U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer welcomes the U.S.-President's intention to designate Beth Johnson as acting under Secretary of Food Safety.
Johnson has most recently served as Chief Assistant to Deputy Secretary Chuck Conner and Deputy Chief of Staff since May 2005.
A registered dietitian, Beth Johnson joined USDA in 2002, having served more than a decade advising government and the private sector on the subjects of nutrition, farm credit and livestock. Her previous government experience includes positions at the Food and Drug Administration as a nutritionist for the food labeling division and as a research dietitian at the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Johnson holds a Master of Science degree in Nutrition from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Ball State University.
The designation is pending the October 1 retirement from federal service of Dr. Richard A. Raymond, MD, who has been responsible for overseeing the policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), since July 2005.
Source: USDA – United States Department of Agriculture