Goehring names scientific advisor in meat inspection program

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Nathan Kroh as the scientific information coordinator in the North Dakota Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. 

“State-inspected meat slaughtering and processing businesses can call on Nathan for assistance and guidance to help them comply with state and federal rules and laws governing the processing and sale of meat products,” Goehring said. “He can advise them on quality control, safety procedures, record keeping, inspection protocol and any other issues related to meat handling.”

A native of Mandan, Kroh graduated from North Dakota State University in 2009 with a degree of food science and a minor in food safety. In 2007, he worked as a quality assurance intern at Cloverdale Foods Inc., where he was responsible for verification procedures, microbiological sampling and pre-operational sanitation.

Goehring said Kroh will be working with the 14 plants now enrolled in the state program, as well as plants that are being considered for state inspection or for the Cooperative Interstate Shipping Program.

The State Meat and Poultry Inspection Program was authorized by the 1999 Legislature and approved by the U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service the following year. By law, the program has laws, regulations and procedures that are “at least equal to” the Federal Meat Inspection Act. The program is 50 percent funded by the U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service.