Faces of Food Safety
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When American consumers think of the United States Department of Agriculture, it's almost always in connection with the mark of inspection that can be found on labels and products.
That mark serves as a seal of approval, bolstering consumers' confidence that the meat, poultry and processed egg products they are about to enjoy are safe and wholesome. And that confidence comes as a result of the work of the men and women of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
"Faces of Food Safety" introduces you to the men and women who play a role in making our food safe.
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Thomas Collaro is a Senior Compliance Investigator based in Philadelphia, Pa., serving the Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit’s (OIEA) Northeast region.
Food Defense Analyst Kelli Willis protects consumers from emergencies; her office supports FSIS' preparedness, response, and recovery initiatives.
|Louis Bluhm, Ph.D.
Louis Bluhm, Ph.D., is the lead chemist on the Laboratory Quality Assurance Staff and administrator of the FSIS Accredited Laboratory Program.
|Meryl Silverman, Ph.D.
Food technologist Meryl Silverman, Ph.D., helps ensure that FSIS policy development initiatives have a strong scientific basis. She provides guidance that helps industry comply with FSIS’ regulatory requirements.
|Dr. Stephanie Defibaugh-Chavez
A love of science led microbiologist Defibaugh-Chavez to FSIS, where she works with many stakeholders and makes recommendations using the best available scientific information.
Natalie L. Martin is Deputy Director of the Internal Controls Staff, in the Office of the Administrator, located in Dallas, Texas.
Barham is a Frontline Supervisor based in Topeka, Kansas, serving in FSIS’ Springdale District. He finds new challenges and issues to resolve every day.
|Dr. Randall Kumpost, DVM
Dr. Randall Kumpost is a Supervisory Enforcement, Investigation, Analysis Officer/Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (SEIAO/SPHV) serving in FSIS’ Des Moines district.
Anthony Thompson, a Training and Program Analysis Specialist with FSIS’ Office of Outreach, Employee Education and Training, manages several of the Agency’s leadership and career development programs,