Rachel Edelstein

Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Policy and Program Development at FSIS

RACHEL EDELSTEIN became the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s Office of Policy and Program Development (OPPD) in 2012. Ms. Edelstein and the staff she leads are responsible for supporting six of the eight FSIS Strategic Goals. One of the most important strategic goals supported by OPPD is Goal 6, Implementing Effective Policies to Respond to Existing and Emerging Risks. This is accomplished by the review and approval of new technologies and ingredients in meat, poultry, and egg products. Ms. Edelstein’s policy work has covered a range of issues that are important to both consumers and industry. She finalized the policy that declared certain non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli to be adulterants in non-intact raw beef products and directed the development of related sampling instructions for inspectors. Following various outbreaks, Ms. Edelstein promoted stronger food safety protections through policy requiring establishments to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan for ground and comminuted poultry products. She also led the development of policy and procedures for the new sampling and testing of comminuted poultry products for Salmonella and Campylobacter. Additionally, as Assistant Administrator, she led development of the proposed rules to modernize poultry slaughter inspection; to require that mechanically tenderized beef product be labeled to ensure consumers know that it has been tenderized; and to include validated cooking instructions on labels. Edelstein has a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia