Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development
Dan Engeljohn, PhD, has been with the U.S. Department of Agriculture since 1979 and was named Assistant Administrator for the Office of Policy and Program Development (OPPD) in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) at USDA in July of 2014. In this position, he leads the development of Agency policies and the development and publication of numerous FSIS policy documents, including regulations, instructions to the field, and guidance to industry.
Dr. Engeljohn directs staff that conducts economic analyses for regulations and Agency policy; reviews and approves labels for meat, poultry and egg products; and reviews and approves the use of new technologies and ingredients in meat, poultry, and egg products. His responsibilities also include development of Agency policy and instructions to the field concerning import and export of meat, poultry, and egg products.
Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Field Operations and was responsible for ensuring that the risk management policies for food safety and animal welfare were effectively conducted by nearly 7,800 employees in approximately 6,000 meat, poultry, and processed egg, and import facilities. Dr. Engeljohn also previously served as the Assistant Administrator for the Office of Policy and Program Development (OPPD). In his 26 years with OPPD, he developed food safety policies and procedures to ensure that FSIS fulfills its mission. In his 34 years of experience as a government regulator of the food industry, Dr. Engeljohn has served as a scientific spokesperson on food safety strategies, including food irradiation and pathogen control procedures.
Engeljohn earned a PhD in Nutrition, at Howard University, Washington, DC, specializing in Human Experimental Nutrition, and has taught an introductory nutrition course at the university for 17 years. He received his Bachelor’s and Masters’ degrees at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.