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Senate Agriculture Committee to Hold Hearing on Nominations of Hagen, Woteki

Thursday, May 20, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing May 26, 2010, on President Obama’s nominations of Elisabeth Hagen to the position of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) undersecretary for food safety and Catherine Woteki to the position of USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics.

Hagen is currently the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer.  Previously, she was a senior executive at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Woteki worked for two years in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where she co-authored the Clinton Administration's policy statement, “Science in the National Interest,” and served as the deputy under secretary for research, education and economics. From 2002-2005, Woteki was dean of agriculture and professor of human nutrition at Iowa State University, where she also was the head of the Agriculture Experiment Station.

Since 2005, Woteki has served as global director of scientific affairs for Mars, Inc., a multinational food, confectionery and pet care company. In this role she has managed the company’s scientific policy and research on matters of health, nutrition, and food safety.


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