Gary Stefan, Associate

gstefanMr. Stefan received his BS in Zoology from the University of Maryland in 1971 and has over 30 years combined food safety regulatory experience with the United States Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

As Senior Equivalence Officer with the FSIS Office of International Affairs (OIA), he evaluated the meat and poultry inspection programs of foreign countries to determine their equivalence with the U.S inspection program requirements. This included leading teams conducting in-country audits of the systems being implemented by those countries seeking approval to export products to the U.S. Additionally, he conducted a re-assessment of the residue control programs of all 34 countries approved to export meat, poultry and egg products to the United States.

Prior to joining the OIA, Mr. Stefan was Deputy Director of the Animal Production Food Safety Staff at FSIS where he administered national programs to develop the scientific basis and capacity for decision-making, implementation, and evaluation of food safety programs. These activities focused on: (1) supporting implementation of the farm-to-table initiatives of the Pathogen Reduction/HACCP Systems Final Rule, and (2) coordinating efforts to identify practices which reduce or prevent human pathogens and illegal residues on or in meat, poultry, and eggs.

While with the FDA, Mr. Stefan planned, directed, and managed the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s national initiatives to persuade and motivate regulated industries to accept/participate in self-inspection and other quality assurance programs developed to ensure food safety. He organized three national symposia to focus animal production industry attention on the need to develop producer quality assurance programs as a means to address illegal animal drug residues and other food safety issues and published animal production food safety articles in trade and professional journals. For 5 years, he chaired a joint government/industry committee that provided national coordination and support for educational initiatives to encourage the proper use of drugs and chemicals in aquaculture. Additionally, he served on many inter-agency and government/industry task forces and committees formed to address food safety issues.