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Faces of Food Safety: Dr. Angela McIntyre, On the Front Line of Food Safety

Dr. Angela McIntyreDid you know that FSIS is the largest employer of veterinarians in the United States? There are approximately 1,100 veterinarians in FSIS, and their responsibilities are critical in protecting public health. Most, but not all, FSIS veterinarians work in meat and poultry plants to ensure that food animals are healthy and treated humanely. FSIS veterinarians also advise academia, industry and professional groups on the effectiveness of food safety controls.

Dr. Angela McIntyre is a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian/Enforcement, Investigative and Analysis Officer (EIAO) in the FSIS Office of Field Operations Atlanta district office. She wears many “hats” in order to help the Agency meet its mission. For example, in her role as an EIAO, McIntyre conducts comprehensive food safety assessments for the establishments in her district. These assessments include a thorough examination of processes in place to ensure that the establishment’s food safety system is valid and working properly. She also serves as a recruiter for the Agency.

McIntyre started working for FSIS in 1997 as a Veterinary Medical Officer after graduating from Tuskegee University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her graduation, she participated in two summer internships with USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). While working with APHIS as an Animal Health Technician, she realized the many opportunities available to veterinarians in the government. “Once I was able to view each opportunity, I decided that FSIS’ mission was more appealing to me because of the huge influence and impact veterinarians have on America’s food supply, which is mind boggling when you think about it. I’m just as motivated and excited to meet FSIS’ mission now as I was when I first started 18 years ago,” McIntyre said.

"I’m just as motivated and excited to meet FSIS’ mission now as I was when I first started 18 years ago."

Dr. Angela McIntyre

Through recruitment opportunities and travel to different facilities throughout the Atlanta District, she talks to many veterinarians, inspectors and industry personnel about the importance of the Agency’s mission. These activities have also allowed her to reach out to different groups such as military personnel, veterinary students, college students and children. She has also educated the public as a volunteer with the USDA Food Safety Discovery Zone.

According to McIntyre, a typical day ensuring food safety at a poultry or red meat slaughter establishment for her begins with verifying that the establishment is clean and sanitary, and adequately staffed with FSIS inspection personnel. FSIS inspectors inspect every animal and bird, and all products that are processed in the establishment to ensure all products are wholesome and unadulterated prior to being released into commerce. Even before the animals or birds enter into an establishment, as a Public Health Veterinarian, McIntyre ensures the health of the animals and birds by performing ante-mortem inspection. She ensures that all animals are handled in a safe and humane manner or according to good commercial practices for poultry. She also ensures that the inspectors are performing their duties properly according to regulations and are able to work in a safe environment. McIntyre’s duties are performed to ensure that all products produced in an FSIS inspected establishment are safe and wholesome for the consuming public.

“I enjoy everything about my job, and I am very passionate about what I do. I especially enjoy my role as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian. I look forward to meeting and interacting with different people as I perform my duties in the establishments. I find pleasure in helping others grow in their respective position in every way possible,” she said.

Dr. Angela McIntyre and Inspector Rodney Thompson perform a Good Commercial Practices check.

Dr. Angela McIntyre and Inspector Rodney Thompson perform a Good Commercial Practices check.

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016