July 2021 Snapshots
Buffalo Lake, Minn.
In-plant inspection staff members (pictured, front row, from left) Food Inspector (FI) Mary-Sue Rolfzen, Public Health Veterinarian (PHV) Dr. Hannah Hart and Consumer Safety Inspector Emilia Smith and (pictured, second row, from left) FIs Angela Hollis and Amanda Salazar and Supervisory PHV Dr. Christine Storey welcomed Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, back row, right) to Establishment M-47368, a small beef slaughter and processing plant. The June 25 visit encouraged discussion about safety measures such as making sure unvaccinated inspectors are continuing to wear face masks and face shields and helping encourage inspectors to be vaccinated, if able. Photo courtesy of Dr. Christine Storey, OFO.
On June 24, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, right) appears with Supervisor Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Nicole Hjelle, Consumer Safety Inspector Watashee Marlow and Frontline Supervisor Alicia Holmquist at Establishment M/P-19299, a meat and poultry processing plant. Photo courtesy of Alicia Holmquist, OFO.
On June 24, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured second row, center) gathers with (pictured, first row from left) Food Inspector Ojulu Ojulu and Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) Judy Fleming and (pictured, second row from left) Supervisory CSI Jeff Hruska and CSI Doug Jensen for a group photo at Establishment M-2460, a beef slaughter and processing facility. During the visit, Kiecker and the employees discussed animal welfare and humane handling conditions at the establishment, safety concerns, COVID-19 travel restrictions, policies affecting FSIS employees, and staffing issues. Photo by Dr. Amy Swenson, OFO.
While in the Des Moines District on June 24, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, right) met with FSIS inspection personnel assigned to Establishment M-32130, a turkey slaughter and processing facility. Pictured, from left: Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) Shane Hartman, Frontline Supervisor Dr. Amy Swenson and CSI Cliff Scholten. During the visit, they discussed information shared on the recent Employee Town Hall meeting, as well as the CSIs’ career plans within FSIS. Photo by an establishment employee.
On June 25, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, left) is retrieving his knife and hook from his scabbard prior to assisting with breaks at Establishment M-45471, a beef slaughter plant. When visiting FSIS inspectors, he often joins team members on the line. He assisted (pictured, near right) Consumer Safety Inspector Amy Finnell and (pictured, right) Food Inspector Troy Swartz. Photo by Dr. Amy Swenson, OFO.