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USDA Under Secretary To Continue Food Safety Consulting Outside of Agency

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen makes move to private sector following November resignation from USDA

Published on: Dec 4, 2013

Following her November resignation from the USDA, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen, USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, will be joining the Deloitte & Touche LLP consumer products practice as a food safety senior advisor.

Hagen will advise Deloitte’s clients on food and product safety challenges, prevention-based policies and regulatory requirements. She will also work with the firm's strategy and communications, a company statement said.

Hagen, who holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, officially announced her resignation from the USDA on Nov. 15. Her immediate plans were not publicized.

Under Dr. Hagen's three years of leadership, USDA adopted a new zero-tolerance policy for additional strains of E. coli in beef and adopted new standards to protect Americans from Salmonella and Campylobacter in poultry. She also spearheaded the effort to develop a new Public Health Information System to better inform consumers about proper food handling and food safety.

Dr. Elisabeth Hagen makes move to private sector following November resignation from USDA. (USDA photo)
Dr. Elisabeth Hagen makes move to private sector following November resignation from USDA. (USDA photo)

At Deloitte, Hagen will be tasked with helping clients embed prevention-first tools and processes into their operations, explained Keith Denham, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP.

"Thanks to Elisabeth Hagen's hard work and sound leadership of the thousands of employees at the Food Safety and Inspection Service, America's meat, poultry and processed eggs are safer for Americans," Vilsack said upon her departure from USDA. "I'm proud of our record under the Obama Administration to ensure a safe food supply for Americans, and Under Secretary Hagen has played a key role in those efforts. I wish her all the best in her future endeavors."