JBS S.A. Alfred Almanza in new position
Prior to joining JBS, Almanza spent nearly 40 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 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 to serve as Deputy Under Secretary 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 modernization efforts, regulatory strategies and public health efforts to prevent foodborne illness.
Almanza is globally recognized as an expert on food safety, risk management, the development of modern inspection systems, and international sanitary standards that govern market access for meat and poultry products. During his time at FSIS, he held several leadership positions, including Labor Management specialist, District Manager of the Agency's Dallas District Office, and ultimately Administrator of FSIS, where he led a team of more than 7,000 FSIS field employees.