Food safety chief to resign from USDA

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced today, November 15, the resignation of Under Secretary for Food Safety Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, effective in mid-December.

USDA Photo Ken Hammond According to the announcement, Dr. Hagen will pursue an opportunity in the private sector, where she served prior to her appointment at USDA. Dr. Hagen has led USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service since August 2010.  

“Thanks to Elisabeth Hagen's hard work and sound leadership of the thousands of employees at the Food Safety and Inspection Service, America’s meat, poultry and processed eggs are safer for Americans. Under Dr. Hagen’s leadership, USDA adopted a new zero-tolerance policy for additional strains of E. coli in beef and adopted new standards to protect Americans from Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry,” said Vilsack. “She also spearheaded the effort to develop a new Public Health Information System to better inform consumers about proper food handling and food safety, to reduce the risk of food borne illnesses. I’m proud of our record under the Obama Administration to ensure a safe food supply for Americans, and Under Secretary Hagen has played a key role in those efforts. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

Both NCBA and the American Meat Institute recognized Dr. Hagen for her commitment to working with stakeholders on food safety issues.

“Upon her announced departure from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), we want to thank Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen for her work and efforts in the area of food safety,” said NCBA President Scott George. “Her biggest strength was her ability to working with stakeholders to continually improve the safety of meat and poultry products and educate consumers on the importance of their role in food safety. Her position as Under Secretary for Food Safety at USDA is vital to cattle producers and consumers alike in its oversight of the Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and we hope USDA will work quickly to identify the appropriate person to lead the agency with her departure.”

AMI President Patrick Boyle said, “We thank Dr. Hagen for her commitment to ensuring the safety of the U.S. meat and poultry supply. During her tenure as Under Secretary, we have appreciated the open dialogue she has maintained with us about critical issues and while we haven’t always agreed on policies, we’ve shared a common goal:  to maintain the United States’ role as producer of the safest meat and poultry supply in the world.  We wish her the best in her new role.”

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Texas  |  November, 18, 2013 at 02:38 PM

Saturday, November 2, 2013 APHIS Finalizes Bovine Import Regulations in Line with International Animal Health Standards while enhancing the spread of BSE TSE prion mad cow type disease around the Globe I AGREE WITH MR. BULLARD, it’s all about trade and money, BSE TSE PRION aka mad cow type disease and sound science there from, was thrown out the window by the USDA et al that fateful day in December 23, 2003, when the USDA lost it’s ‘gold card’ of supposedly being BSE FREE, (that was and still is a sad joke though), that’s when mad cow junk science was adopted by the USDA... see why below...kind regards, terry Monday, November 4, 2013 *** R-CALF Bullard new BSE rule represents the abrogation of USDA’s responsibility to protect U.S. consumers and the U.S. cattle herd from the introduction of foreign animal disease Saturday, November 2, 2013 Exploring the risks of a putative transmission of BSE to new species Wednesday, October 30, 2013 SPECIFIED RISK MATERIAL (SRM) CONTROL VERIFICATION TASK FSIS NOTICE 70-13 10/30/13 TSS

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