Mande named as deputy under secretary for food safety

by Editor
Thursday, July 09, 2009

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Jerold R. Mande, M.P.H., as deputy under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

In this position, Mande will have responsibility for the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the USDA agency which protects public health through food safety and defense by ensuring that the nation's supply of meat, poultry and processed egg products are safe and wholesome.

Most recently, as associate director for public policy at the Yale Cancer Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Mande developed a national model to increase support for cancer prevention and control, including diet, exercise, and obesity.

Prior to this, Mande served on the White House staff as a health policy adviser where he helped lead key food safety, tobacco control and cancer initiatives, including expansion of FoodNet and PulseNet.

He was deputy assistant secretary for occupational health at the U.S, Department of Labor. He also served as Senior Advisor and Executive Assistant to the Commissioner of the Food and Drug and Administration, where he led design of the Nutrition Facts food label, for which he received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence.

Mande holds a masters degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor of science degree from the University of Connecticut at Storrs. He also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, completing a programme for senior managers in government.