Welcome to Volume 1 of our Georgia Meat Inspection Section (GMIS) News and Current Events. The primary goals of this periodic newsletter is to foster better communication, compliance, and cooperation with you, our external partners. As such, we want your feedback so that we can customize the content of this newsletter and provide you with the information you need to succeed in this regulatory environment.
Please direct your feedback to AskGMIS@agr.georgia.gov.
For this first newsletter, we want to inform you of the following GMIS management structure change. Just like you, we strive to utilize our resources as effectively and efficiently as possible. As such, we have recently updated our GMIS Veterinarians’ job descriptions to allow them to focus solely on duties that only Veterinarians can perform for GMIS. This means that our Veterinarians will have more time to spend at the slaughter facilities in their assigned areas, and they will be conducting much needed quality assurance of our slaughter inspectors’ antemortem and postmortem tasks.
In addition, those individuals that you formerly knew as “Assistant” District Supervisors are now the sole District Supervisors in your area, and they answer directly to our Program Manager Aaron Knighton, who is my direct report and is headquartered in our Atlanta Office. Any appeals or supervisory questions that you may have, should be directed to the District Supervisor in your area from this moment forward. Any questions or concerns that you may have with the disposition and/or disease symptoms of an animal at slaughter should continue to be directed to the GMIS Veterinarian assigned to your area. To help you understand our new management structure, we have provided an updated organizational chart on page 2 of this newsletter.
Adam Buuck, MPH, CPH