Decision Near on Head of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

January 26, 2009 06:00 PM
 

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A food safety activist is among the short list

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The search for a person to head USDA's FSIS has reportedly been narrowed to two: The Washington Post's Federal Eye column reported the two as Caroline Smith–DeWaal, food safety director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and former FSIS administrator Barbara Masters, who is currently senior policy adviser at Washington law firm Olsson Frank Weeda Terman Bode Matz PC.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack on Monday during a press conference said, "We’re working very hard to identify competent, passionate and enthusiastic individuals who will lead the sub-cabinet agencies. Certainly food safety is at the top of the list of positions we want to fill. We are aggressively working on that this week."

Other names mentioned for the food safety position include Dr. Mike Doyle, director of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia; Mike Taylor, a Food and Drug Administration veteran and currently a research professor at George Washington University; and Bill Marler, a Seattle-based attorney and world-renowned expert on food safety issues.


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