USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has named Alfred Almanza to administer USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Almanza has been with FSIS since 1978, most recently serving as the Dallas district manager. There he oversaw more than 350 federally inspected establishments. He also has filled a variety of positions, including slaughter inspector, labor relations specialist, special assistant to the district manager and deputy district manager, reports

"He has a strong record as an FSIS manager for recruiting and training the most qualified individuals in order to improve the safety of FSIS regulated products, and does not hesitate to take swift and strong regulatory action in order to protect public health," says Johanns.

Almanza will begin July 9. He succeeds David Goldman, who has been FSIS' administrator since January 2007 when Barbara Masters left to join a Washington law firm.

Source: USDA,