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Faces of Food Safety

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.


   
Victoria Usher

Victoria Usher
This Faces of Food Safety introduces Victoria Usher, Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit  investigator and dedicated volunteer.

   

Dr. Jarrel B. (Brent) Perry, DVM 
Meet Dr. Brent Perry, a supervisory veterinary medical officer and frontline supervisor in the Dallas district. During his years in the food industry, he has been both a producer and regulator.  

   
Dr. Chau Vu Dr. Chau Vu 
Dr. Vu holds many titles: FSIS Supervisory Enforcement Investigations and Analysis Officer, Captain with the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Doctor of podiatry and pharmacy, and wife and mother.
   
Michael Gafrancesco Michael Gafrancesco
This consumer safety inspector in Syracuse made a tremendous difference in the lives of others during this year’s Feds Feed Families campaign.
   
Shunekia McAuley-Spears Shunekia McAuley-Spears
“I love food, and I love science,” says McAuley-Spears, a consumer safety inspector in New Orleans who is celebrating her tenth year with FSIS.
   
Photo, Mike Piotrowski Michael Piotrowski
Consumer safety inspector Piotrowski makes sure that plants are in compliance with FSIS regulations and ensures that the integrity of the mark of inspection is maintained.
   
Barry Rhodes Barry Rhodes
Rhodes thrives in a fast-paced work environment and likes the excitement that comes with being an FSIS program analyst and the liaison to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection
   
Photo, Jeffery Jacobsen Jeffery Jacobsen
Jacobsen serves as an Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officer (EIAO) in the Des Moines district. EIAOs have a diverse and complex part to play in the FSIS mission.
   
Scott Seys
Senior Epidemiologist Seys solves scientific problems that directly impact public health. He enjoys collaborating and working with other federal, state and local agencies and national organizations.
   
Photo of CSI Rick Toot CSIs Anthony Carson, Rick Toot and Rosalinda Curb: The Agency's Mission in Action
These Consumer Safety Inspectors are hard at work every day to transform "humane handling" from a catch phrase to a reality. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Dr. Joanna Zablotsky Kufel Dr. Joanna Zablotsky Kufel
Public Health Analyst Zablotsky Kufel is making sure FSIS uses the data we collect to write policies and design programs that prevent foodborne illness. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Mark Underberg Mark Underberg
Integrity—it is a word to live by for import inspector Mark Underberg, who makes sure that products imported from other countries are as safe as those produced domestically. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Natasha Williams Natasha Williams
Since coming to FSIS, program specialist Williams has been focused on building connections and bringing people together to achieve common goals. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Dr. Doug Fulnechek Dr. Douglas Fulnechek
Fulnechek says as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer he takes great pride in working to prevent foodborne illness and protecting the public health of consumers. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Michelle Cox Michelle Cox
Cox, a recipient of the Administrator's Award of Excellence, is a Supervisory Consumer Safety Inspector. Her job involves supervising and training inspectors. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Nonnie Holliman Nonnie Holliman
Holliman says that a lot has changed since he began his career on the inspection line in the early 1970s. "We are doing a better job and finding problems early." | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Dr. Regina Tan Dr. Regina L. Tan
Tan directs a team responsible for detecting health hazards and clusters of disease associated with FSIS-regulated products. She describes her work: "I save lives." | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Olga Morales Olga Morales
In FSIS' Office of Program Evaluation, Enforcement and Review, Morales manages cases involving violations of FSIS' statutes and regulations. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Nancy Atkins Dr. Nancy Atkins
District Veterinary Medical Specialist Nancy Atkins makes sure that animals are handled and slaughtered in a humane way and that facilities follow Federal law. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Jeremy Todd Reed Jeremy "Todd" Reed
Reed's work making a difference: He is revolutionizing the way FSIS uses data. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Bridgette Keefe-Hodgson Bridgette Keefe-Hodgson
For the past 7 years, Keefe-Hodgson has been the chief communicator to, and an advocate for, deaf and hard-of-hearing consumers needing information from FSIS. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Lt. Nisha Oatman Antoine Lt. Nisha Oatman Antoine
Lt. Antoine is an FSIS biologist and member of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Joseph Woltz III Joseph Woltz III
What could be more rewarding than a career where your daily grind is protecting people from foodborne illnesses? | Add your comments on the USDA Blog
   
Photo of Dr. Katherine E. Ralston Katherine E. Ralston, DVM
Dr. Ralston, a public health veterinarian in FSIS' Dallas District Office, takes pride in promoting public health and proper livestock handling. | Add your comments on the USDA Blog

 

Last Modified Mar 28, 2014