President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Elisabeth Hagen as the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Under Secretary for Food Safety. Hagen will serve with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
There was no more fundamental function of government than protecting consumers from harm, which was why food safety was one of USDA's top priorities, said Vilsack. Dr. Hagen brought the background, skills, and vision to lead USDA's efforts to make sure that Americans have access to a safe and healthy food supply.
The Food Safety mission of USDA includes the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labelled and packaged.
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is currently the USDA's Chief Medical Officer, serving as an advisor to USDA mission areas on a wide range of human health issues. Prior to her current post, she was a senior executive at FSIS, where she played a key role in developing and executing the agency's scientific and public health agendas.
Source: Food Safety and Inspection Service, USDA