August 7, 2017
JBS names former USDA official as global head of food safety and quality assurance
Brazilian meat producer JBS announced the appointment of a former US Department of Agriculture official as its global head of food safety and quality assurance.
Alfred "Al" Almanza, who was a US agriculture deputy undersecretary for food safety, joins the JBS Global leadership team, reporting directly to JBS Global President of Operations Gilberto Tomazoni.
Based in Greeley, Colorado, USA, he will lead the company's global food safety efforts, ensuring that JBS operations around the world implements the highest food safety, quality control and risk management systems.
Almanza spent nearly 40 years with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS). He began his career with USDA as a food safety inspector in a small plant in Dalhart, Texas, eventually rising from this entry-level position deputy undersecretary for food safety under Secretary of Agriculture Thomas J. Vilsack, from September 2014 to December 2016.
For the past 10 years, he has served as the Administrator of FSIS, leading USDA's science-based food safety modernisation efforts, regulatory strategies and public health efforts to prevent foodborne illness.
"We are delighted to bring Al's expertise and passion for food safety, quality and public health to the JBS team," said Gilberto Tomazoni, JBS Global President of Operations. "During his long and storied career at FSIS, Al earned the respect and admiration of his peers for his team-based management approach and his willingness to partner with both industry and public health organisations to ensure the provision of safe, quality food to consumers".
During his time at FSIS, he held several leadership positions, including labor management specialist, district manager of the agency's Dallas District Office, and eventually administrator of FSIS, where he led a team of more than 7,000 FSIS field employees.
"I am excited to start this new chapter of my career as a part of the JBS global team", Almanza said. "It was an honor to serve the public as a member of the USDA team and help uphold its mission to protect public health for nearly four decades. I now join a team that shares my commitment to food safety and feeding the world in a safe, sustainable way.
JBS is the worldwide leader in protein exports, serving more than 300,000 customers in more than 150 nations with production platforms in South America, North America, Europe and Oceania.