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Faces of Food Safety

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When American consumers think of the United States Department of Agriculture, it's often 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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Charlean Youngblood   Charlean Youngblood
Charlean Youngblood is a supervisory consumer safety inspector in a poultry slaughter plant in the Jackson District. Youngblood began her career 34 years ago as a trimmer in a poultry processing plant in Forest, Mississippi. Today, she supervises 23 FSIS employees.
 
  Willis Wright III
Willis Wright III, a frontline supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee, has been passionate about protecting the nation’s food supply since he first learned about FSIS in 1986. He has been with FSIS for 14 years. 
 
  Jannette Pagán-Sánchez
Jannette Pagán-Sánchez is a deputy regional director in the Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit’s
(OIEA) Compliance and Investigations Division (CID) in Albany, California. She manages three CID supervisory investigators, each of whom oversees a team of Western Region investigators. These investigators help ensure the safety of the food supply in 13 states and 3 territories.
 
  Christina Hastings
Christina Hastings, a relief consumer safety inspector (CSI) in the Raleigh district, exemplifies all of FSIS' core values — Accountable, Collaborative, Empowered and Solutions-Oriented, and she puts them into practice each day she performs her duties.
 
  Ryan Bradburn
Ryan Bradburn, an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO) in the Springdale district and a 10-year FSIS employee, believes collaboration between the industry and the Agency is important to achieving lasting food safety. As an EIAO, Bradburn sees his role as one of the people who keeps both entities on the same page.
 
  Joseph Ndungu
Compliance Investigator Joseph Ndungu is a six-year FSIS employee in the Northeast Region of the Office of Investigation, Enforcement and Audit’s (OIEA) Compliance Investigation Division (CID) and part of the investigative arm of the Agency, whose mission is to protect U.S. food in commerce.
 

  Marianne Gravely​
In 30 years, Marianne Gravely has responded to a lot of food safety questions. As an Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education senior technical information specialist on the USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline, Gravely has talked consumers out of unwise food safety practices, such as washing their turkeys with soap or brining the birds in the bathtub.
 

 

Nicole Suggs​
Nicole Suggs is an import inspector and a consumer safety inspector (CSI) in the Philadelphia district. She began her FSIS career 15 years ago, but says it happened by accident.

 

Nakeisha Smith performing a zero-tolerance for fecal material check on poultry. Photo by Scott Whittington, OFO

 

Nakeisha L. Smith
When Nakeisha L. Smith was 13 years old, she spent a summer in Georgetown, Mississippi, helping her great-grandmother, Amanda Hardy, clean chicken houses and take care of the hens inside. Smith is now a consumer safety inspector (CSI) at Establishment P-00247 in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, which is in the Jackson district.

 

 

Paul Moede
Paul Moede, a consumer safety inspector (CSI) in Green Bay, Wisconsin, follows the Agency’s mission — protecting the public’s health from foodborne illness — as a guide every day.

 

  Dr. Adanetch Gebreselassie
Dr. Adanetch Gebreselassie is a relief public health veterinarian (PHV) and performs a variety of food safety inspection tasks to ensure the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products are safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.
 

  Janice Cones
Janice Cones, a consumer safety inspector (CSI) at Establishment 537H in Columbia, Missouri, feels a profound sense of satisfaction and achievement about her job at FSIS.
 

  Dr. Gregory McDermott
Dr. Gregory McDermott, a supervisory public health veterinarian (SPHV) in the Philadelphia district and a Lieutenant Colonel and brigade veterinarian in the U.S. Army Reserve, protects the public’s health here in America and in Afghanistan.
 

  Sheila McMillan
Sheila McMillan, an enforcement, investigations and analysis officer (EIAO) with FSIS' Office of Field Operations (OFO), knew FSIS was the career path for her.
 

Dr. Kis Robertson Hale

 

Dr. Kis Robertson Hale
Dr. Kis Robertson Hale, the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS) and the FSIS Chief Public Health Veterinarian, knew her career path would be in the life sciences.

     

Dr. Kari Johnstone

 

Dr. Kari Johnstone
For over 18 years, Kari Johnstone has been dedicated to food safety. Specifically, Johnstone serves as a supervisory public health veterinarian (SPHV).

     

 

Dr. Kathleen McAnally
Dr. Kathleen McAnally is a frontline supervisor (FLS) in the Chattanooga circuit, which consists of a mix of red meat and poultry plants. As a veterinarian, she’s worked for FSIS the past 33 years.

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Last Modified Oct 04, 2019