Elisabeth Hagen to undersecretary for food safety

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WASHINGTON — President Obama has announced his intention to nominate Elisabeth Hagen as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Undersecretary for Food Safety.

“There is no more fundamental function of government than protecting consumers from harm, which is why food safety is one of U.S.D.A.’s top priorities,” said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “We can and must do a better job of ensuring the safety of meat and poultry products regulated by U.S.D.A., and Dr. Hagen brings the background, skills and vision to lead U.S.D.A.’s efforts to make sure Americans have access to a safe and healthy food supply.”

Dr. Hagen is currently the U.S.D.A.’s chief medical officer and as such is an adviser to U.S.D.A. mission areas on a wide range of human health issues. Before her current position, she was a senior executive at the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Before joining the federal government in 2006, Dr. Hagen taught and practiced medicine in both the private and academic sectors, most recently in Washington, DC. She holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a B.S. from Saint Joseph's University. Dr. Hagen completed her specialty medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern and the University of Pennsylvania, and is board certified in infectious disease.
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