RAGBRAI Licensing & Registration

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Iowa’s Top Food Inspector Takes Over as Executive Director for AFDO

DES MOINES – Steven Mandernach, chief of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals’ (DIA) Food & Consumer Safety Bureau, has been selected to serve as the next executive director of the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), which is headquartered in York, PA. Mandernach will leave his DIA position on Oct. 4, 2018, to transition to the AFDO leadership role. He replaces Joe Corby, who has served as the association’s executive director for more than 10 years.

“Steven has been a powerful advocate for consumers throughout the state,” DIA Director Rod Roberts said. “During his eight years as bureau chief, he has sought innovative solutions to some of the more complicated and challenging food safety issues. The department’s loss will be a significant gain for AFDO,” Roberts added. The bureau is responsible for the regulation of Iowa’s 24,000 food establishments, including grocery stores, restaurants, convenience stores, food processing plants and lodging operations.

Mandernach was named Food & Consumer Safety Bureau chief in 2010. Among his many accomplishments as bureau chief was the development of a new inspection and data system that includes online license renewal system for Iowa food establishments. Mandernach also was responsible for securing federal funds to create a Food and Feed Rapid Response Team and to purchase equipment for the State Hygienic Laboratory – equipment that was partially responsible for the early adoption of genome sequencing in Iowa which has aided in solving several recent outbreaks. He also was named the Public Health Ambassador for State Hygienic Laboratory for 2017-18.

“Steven is a master team-builder who has formed collaborate bonds between the department and local, state, and federal agencies,” the director continued. “His primary goal has always been to protect the consuming public.”

“AFDO has a history that predates any kind of food regulation at the national level,” Mandernach said, noting that the association was established in 1896 and is nearly 10 years older than the predecessor Food & Drug Administration. “It’s a very great opportunity to bring together partners at the state and local level with our federal partners to discuss, implement, and deploy food and medical products policy while being able to answer the needs for new areas and technologies that will impact what our regulators do on a daily basis”, he added.

In addition to his bureau chief duties, Mandernach has served on several Partnership for Food Protection workgroups including National Standards Work Group, Information Technology, and Surveillance Response and Post Response and he coordinated Iowa’s Food Safety Task Force. He co-led the State’s initiative to revamp its foodborne illness investigation and surveillance system.  He is past treasurer of the Iowa Food Systems Council and has served on the board of director and as president for both the Mid-Continent Association of Food and Drug Officials (MCAFDO) and AFDO. He has been recognized with several awards and honors including two Food and Drug Commissioner’s Special Citations.

The Association of Food and Drug Officials successfully fosters uniformity in the adoption and enforcement of science-based food, drug, medical devices, cosmetics and product safety laws, rules, and regulations. AFDO and its six regional affiliates provide the mechanism and the forum where regional, national, and international issues are deliberated and resolved to uniformly provide the best public health and consumer protection in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner.