USDA Official's Sudden Exit Pauses Food Safety Reforms

Law360, New York (November 18, 2013, 8:54 PM EST) -- If history is any guide, food safety czar Elisabeth Hagen's imminent and unexpected departure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will further delay potential reforms to slaughter plant inspections and to the regulation of salmonella in meat and poultry, experts fear.

Hagen, the USDA's undersecretary for food safety — the highest-ranking food safety official in the federal government — announced on Friday that she will be leaving the agency in mid-December for a private sector job. As undersecretary, Hagen oversees the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection...
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