November 15, 2013
Today, Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen announced that she will be departing the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in mid-December to embark on a new challenge in the private sector.
"It has been an ambitious three years," said Hagen. "USDA and FSIS have successfully made preventing foodborne illness a real priority. The steps we have taken, from modernizing the agency, strengthening oversight of industry and increasing outreach to consumers has led to safer food and fewer foodborne illnesses."
According to Secretary Tom Vilsack, under Hagen's direction, 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. 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.