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Faces of Food Safety

For many American consumers, the first thing that comes to mind when they think of USDA is the mark of inspection on their food labels and products.

The mark of inspection gives consumers confidence that the meat, poultry and processed egg products they are about to enjoy are safe and wholesome. And we can give consumers this confidence because of the work of the men and women of USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

That is why, this week, FSIS launched Faces of Food Safety, a monthly in-depth look at one of the scientists, veterinarians, inspectors, or other professionals that play a role in making our nation’s food safe.

On any given day, FSIS employees are inspecting meat, poultry and processed egg products  at one of thousands of plants across the country; analyzing product samples in a laboratory for the presence of harmful bacteria; teaching kids about food safety; tracking down the source of an outbreak; and the list goes on. Together, we help protect more than 300 million Americans and consumers around the world from unsafe food.

“Our diverse and experienced employees take their responsibility to make sure food is safe very seriously, and they make a real difference,” explained Carol Blake, FSIS’ Director of Congressional and Public Affairs. “We want to put a spotlight on them.”

Our first ‘face of food safety’ is Dr. Katherine E. Ralston, a public health veterinarian in FSIS’ Dallas District Office, who takes pride in promoting public health and proper livestock handling. And in the future, we will continue to profile more employees like Dr. Ralston, who take the FSIS public health mission to heart.

Be sure to check out Faces of Food Safety on our website.


3 Responses to “Faces of Food Safety”

  1. Jerome J. Sauber says:

    When I start feeling down with the enormity of my duties often going one on one with the plant, I see and read a story about a fresh young energized face like Dr. Ralston’s. She has the same dedication to animal welfare and food safety that I have had since 1965 as an Air Force Veterinary Technician in Lybia and Vietnam and later as a Veterinary Officer in MT, Turkey, and the UK. Seeing her and her fresh face revitalized me to continue on for another few years.
    Jerome J. Sauber, SPHV
    IIC, EST # 19688–P
    Bryan, TX 77803

  2. ajit says:

    Hello sir,
    i completed a graduation in dairy technology(dairy science) field and i have also a
    one year exp. in AMUL DAIRY as a sr. officer and a production manager,
    so now i m looking for better job or p.g cource related to my profile,
    so plz if possible then help me. thanks sir.

  3. teresa says:

    how to become a UDSA? what typ of trining do i need for USDA

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