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Barbara J. Masters

Barbara J. Masters, D.V.M.Barb
Washington, District of Columbia

Senior Policy Advisor
phone (202) 518-6312
fax (202) 234-3550
email bmasters@ofwlaw.com

Barbara Masters is a Senior Policy Advisor at OFW Law.   Before joining the firm, Dr. Masters served as Acting Administrator and then Administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (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, Dr. Masters held a variety of positions throughout the Agency, both in the field and at headquarters. Dr. Masters 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 Agency’s microbial testing programs.

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. Dr. Masters was the 2007 recipient of the Food Safety Magazine Distinguished Service Award.

Areas of Expertise:

Food Safety
Animal Welfare


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

Published Works:

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.

Prior Government Positions:

Administrator, Food Safety and Inspection Service

Professional Associations and Memberships:

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