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Expert in USDA Meat and Poultry Product Regulations, FSIS Inspection Policies, and FSIS-Industry Conflict Resolution

Expert ID: 733890 Iowa, USA

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Between 1985 and 2014, Expert worked for the Food Safety Inspection Service -- the USDA agency responsible for enforcing the Federal Meat Inspection and Poultry Products Inspection Act and implementing Title 9, CHAPTER III, Code of Federal Regulations.

Between 1985 and 1990, Expert functioned as the Inspector-In-Charge at various slaughter and processing establishments, supervised the implementation of inspection procedures by lay inspectors, and represented FSIS to the establishment management. Between 1990 to 1997, he functioned as a Public Health Veterinarian teaching livestock and poultry pathology to in-plant inspection personnel, implementing postmortem inspection policy, and developing postmortem disposition policy and guidance documents. Between 1997 and 2000, he functioned as a Staff Officer, as part of team created to implement the Pathogen Reduction; Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Systems final rule in official establishments and develop necessary policy documents.

Between 2000 and 2008, Expert functioned as a Staff Officer responsible for development and implemented new inspection initiatives, which included the Enforcement Investigations and Analysis Officer and District Veterinary Medical Specialist programs, in-plant residue testing programs, the HACCP Inspection Models Projects for poultry and swine, Salmonella performance standards, and humane slaughter. Between 2008 and 2014, he functioned as a Staff Officer for policy development, responsible for developing and explaining FSIS inspection policy. He leveraged areas of expertise including livestock and poultry slaughter, raw products processing, sanitation, HACCP, exemptions, and humane slaughter.

Between 2000 and 2014, as an FSIS employee, Expert provided technical support to the administrative processes within USDA, FSIS designed to resolve the conflicts that naturally arise between a regulated meat and poultry products industry and the USDA, FSIS, which regulates the meat and poultry products industry.

From 2014 to present, as a private contractor, Expert assists the meat and poultry products industry in effectively navigating the administrative and bureaucratic processes within USDA, FSIS when attempting to resolve the conflicts that naturally arise between a regulated industry and the regulatory agency.

Expert understands very well what USDA, FSIS can and cannot require, what offices within FSIS can and cannot resolve a problem, and how to present an issue so that FSIS will respond to the problem at hand.

In 2003 and 2004, and again in 2006, while deployed in support of overseas military operations, Expert provided technical and operational support for civil-military affairs units conducting livestock development projects on the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.

In 2015, as a private individual, Expert provided technical and operational support to a Southeast Asia mission organization and a private interest bring a livestock slaughter and processing facility online.

In the past, Expert has focused my efforts on small and very small establishments because they historically do not understand the difference between what USDA, FSIS wants and what USDA, FSIS has the legal authority to require. He helps them develop plans that reflect how they prepare product, and educate them so that they can explain to FSIS why their plans meet regulatory requirements.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Omaha, Nebraska - Lincoln, Nebraska - Sioux City, Iowa - Council Bluffs, Iowa

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1981 Degree: BS Subject: Biological/Physical Science Institution: Iowa State University
Year: 1983 Degree: DVM Subject: Veterinary Medicine Institution: Iowa State University
Year: 1995 Degree: MS Subject: Veterinary Pathology Institution: Iowa State University
Year: 2008 Degree: MS Subject: Strategic Studies Institution: Army War College

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1985 to 2014 Employer: USDA, FSIS, OFO Title: Veterinary Officer Department: OFO and OPPD Responsibilities: 1985-1990: supervised lay inspectors and represented FSIS to the establishment management in regulated meat/poultry products operations.
1990-1997: taught livestock/poultry pathology to inspection personnel, and developed/implemented post mortem disposition policy
1997-2000: part of team that implemented the Pathogen Reduction; Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Systems final rule and develop necessary policy documents.
2000-2008: part of team that developed/implemented new inspection initiatives
2008-2014: part of team that developed/explained FSIS inspection policy.
Years: 1986 to 2012 Employer: USDA, FSIS, OFO Title: Veterinarian Department: US Army Guard/Reserve Responsibilities: 1986-1992: provided primary veterinary care, subsistence inspection, and sanitation services in garrison
1992-1998: staff oversight of food service and field sanitation programs for the Iowa National Guard.
1998-2004: exercised command and control of a Veterinary Medical Detachment (90 PAX), deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
2004-2009: General Officer command staff oversight of subordinate veterinary medical units within a major medical command, deployed in support of Operation Bright Star and mobilized as a Special Projects Officer.
2009-2012: General Officer command staff oversight of US Army veterinary operations within the US Army Medical Department.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1985 to 2014 Agency: US/USDA, FSIS Role: Supervisor/Staff Veterinarian Description: Implementation of federal inspection within production facilities. Development and implementation of a broad range of inspection policies and initiative across the US
Years: 1986 to 2012 Agency: US/US Army Guard & Reserve Role: Commander/Staff Veterinarian Description: Provision of veterinary services within a military community, Oversight of state wide food service and field sanitation programs. Command of military troops in CONUS and OCONUS. Oversight of veterinary operations for several General Officer commands

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2003 to 2004 Country / Region: Middle East/Horn of Africa Summary: Veterinary services support of overseas civil-military affairs operations conducting livestock development projects on the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa.
Years: 2015 to 2015 Country / Region: SE Asia Summary: Technical and operational support to a mission organization and a private interest bringing a livestock slaughter and processing facility on-line

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Expert has consulted with attorneys on cases; however, he has never served as an expert witness in a legal proceeding.
Training / Seminars
Between 1990 and 1997, his primary job description was that of a trainer. Expert traveled the U.S. conducting three day training seminars on post mortem pathology for veterinarians employed by USDA assigned to livestock and poultry slaughter establishments.

Between 1997 and 2008, his primary job description was that of a staff officer. In this capacity, Expert often conducted training for USDA, FSIS field personnel when USDA, FSIS implemented new inspection policies and programs.

Fields of Expertise

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