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THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2007

Contact: Joe Reardon, director
NCDA&CS Food and Drug Protection Division
(919) 733-7366

Stafford named NCDA&CS Employee of the Month

Michael Stafford and Commissioner Troxler

Michael Stafford (left) accepts the Employee of the Month plaque from Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. | Download a high res version.

RALEIGH - Michael Stafford of Rocky Mount was named the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services' Employee of the Month this week by Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler.

Stafford is a technical trainer for the Food and Drug Protection Division with more than 22 years of state service. He was nominated for developing training tools and modules that meshed new federal Food and Drug Administration food safety training with North Carolina laws and regulations. With Stafford's leadership, North Carolina was the first state to complete the self-taught training and this led to the FDA recently recognizing North Carolina as a leader in standardization and competency training of its field staff.

"I am proud of the work that Mike has done to get our food and drug inspectors trained with the new regulations," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "It is people like Mike who make the food inspection service operate so efficiently and effectively to keep North Carolina's food supply safe."

Stafford graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in food science. He and his wife, Gail, have a son, Jonathan, who lives in England. He is a master woodworker who makes bowls and boxes from exotic woods, and has taught at a number of woodworking schools across the country. His artwork has been displayed in local museums.



NCDA&CS Public Affairs Division, Brian Long, Director
Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1001
Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street, Raleigh NC 27601
Phone: (919) 707-3001; FAX: (919) 733-5047