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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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