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Faces of Food Safety: Kristin Holt - Collaboration is an Important Component to Preventing Foodborne Illness

Dr. Kristin HoltWorking with our public health partners across the federal government and with other stakeholder groups helps FSIS accomplish its mission. Dr. Kristin Holt has served as the FSIS liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 2001. In this role, she facilitates communication between FSIS and CDC and provides scientific and technical input on public health and food safety issues related to FSIS-regulated products. Holt has been with FSIS since 1983 and has served in a variety of roles in FSIS Field Operations in Georgia, including Inspector-in-Charge at a poultry slaughter plant and Deputy District Manager.

Holt participates in numerous joint projects between FSIS and CDC as well as other organizations. She is a recipient of a FSIS Administrator’s Award for Excellence in Mission Results for her contribution in FSIS’ development of and participation in the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC). IFSAC is a workgroup formed in 2011 between CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and FSIS to investigate new attribution methods for foodborne illness and develop a harmonized approach across all three agencies. Part of Holt’s duty in working with IFSAC is to serve as a team lead in developing a template for annual reporting for USDA/CDC/FDA attribution foodborne illness estimates. This is an important project because “as it is updated over time people will be able to track improvements in illness attribution,” Holt said. 

Holt also participates in other food safety initiatives, such as The Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) which is an interagency agreement with CDC that tracks trends for infections transmitted commonly through food. She also takes part in the Integrated Foodborne Outbreak Response and Management (InFORM) Conference, which focuses on surveillance and outbreak detection of enteric diseases caused by contaminated food, water and animals. Additionally, Holt is a member of the 
Healthy People 2020 initiative, which she describes as a “CDC-led effort to create public health objectives in many areas that affect human health and [of] which food safety is only one area.”

Holt holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in epidemiology from Emory University.

 

Dr. Kristin Holt

Dr. Kristin Holt provides a briefing in San Diego, Calif., on FSIS collaborations with CDC.

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016