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Meet Face of Food Safety Jeremy “Todd” Reed

Jeremy “Todd” Reed, Chief of the Analytical Design Branch in FSIS’ Data Analysis and Integration Group, says he finds more similarities than differences between his work in food safety and his former position at the Department of Defense.

Jeremy “Todd” Reed, Chief of the Analytical Design Branch in FSIS’ Data Analysis and Integration Group, says he finds more similarities than differences between his work in food safety and his former position at the Department of Defense.

With degrees in Chinese and political science, advanced credentials in mathematics, and co-authorship of a book titled The ETIM: China’s Islamic Militants and the Global Terrorist Threat (and a striking resemblance to actor Bradley Cooper), Jeremy “Todd” Reed sounds like the lead character in a spy movie. Luckily for the USDA and carnivorous Americans, Todd’s real job title is “Chief of the Analytical Design Branch, Office of Data Integration and Food Protection” at the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

How do all those credentials apply to food safety? His office, known as ODIFP, develops and implements procedures to prepare for, respond to and recover from significant emergencies, caused intentionally or unintentionally, that threaten America’s supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products. The office also coordinates the agency’s data collection, analysis, and integration activities, which is where Todd really comes in. He is FSIS’ go-to guy for the new Public Health Information System, a web-based program that coordinates data across the agency, making sense of trends that could signal problems in the food supply.

While the work Todd does is complex, it all boils down to one thing: making sure the nation’s meat, poultry and processed egg supply are safe.

Todd transferred from the Department of Defense to FSIS two years ago, and the longer he stays here, the more he says he is able to find similarities between his past and present work. “While USDA and the Department of Defense have different missions, the tools and techniques for analyzing data are the same. The Department of Defense is helping to make where you live safe, and FSIS is working to make the food supply safe. I am finding more similarities than differences. Protecting the public’s health is rewarding work, and if I do my job well, no one will ever know my name.”

Faces of Food Safety is an initiative by FSIS to introduce Americans to the real people who work every day to keep the food in their own homes and yours safe. Click to read more about Todd and other Faces of Food Safety on FSIS’ website.

6 Responses to “Meet Face of Food Safety Jeremy “Todd” Reed”

  1. Janice Walker says:

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  2. Ursula Ramos says:

    If this is true Mr. Reed than why are you waging war on small farms providing farm to table meals or raw milk to people who want it, rather than dirty huge factory farm/ranching big agribusienesses who consistently provide the public with dirty frankenfoods?

  3. carlos says:

    hi, i good this information, im veterinary of Mexico i working one feed mill we are TIF , is the same FSIS i like this team….

  4. Haley McAdams says:

    He does look like Bradley Cooper just change the hair and all. It’s a really good thing that there are people like him that takes care of Food Safety.

  5. ROSE ROSEBEAR says:

    Pink slime so many times the USDA said something was safe. Then a few years down the road it is found harmful. Why should our kids be the test rats for this “safe” meat. This is the same stuff that butcher’s would throw and discard of. Can you tell me if your family will be enjoying this meat? Ammonium Hydroxide, how long has this been studied for 5-10 years or a few years.

  6. Marsha wechsler says:

    The American food supply is threatened by the bottom line, why is the public not informed of a meat by product, formerly used in dog food, is now being used in our ground.beef. Why are u not giving the public the information on the label of meat. You are failing to inform the public. That is your job. Protect the public, not the meat industry. What is going on. Do you feed your kids pink slime? Shame on you!!!!!!!
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