AMI President J. Patrick Boyle to Step Down After 24 Years of Service to Meat and Poultry IndustryFriday, July 19, 2013
Boyle Ends Tenure As Longest Serving President in AMI’s 107-Year History
Washington, DC – American Meat Institute (AMI) President and CEO J. Patrick Boyle announced today that he will step down at the end of 2013 as president and CEO of the industry’s oldest and largest trade association after 24 years of service to the meat and poultry industry. Boyle is the longest serving president in AMI’s 107-year history.
Boyle joined AMI in 1990 after serving as administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Before that, he worked as an attorney at several food trade associations and as agricultural legislative assistant to former Senator Pete Wilson (R-CA).
“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead this great industry for more than two decades. With the organization in a sound position to meet the challenges of the future and given the many accomplishments of the last two decades, this year seemed like an appropriate time for me to move onto another phase of my professional life,” he said.
“Under Patrick’s twenty-four years of leadership, AMI has been an influential voice for the meat and poultry industry successfully addressing numerous public policy challenges. He has led AMI’s efforts that have enhanced the safety of our products, the protection of our workers, the welfare of our animals and the preservation of our environment,” said AMI Chairman Nick Meriggioli, president of Kraft Foods, Inc./Oscar Mayer.
During Boyle’s tenure, AMI formally petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to require nutrition labels on meat and poultry products and to promulgate a regulation requiring that meat and poultry plants implement HACCP-based food safety controls. USDA subsequently issued final regulations on both proposals.
Boyle joined AMI prior to some of the industry’s most notable recent challenges. When E. coli O157:H7 emerged as a new pathogen of concern in the early 1990s, Boyle led the reestablishment of the AMI Foundation, which made its mission to reduce and ultimately eliminate E. coli O157:H7 in raw ground beef and Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat products. During his tenure, the Foundation’s research and education programs have made substantial contributions towards the substantial food safety progress that is evidenced by the declining levels of bacteria on many meat and poultry products.
During the 1990s, Boyle and his team
also were the early adopters of the animal
welfare approach of Temple Grandin,
professor of animal science at Colorado State
University, who contended that
“you manage what you measure.” AMI first
partnered with Grandin in 1991
on its Recommended Animal Handling
Guidelines for the Meat Industry and
later on an animal welfare audit program that
has become the global standard
around the world and is a condition of doing
business with many leading
foodservice and retail customers.
Also under his leadership, the AMI Board voted to make key issues non-competitive, including food safety, animal welfare, worker safety and the environment. These decisions fostered a collaborative approach within the industry that has enhanced food safety, improved animal handling in meat plants, reduced worker illnesses and injury and made progressive environmental practices part of doing business.
Boyle will continue to serve in his role as president and CEO until the end of 2013.
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