NTF Statement: Confirmation of USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety

October 24, 2012
Washington, DC

National Turkey Federation (NTF) is pleased Dr. Elisabeth Hagen is able to begin her duties as USDA’s under secretary for food safety immediately.   We believe this was a judicious use of the president’s “recess appointment” power, and we continue to hope that the Senate will confirm Dr. Hagen at the earliest possible date. 

Dr. Hagen’s experience as a medical doctor, combined with her years of service at USDA, gives her the background and training necessary to build on the agency’s successes in enhancing the safety of the food supply and makes her well qualified to lead USDA‘s Food Safety and Inspection Service and to further strengthen its public health mission.  

NTF looks forward to working with Dr. Hagen and to maintaining consumer confidence in the food supply through the ongoing evolution of the HACCP inspection system and the implementation of new science-based food safety technologies.

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For more information, contact:  Sherrie Rosenblatt, vice president, marketing and communications (phone:  202-898-0100 x7227; E-mail: srosenblatt@turkeyfed.org)