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FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Visits AWC

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Frank Yiannas, the Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, speaks to ag students at Arizona Western College in Yuma on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019.

The food system is changing and food safety professionals are needed more than ever.

That was the message on Tuesday from Frank Yiannas, the FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response, invited to speak to Arizona Western College agricultural students by college ag education leaders.

Yiannas said he’s met with Yuma ag leaders recently to address food safety to prevent any future widespread contamination.

“I’m very encouraged by what I’m seeing here in terms of preventative controls that are being applied on farms," Yiannas told KAWC. "There’s work being done that’s never been done before to advance fresh leafy greens and produce safety in general. I’m very pleased with the progress that’s being made. There’s still work to be done but I think progress is being made.” 

Yiannas formerly held food safety positions at Walmart and Disney.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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