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Obama Announces Intent to Recess Appoint Hagen to USDA Post

Thursday, August 19, 2010

(American Meat Institute)President Obama announced today his intent to recess appoint Elisabeth Hagen, M.D., as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety.

Hagen is currently the USDA’s Chief Medical Officer.  Previously, she was a senior executive at the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), where she played a key role in developing and executing the agency's scientific and public health agendas.

Before joining the federal government in 2006, Hagen taught and practiced medicine in both the private and academic sectors, most recently in Washington, D.C. She holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University.  Hagen completed her specialty medical training at the University of Texas Southwestern and the University of Pennsylvania, and is board certified in infectious disease.

In response to the announcement, AMI President J. Patrick Boyle said, “We look forward to working closely with Dr. Hagen and feel confident that her scientific and medical training will help achieve the safest meat and poultry supply possible.”

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