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President Trump to Nominate Mindy Brashears to be the Next Under Secretary for Food Safety

Monday, May 7, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

President Donald Trump will nominate Mindy Brashears, Ph.D., to be the next under secretary for food safety at USDA. Dr. Brashears is a professor of food safety and food microbiology and director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech University. Dr. Brashears’ research evaluates interventions in pre- and post-harvest environments and the emergence of antimicrobial drug resistance in animal feeding systems. Her work has resulted in the commercialization of a pre-harvest feed additive that can reduce E. coli and Salmonella in cattle. Dr. Brashears is past-chair of the National Alliance for Food Safety and Security and USDA’s multi-state research group.

Dr. Brashears is also a Meat MythCrusher expert who has worked with the Meat Institute to help provide strong, science-based communications on the safety of meat and poultry products. Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter praised her nomination saying, “We welcome the nomination of Dr. Mindy Brashears for Under Secretary of Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Brashears is one of most well-respected food microbiologists in the nation. She possesses a deep understanding of meat and poultry safety issues and a commitment to approaching them in a scientifically sound manner.

Her tireless work on food security principles in other countries reflects her deep commitment to enhancing meat and poultry safety for consumers globally. We look forward to working with Dr. Brashears when she assumes her Under Secretary role.”

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