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Faces of Food Safety: Dr. Randall Kumpost, DVM

Dr. Randall Kumpost, DVMDr. Randall Kumpost is a Supervisory Enforcement, Investigation, Analysis Officer/Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian (SEIAO/SPHV) serving in FSIS’ Des Moines district.

Together with another SEIAO, Dr. Kumpost supervises and directs the energy of 21 Enforcement, Investigation and Analysis Officers (EIAOs) stationed throughout the district. The team conducts public health risk evaluations, performs food safety assessments, conducts recall effectiveness checks, and investigates foodborne illness outbreaks and consumer complaints. Their varied activities include ensuring that recalled products are no longer on store shelves and working with producers to fully comply with sanitation and other inspection requirements, all with the aim of making sure meat, poultry and egg products are safe for human consumption and do not spread foodborne illness. They also do food safety outreach projects and coordinate food safety summits in conjunction with land grant universities in the district.

"Be proactive, not reactive!"

Dr. Randall Kumpost

Tantamount in their duties is making supportable recommendations on enforcement actions and implementing those actions at federally inspected establishments in the Des Moines district. These duties impact public health by ensuring that meat food products produced at federally inspected establishments are safe to eat.

“There are several things that I like about this job,” Kumpost said “The first being working with highly motivated, enthusiastic and forward thinking EIAOs. I also like being able to use my knowledge of microbiology and pathobiology to help ferret out and solve issues related to food safety in the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems at establishments.”

Prior to joining FSIS in 2003, he ran his own private veterinary practice which prepared him for his role in FSIS’ public health mission. His first duty station with the Agency was as a SPHV in a two-shift beef establishment in Nebraska. His simple response to a solicitation related to a shortage of veterinarians led to his government career.

On experiencing workplace success, Kumpost’s suggestion to fellow FSIS colleagues is, “Be proactive, not reactive!”

Last Modified Oct 18, 2016