Hello. I am Dr. Michael Fisher, the husband of one, father of three, and grandfather of six; the son of swine producers, a product of rural Iowa, a veterinarian, a retired Army officer, a retired FSIS employee. I enjoy riding a bicycle, fishing, hiking, and woodworking. As a soldier, I took an oath.
“I, Michael Fisher, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
As an FSIS employee I took the same oath. In my experience, the Army embraces the oath; FSIS does not. I found Army leadership determined to protect the rights of the individual when enforcing the rules. I found FSIS leadership unwilling to do the same. Government inspection of meat and poultry products is a public good, but when the public employees delivering such inspection do not honor the rule of law, the people who prepare meat and poultry products, and the people who buy them, loose.
Having achieved ample personal success and retired from full time employment, I choose to spend part of my time using my food safety, sanitation, regulatory, and bureaucratic experience to enable the people who prepare meat and poultry products to succeed in what I believe to be an inspection delivery system in need of reform.
My goal is to educate and comment: to shine light on the difference between what statutes and regulations require, and what FSIS wants but lacks the legal authority to compel. I wish to share what I learned at public expense, and this blog allows me to do that.