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Barbara J. Masters

Barb Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M.

Senior Policy Advisor
Washington, District of Columbia
phone (202) 518-6312
fax (202) 234-3550
email bmasters@ofwlaw.com

Dr. Masters is a Senior Policy Advisor that works with the food industry to ensure compliance with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Barbara primarily works with the meat and poultry industry; she reviews laboratory data and provides broad recommendations for enhancements, reviews regulatory documents and provides relevant information to the industry, and conducts on-site assessments at establishments and provides recommendations for improvement with food safety programs, including HACCP, SSOP and pre-requisite programs. Barb also provides recommendations regarding the systematic approach to for animal welfare programs. She works with establishments that have failed to meet regulatory compliance in drafting responses to the regulatory agency. Barb provides presentations and training webinars to industry on key topics of interest.

Before joining the firm, Dr. Masters served as Acting Administrator and then Administrator for the FSIS from March 2004 through January 2007. During her tenure as Administrator, she worked to establish a solid infrastructure of science-based policies and data analysis which have helped to reduce foodborne illness and product recalls.

During her seventeen year employment with FSIS, Barb held a variety of positions throughout the Agency, both in the field and at headquarters. She participated in the development and implementation of the Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) regulations in federally and state inspected establishments as well as many of the Agencys microbial testing programs. She was the Coordinator of the FSIS HACCP Hotline, a 24/7 "technical call center" serving as a resource for inspection personnel and industry; and also played a lead role in the development of the FSIS HACCP Technical Training.

Dr. Masters graduated from Mississippi State University with a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, and served in a Food Animal Internship at Kansas State University. She has continued to further her education by taking advanced coursework in biotechnology at Texas A&M University. Barb was the 2007 recipient of the Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Agriculture
  • Animal Welfare
  • Food Safety

Education:

  • Mississippi State University, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, 1984
  • Kansas State University, Certificate of Food Animal Internship

Special Agencies:

  • Food and Safety Inspection Service
  • Center for Food Safety and Nutrition

Professional Associations:

  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians
  • International Association for Food Protection - Vice-chair of the Meat and Poultry Safety and Quality Professional Development Group

Publications:

  • The Direct Relationship between Animal Health and Food Safety Outcomes, CAST Commentary, Hurd, Masters, Mathew, Oliver, Preston, and Singer, 2012
  • Food Safety and Inspection Service Update on Food Safety of Animals Derived from Biotechnology, Journal of Animal Science, 1993
  • Physical Examination of Swine, Veterinary Clinics of North America Food Animal Practice, July 1992
  • Computer-Assisted Diagnosis: Feline Anemia, Computer Veterinary Update, Jan 1985