FSIS scientists have the satisfaction of knowing they are protecting the public by providing microbiological, pathological, chemical, and other scientific analyses of meat, poultry, and egg products for pathogens, disease, infection, drugs or other kinds of adulteration. We have developed a risk-based, problem-solving research and technology agenda in cooperation with other Federal and State agencies. We conduct risk assessments to identify and evaluate the potential human health outcomes resulting from the consumption of meat, poultry, and egg products. The results of risk assessments serve as the scientific basis for agency risk management and communication strategies.
Emergencies such as foodborne illness outbreaks and food contamination incidents require quick action. Our scientists conduct epidemiological investigations based on reports of foodborne health hazards and disease outbreaks in collaboration with local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Each emergency of foodborne illness, or adulterated product in commerce, is investigated and risk and compliance evaluated.
Throughout FSIS we have public health professionals such as microbiologists, chemists, epidemiologists, veterinarians, statisticians, nutritionists, medical officers, and risk assessment scientists. Our scientists provide public health leadership and are involved in developing and evaluating sound food safety programs to reduce or eliminate foodborne illness both domestically and abroad.
We have field laboratories located in Alameda, CA; St. Louis, MO; and Athens, GA. We also have a Microbial Outbreak & Special Projects Laboratory in Athens, working to investigate outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, and a Quality Assurance/Quality Control Lab in Athens, overseeing laboratory quality control issues. Scientists located in Washington, DC, provide leadership and expert scientific analysis, advice, data, and recommendations on a variety of public health concerns to FSIS.
FSIS is also recruiting outstanding scientists who have recently completed doctoral work and research and can apply state-of-the-art methodologies to critical issues in food safety. Scientists in our Food Safety Fellows Program are provided opportunities to apply advances in epidemiology, microbiology, risk assessment, and food sciences to include: exposure measurement of biological and chemical hazards in meat and poultry; surveillance for foodborne illness; and the role of food handling in outbreaks and foodborne illness.
For more information call FSIS Human Resources at 1-800-370-3747 (Minneapolis, MN), or visit us at http://www.foodsafetyjobs.gov.