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Date: 8/23/2010

Title: NCBA Applauds Appointment of Elisabeth Hagen as Under Secretary for Food Safety

WASHINGTON - Last week, President Obabma announced his intent to recess appoint four nominees to fill key administration posts, including under secretary for food safety, that have been left vacant for an extended period of time.

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 in the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), where she played a key role in developing and executing the agency’s scientific and public health agendas.  She has been instrumental in building relationships and fostering coordination with food safety and public health partners at the federal, state, and local level.  Before joining the federal government in 2006, 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.

NCBA believes Dr. Hagen is a highly qualified candidate, and is pleased President Obama is moving forward on her confirmation. It's extremely unfortunate this critical position has been left vacant for nearly two years. NCBA looks forward to working closely with Dr. Hagen in ensuring the U.S. remains a world leader in food safety.

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