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Enforcement Actions


TJH Consulting, LLC provides consulting services to the meat and poultry industries. Thomas J. Hoffman is the President of the firm. Since retiring from USDA, he has applied his diverse experience when working with some of the largest law firms in the country, especially those that specialize in violations involving meat and poultry products.

He had 35 years of service with USDA’s, Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). During that time he participated in the investigation, documentation and processing of over 500 criminal cases, 50 injunction actions and 120 administrative cases. He is considered a subject-matter-expert on the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act.

Services in the area of criminal, civil and administrative case investigation include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting investigations to gather facts and information
  • Interviewing clients
  • Preparing memorandums of interview
  • Preparing reports of findings
  • Preparing plans for re-inspection
  • On-site inspections
  • Meeting with USDA officials
  • Review of non-compliance records (NR’s)
  • Appeal of NR’s
  • 30 day letters, NOIE’s, IDV reviews, EAIO reassessments
  • Contacts within USDA
  • Testimony as an expert witness
  • Negotiating Consent Orders


Areas of expertise include, but are not limited to:

  • Knowledge of the Acts and regulations
  • Knowledge of the Federal rules of criminal procedure
  • Knowledge of the Present Your Views process
  • Knowledge of SSOP/HACCP and system failures
  • Knowledge of unfitness issues
  • Knowledge of rules of practice
  • Knowledge of administrative procedures
  • Knowledge of Consent Order stipulations
  • Knowledge of enforcement actions