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FSIS Administrator Alfred V. Almanza

Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service Alfred V. Almanza

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Alfred V. Almanza is the Administrator for the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Mr. Almanza has served in this role for almost ten years. He previously served as Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture under Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack from September 2014 to December 2016, after having served as Administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) since June 2007.

In 1978, Mr. Almanza began his FSIS career as a food inspector in a small slaughter plant in Dalhart, Texas. During his 39-year career with FSIS, Mr. Almanza moved up quickly from that entry level position—serving as Labor Management specialist, District Manager of the Agency's Dallas District Office, and ultimately Administrator of FSIS. His experiences in the field and headquarters have made him extraordinarily qualified to lead the agency.

During his tenure as Administrator, Mr. Almanza focused on modernizing inspection and identifying ways to make the Agency more efficient and effective. He spearheaded the development of the New Poultry Inspection System which redirects FSIS inspection to a more balanced and efficient approach while simultaneously reducing pathogen levels in young poultry slaughter establishments. In addition, Mr. Almanza's regulatory strategies against potentially deadly E. coli O157:H7 have significantly reduced illnesses from this pathogen. Under his leadership, FSIS implemented a zero-tolerance policy for six additional strains of E. coli that are responsible for human illness. He also led the development of new Campylobacter and Salmonella performance standards, for poultry parts and carcasses, which are expected to reduce illnesses by about 50,000 annually.

Under Mr. Almanza's leadership, FSIS launched the Public Health Information System (PHIS), a modern repository for all data about public health trends and food safety violations at the more than 6,000 FSIS-regulated plants across the country. Since 2011, PHIS has streamlined data collection and access for the agency. He also instituted a dramatically improved Food Safety Assessment (FSA) methodology, making FSAs more targeted and requiring fewer resources. This new methodology allowed FSIS to save an estimated $1.18M and 26,600 hours within three months of its implementation.

Mr. Almanza led the development of the FSIS FY 2011-2016 and FY2017-2021 Strategic Plans, which include results-oriented performance measures. The Agency’s strategic planning gained attention from the Government Accountability Organization (GAO), naming FSIS an “Agency that manages for results” in a report to Congressional committees. Mr. Almanza has worked to make the agency more accountable and transparent by leading an Establishment-Specific Data Release campaign to promote transparency within individual FSIS-regulated establishments and by developing the FSIS 2017 Annual Plan (AP), which will report progress on goals related to the Strategic Plan and Annual Plan on a quarterly basis.

Mr. Almanza is mindful of the more than 7,000 FSIS field employees in his day-to-day tasks. Recognizing that FSIS employees are the agency's greatest asset, Mr. Almanza works diligently to foster productive relationships. His leadership has made FSIS an ever more trusted and successful public health agency—an Agency that adapts to the changing nature of food safety risks.

 

Last Modified Jan 06, 2017