The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) announces the retirement of Steve Ingham, administrator for the Division of Food and Recreational Safety. His last day will be December 16, 2021.
“Throughout his tenure at DATCP, Steve understood that we serve as a resource to as well as a regulator of the industry,” said DATCP Secretary Randy Romanski. “Under his leadership, the division was able to educate and regulate, and staff understood that the industry shares our goals of creating access to safe, nutritious food and healthy businesses. I appreciate the time Steve has devoted to this agency and the consumers of Wisconsin, and I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Ingham has served 14 years (2008-10, 2011-21) as the state’s top food safety official, working under five different secretaries. His accomplishments include:
- Leading 227 food and recreational safety employees across Wisconsin.
- Guiding the transfer of restaurant, lodging, and recreational regulatory programs to DATCP from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
- Supervising Wisconsin’s efforts to become the first state to achieve full compliance with federal manufactured-food safety program standards.
- Coordinating Wisconsin’s successful entry into the federal program that allows for the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat products.