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Alfred Almanza Awarded Richard E. Lyng Award for Public Service

Thursday, October 6, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

Alfred Almanza, deputy under secretary for food safety at USDA, received the Meat Institute's Richard E. Lyng Award in recognition of his support for and commitment to the U.S. meat and poultry industry. Meat Institute Board Chairman Brian Coelho, Central Valley Meat Co., presented the award, which honors individuals who have truly distinguished themselves for their public service, to Almanza during a reception on September 27 at the Meat Institute's Annual Meeting and Outlook Conference in Washington, D.C.

In citing Almanza's accomplishments, Coelho said he "played an integral role in fostering relationships and addressing science-based, technical standards and procedures with foreign food safety and veterinary officials to assist in resolving critical barriers to meat and poultry trade. His work directly led to increased market access for U.S. products in Japan, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Colombia and Australia," Coelho continued.

The Lyng Award is named after the late Richard E. Lyng (1918-2003), former president of the American Meat Institute (1973-79) and Secretary of Agriculture under President Ronald Reagan. Past recipients of the Lyng Award have included U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman; Sens. Richard Lugar, Trent Lott, Thad Corcoran and Pat Roberts; Reps. Henry Bonilla, Kika de la Garza, Charles Stenholm and Bob Goodlatte; and Darci Vetter, U.S. chief agricultural negotiator. Meat association leaders Rosemary Mucklow and Manly Molpus have also received the award.

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