Veneman Names New Member To National Advisory Committee On Meat and Poultry
WASHINGTON, May 11, 2004 --Agriculture
Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced the appointment of Darin Detwiler
to the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI).
“I am very pleased that Mr. Detwiler
has agreed to serve on this committee,” Veneman said. “He
brings an important perspective to our meat and poultry advisory committee.”
The Secretary of Agriculture appoints members
to the advisory committee. Members serve two-year terms and no member
may serve on NACMPI for more than three consecutive terms. Due to the
resignation of a member appointed in March 2003, the U.S. Department of
Agriculture sought a consumer representative to maintain a balance of
representation among industry, state, academia, and consumer interests.
Mr. Detwiler will serve out the remainder of the existing term, which
ends in March 2005.
Mr. Detwiler, a decorated Gulf War veteran,
heads the math and science department at Best High School in Kirkland,
Washington. Mr. Detwiler and his wife, Vicki, endured a life-changing
experience in 1993 when their 17-month-old son Riley died from E. coli
O157:H7 after being exposed to the pathogen through an infected daycare
Mr. Detwiler incorporates food safety relevance
into history and science lessons. He collaborated with the National Science
Teacher’s Association to develop a food safety education curriculum
that met national science standards for schools.
The NACMPI was established in 1971 to
provide advice and recommendations regarding meat and poultry inspection
programs to the Secretary of Agriculture.