; - Richie King;
Petaluma Poultry Processors - Mike Leventini;
Pitman Family Farms- David Pitman;
Zacky Farms
Trade Agreements to stop the spread of the bird flu, support of the FSIS inspection plan, GIPSA Livestock Marketing Rule; support for "natural labeling" for consumers
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS April 9, 2013  
Washington, DC
  Gerry Ritz, Canadian Minister of Agriculture;
Other USDA Representatives
Meeting in the Secretary's Office
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS  April 10, 2013  
Washington, DC
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS Barry Carpenter, National Meat Association;
Adam Aronson, CEO of Arrowsight
Discuss options for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of meat inspections; and use of video auditing to enhance the effectiveness of the current inspection process.
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS  April 12, 2013
Washington, DC 
  Independent Expert Advisory Panel  XL Foods - Conference Call
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS  April 15, 2013
Washington, DC
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS National Chicken Council - Mike Brown, Gary Kushner Discuss the HACCP Plan Reassessment Notice issued on December 6, 2012 and the proposed poultry slaughter rule.
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS  April 15, 2013
Washington, DC
Philip S. Derfler, Deputy Administrator, FSIS;  
Patty Bennett, Acting Chief of Staff, FSIS;
Carol Blake, Assistant Administrator, FSIS OPACE;  
Christopher Gould, FSIS OPACE
ASPCA Horse Slaughter
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS  April 16, 2013
Washington, DC
  Anna Macmillan, OSEC;
Representatives From: American Academy of Pediatrics, Consumers Union, Healthcare without Harm, Keep Antibiotics Working, League of United Latin American Citizens, March of Dimes, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Physicians for Social Responsibility
USDA Meeting with visiting "Supermoms Against Superbugs"
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS  April 17, 2013  
Washington, DC
  Consumer Group Meeting  
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS  April 18, 2013
Washington, DC
  Industry Meeting  
Alfred V. Almanza, Administrator, FSIS April 18, 2013  
Washington, DC 
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS;  
Philip S. Derfler, Deputy Administrator, FSIS
National Chicken Council - Mike Brown, Gary Kushner, Tom Super Conference Call
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, Under Secretary, OFS  April 22, 2013  
Washington, DC 
Adela Ramos, Chief of Staff, OFS;  
Katie Naessens, Special Assistant, OFS
Stephanie Chan, OC;
Representative from National Journal
Conference Call:  Profile Interview with the National Journal
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen,  Under Secretary, OFS  April 24, 2013  
Washington, DC 
Katie Naessens, Special Assistant, OFS;
Cathy Cochran, FSIS
Amber Healy, Food Chemical News In-Person Interview
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS April 24, 2013  
Washington, DC 
Katie Naessens, Special Assistant, OFS;
Carol Blake, Assistant Administrator, FSIS  OPACE;  
Aaron Lavallee, Deputy Assistant Administrator, FSIS  OPACE
   
Brian E. Ronholm, Deputy Under Secretary, OFS April 26, 2013  
Washington, DC 
  Organic Trade Association - Suzanne Palmieri Organics

 

Abbreviations

  • OA—Office of the Administrator, FSIS
  • OC—Office of Communications, USDA
  • ODIFP—Office of Data Integration and Food Protection, FSIS
  • OFO—Office of Field Operations, FSIS
  • OFS—Office of Food Safety, USDA
  • OM—Office of Management, FSIS
  • OPACE—Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, FSIS
  • OIEA—Office of Investigation, Enforcement, and Audit, FSIS
  • OPHS—Office of Public Health Science, FSIS
  • OPPD—Office of Policy and Program Development, FSIS
  • OSEC—Office of the Secretary, USDA
  • PHIS—Public Health Information System

  • AMI—American Meat Institute
  • AMS—Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA
  • APHIS—Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA
  • BIFSCO—Beef Industry Food Safety Council
  • CFIA—Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • FFAS—Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, USDA
  • FDA—U.S. Food and Drug Administration, HHS
  • FMI—Food Marketing Institute
  • GMA—Grocery Manufacturers Association
  • HHS—U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • HSUS—Humane Society of the United States
  • MRP—Marketing and Regulatory Programs, USDA
  • NAFV—National Association of Federal Veterinarians
  • NCBA—National Cattlemen's Beef Association
  • NMA—National Meat Association
  • NRCS—Natural Resources Conservation Service, USDA

 

Last Modified Feb 11, 2014