State Review Process of Meat Inspection Programs

Letter

Date Sent
October 7, 2008
Sender
NASDA
Recipient
FSIS
Subject
State Review Process of Meat Inspection Programs
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October 7, 2008

Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson,  Acting Under Secretary of Food Safety
U.S. Department of Agriculture
14th & Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 227-E, Whitten Building
Washington, D.C. 20250

Alfred Almanza, Administrator
Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
14th & Independence Avenue, S.W.
Room 331-E, Whitten Building
Washington, D.C. 20250

Dear: Ms. Johnson and Mr. Almanza:

I am writing on behalf of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) to express our disappointment that officials from USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) did not attend our recent Annual Meeting in Bismarck, North Dakota. Our agenda included a full discussion about FSIS activities on the state review process for meat inspection programs, and we had hoped to have FSIS participation. 

As you know, NASDA and our affiliate organization, the National Association of State Meat and Food Inspection Directors (NASMFID) have raised serious concerns about the state review process. In our September 3 letter to FSIS, we outlined these important issues in detail and I have attached a copy of the letter for your reference. NASDA’s Food Regulation and Nutrition Committee discussed these issues during our meeting, and we would appreciate the opportunity to continue this dialogue with you at the earliest convenience. 

We value our state-federal partnership and want to work with FSIS on constructive solutions to ensure the review system achieves our mutually agreed upon, outcome-driven, food safety goals. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely yours,
 
Ron Sparks
NASDA President
Commissioner, Alabama Department of Agriculture & Industries