Regulator Keynote: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Updates

  • Overview of Mission and Field Operations
  • Overview of Public Health Information System
  • Advances in Collecting and Analyzing Inspection Data
  • Adulterated Products Module
  • Advances in Outbreak Detection and Traceback

Philip Bronstein
Assistant Administrator Office of Field Operations

Dr. Philip Bronstein was appointed Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Office of Field Operations (OFO) on January 2019. In this capacity, Dr. Bronstein plays a critical role in guiding the District Offices, which provide inspection in more than 6,000 establishments throughout the United States and territories, to ensure domestic and imported meat, poultry and processed egg products are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. He is committed to successfully implementing all three FSIS Strategic Goals 1: Prevent Foodborne Illness and Protect Public Health; 2: Modernize Inspection Systems, Policies, and the Use of Scientific Approaches; and 3: Achieve Operational Excellence.

Throughout is his career, Dr. Bronstein has been committed to public health and to serving the American public. He joined USDA’s Agricultural Research Service in 2004 as a Research Molecular Biologist. In this role, he was responsible for developing and implementing research to study the interactions between plants and pathogenic bacteria. In 2010, he joined FSIS as a Microbiologist in the Office of Public Health Science (OPHS). In this role, he worked on a wide range of microbiological issues including providing microbiological support to the field, identifying emerging microbiological issues, and explaining the scientific underpinnings of FSIS policies to international audiences. In 2015, Dr. Bronstein was selected as the Director of the OPHS Science Staff and provided microbiological and chemical residue support for the Agency. He joined OFO’s team in 2017 and helped implement the Siluriformes inspection program.

Dr. Bronstein holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Texas A&M University and a Doctorate in Microbiology Degree from the University of Washington.