Susan Isberg of United States Department of Agriculture - Biography

Waltham, MA

September 2015

If sustainability and conscientious production are (relatively) new concepts in the food world at large, inspection isn’t. Careful analysis of growth, slaughter, cultivation, and production has been a part of the food systems we depend on for a very long time. Susan Isberg has been with inspection for almost a decade now. Since 2006, Isberg has been working as an Enforcement, Investigations, and Analysis Officer (or EIAO) with the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the public health agency in the United States Department of agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome and correctly labeled and packaged.

They may have less romantic appeal than a chef browsing a local farmers market, but Isberg’s work has national—and vital—impact. In her duties as an EIAO, she conducts on-site consumer protection assessments to verify the design and proper functioning of a plant’s food safety and process control systems. She also performs investigative work related to food processing and/or slaughter systems—meaning large scale food safety and handling issues are Isberg’s day to day concern.