For immediate release
Nov. 3, 2017
Kristie Garcia, Public Information Officer,
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
(Las Cruces, N.M.) – Julie Anderson has been hired as the state coordinator for the Feed and Food Rapid Response Team (RRT) in New Mexico. The New Mexico Department of Agricultureand Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center are leading a statewide coordination effort to establish the Feed and Food RRT.
The RRT follows the Food and Drug Administration model, and the State of Washington is a mentor for New Mexico’s team. The RRT will train according to state and national standards and will be ready to deploy health, environmental and agriculture-related investigation response, mitigation and recovery services in a feed or food emergency.
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said the RRT will consider food protection rapid response from a food safety, food defense and food security perspective.
“We are working closely with our partners at the New Mexico Environment Department and New Mexico Department of Health on this project, as well as the Albuquerque Environmental Health Department,” said Witte. “Julie understands the need for safe food, and she has worked closely with federal, state and local agencies on food protection.”
Anderson, who previously served as the food sourcing liaison for Roadrunner Food Bank, has an extensive background in retail grocery and the non-profit sector. She will ensure that partners in the private sector are included in the development of the RRT.
For more information about the Southwest Border Food Protection and Emergency Preparedness Center, visit http://aces.nmsu.edu/preparedness/.
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