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Secretary Vilsack Reappoints Alfred Almanza as FSIS Administrator

Friday, May 7, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reappointed Alfred V. Almanza as Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) administrator. 

Almanza has served in a limited term appointment as FSIS administrator since July 2007. In this position, Almanza leads FSIS and its more than 9,500 employees.

“During his 30-plus years of service in FSIS, Al Almanza has worked tirelessly to fulfill the agency's critically important mission — keeping the public safe from foodborne illness,” Vilsack said. “I know he will continue to do an outstanding job managing a large agency and helping USDA meet the food safety challenges of the 21st century.”

Almanza's FSIS career began in 1978 as a food inspector in a small slaughter plant in Dalhart, Texas. Since that time he has served in a variety of positions throughout the FSIS including deputy district manager, labor management relations specialist and processing inspector. Prior to accepting the administrator position, Almanza was the district manager for the Dallas District, where he provided leadership and direction to more than 600 employees located in more than 350 federally inspected establishments.

In response to the announcement, AMI President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle said, “Mr. Almanza’s years of experience and expertise will help advance our shared mission. We look forward to continuing to work with him to ensure that our nation’s meat and poultry supply remains the safest in the world.”

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