The North American Meat Institute (Meat Institute) announces Bryan Burns, currently of Bachoco OK Foods, will be joining the Meat Institute staff as vice president and associate general counsel focusing on a variety of issues, including workforce and sustainability.

“Bryan has 20 years of experience in the industry and previously worked with the Meat Institute on meat and poultry regulation,” said Julie Anna Potts, Meat Institute president and CEO. “We are pleased to have his expertise as we assist members in addressing labor, environmental, and sustainability challenges as a part of their participation in Protein PACT.”

Burns is employed through the end of the year at Bachoco OK Foods as general counsel, corporate secretary & vice president of risk management and environmental, health and safety. At OK, in addition to being responsible for all legal and corporate governance matters, Burns led the company’s COVID strategy, worker’s compensation, worker safety, environmental and sustainability efforts.

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Prior to Bachoco OK Foods, Burns was employed at Tyson Foods where he was senior counsel for 15 years. Besides complex litigation, and handling government agency investigations, Burns worked on Packers and Stockyards Act issues.