Alfred Almanza Named Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service

WASHINGTON - Alfred V. Almanza has been appointed Administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a USDA agency that protects public health, through inspection of domestically produced and imported meat, poultry and egg products.
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Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced the appointment, yesterday. He said Mr Almanza was an experienced and effective leader who had established and maintained a high standard of excellence during almost 30 years with FSIS.

"He has a strong record as an FSIS manager for recruiting and training the most qualified individuals in order to improve the safety of FSIS regulated products, and does not hesitate to take swift and strong regulatory action in order to protect public health," he added.

Almanza has served as the Dallas District Manager, which includes more than 350 federally-inspected establishments. A Texas man, he joined FSIS in 1978 and has held a variety of positions, including Slaughter Inspector, Labour Relations Specialist, Special Assistant to the District Manager and Deputy District Manager.

Mr Johanns also thanked Dr. David P. Goldman for his leadership serving as acting FSIS Administrator since January 2007. Dr. Goldman will resume his duties as the head of the Office of Public Health Science.

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