November 2021 Snapshots
On Nov. 4, the Des Moines District Office, in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Ecolab, provided a learning opportunity at the Wisconsin Food Safety Summit. The summit educates, allows for the exchange of information, and opens lines of communication between different segments of industry, public health officials and regulatory agencies.
FSIS provided updates and discussed a variety of topics, including: the significance of microbiological sampling in meat and poultry establishments; microbiological sampling, methods, sample work-up and interpreting results; sampling procedure demonstrations; sanitation basics; and approaches to developing and implementing effective pre-operational and operational sanitation.
Participants had an opportunity to bring up questions or concerns to FSIS employees and request clarification on FSIS issuances.
Pictured, from left: Office of Field Operations (OFO) Assistant Administrator Dr. Philip Bronstein; Office of Policy and Program Development Senior Food Technologist Dr. Meryl Silverman; University of Wisconsin-Madison Lab Manager Cindy Austin; University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor/Extension Meat Specialist Jeff Sindelar; OFO Enforcement Investigation and Analysis Officers Dana Ewald and Tiffiny Pierce. Not pictured is Ecolab Account Manager Jan Murray. Photo by Outreach Specialist University of Wisconsin-Madison Jesse Brookstein.
On Oct. 28 Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, right) talks with Food Inspector Richard Grant as Grant works the final rail at Establishment 13054, a beef slaughter and processing establishment. Photo by Robert Witte, OA.
On Oct. 28, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, left) met with Frontline Supervisor Dr. Carrie Teetz and Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Mbarouk Shariff at Establishment 13054. Among other things, the trio spoke about their very different career paths. Dr. Teetz has lived and worked in the area most of her life, while Dr. Shariff has moved back-and-forth between New England and Texas over his FSIS career. Photo by Robert Witte, OA.
Fort Worth, Texas
On Oct. 29, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, back row, center) visited with inspection personnel at Establishments (Est.) 47104 and 47104B, two establishments separated by a road. Est. 47104 slaughters and processes beef. Est. 47104B slaughters and processes feral swine, where inspection program personnel (IPP) were wearing face shields before COVID to mitigate the risk of Brucellosis from feral swine.
During the visit, the team and the Administrator discussed methods for addressing loud working conditions, and opportunities to lateral into other positions to obtain a better work/life balance. Kiecker also thanked IPP for their great work.
Picture, front row, from left: Food Inspectors Nancy Rangel and Debral Lewis and Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Alfredo Santiago. Pictured, back row, from left: Frontline Supervisor Dr. Kenneth Clevenger, District Manager Dr. Jennifer Beasley-McKean, Administrator Kiecker, and Consumer Safety Inspector Prudencio Camacho. Photo by Robert Witte, OA.
San Antonio, Texas
On Oct. 27, Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, standing, center) and Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Witte (pictured, seated, left) attended a work unit meeting for the San Antonio, Texas, circuit. The group discussed ways they successfully de-escalate conflict in tense situations with establishment management, vaccine requirements, supervisory responsibilities related to vaccines and training in advanced processing.
Pictured, seated, from left: Deputy Chief of Staff Witte and Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) Teresa Arriesgado. Pictured, standing, from left: CSIs Juan Moreno, Fred Espronceda and Javier Ramos, Kiecker, Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (SPHV) Dr. Craig Bookout, CSI Pedro Tijerina, Frontline Supervisor Marcus Patranella, SPHV Dr. Marissa Martinez, CSI Ricky Richards and SPHV Dr. Joe Kitzman. Photo by a USDA employee.
San Antonio, Texas
On Oct. 27, Administrator Paul Kiecker spoke to industry personnel at a food safety, inspection affairs and scientific affairs event. Kiecker thanked industry for their efforts in following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on masking, providing safer working conditions for inspection program personnel. He also talked about regulatory updates, issuances that should be publishing soon, and options available to industry impacted by the recent port congestion and supply chain issues. Photo by Robert Witte, OA.
First shift at Establishment P-164 gathered on Oct. 26 to celebrate the upcoming holidays and to show love and appreciation for their colleague and breast cancer survivor, Consumer Safety Inspector (CSI) Phyllis Lampkin (pictured, seated, center).
Pictured, seated, from left: CSIs Regnaldo Washington, Lampkin and Dorothy Hurst.
Pictured, standing, from left: CSIs Deionne Gilbert, Betty Bobbitt, Briggett Hughes, Cliff Statum and Lakesha Sturkey, Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Britney Washington and CSI Cindy Crudup. Photo courtesy of Christina Walker, OFO.
Administrator Paul Kiecker (pictured, left) and Deputy Chief of Staff Robert Witte (pictured, center) met with plant management and inspection personnel at Establishment (Est.) 47742.
During the Oct. 28 visit, the establishment owner explained the challenges and benefits of starting a new business in a rural setting and was appreciative of the outreach provided by local inspection personnel.
While meeting with Consumer Safety Inspector Dory Seales (pictured, right), the vaccine requirement was discussed.
Pictured, from left: Kiecker, Frontline Supervisor Dr. Carrie A. Teetz, Witte, Est. 47742 President Mike Crawford and Seales. Photo by a plant employee.