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Dr. Elisabeth Hagen

Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture

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Photograph by Justin Steele for Bloomberg BusinessweekDr. Elizabeth Hagen was sworn in as Under Secretary for Food Safety on Aug. 20, 2010. She oversees the policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA’s public health regulatory agency that ensures that the nation’s commercial meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged. She also chairs the U.S. Codex Steering Committee, which provides guidance to U.S. delegations to the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Prior to her appointment as Under Secretary, Dr. Hagen served as USDA’s Chief Medical Officer, advising FSIS and other USDA mission areas on a range of human health issues, such as food safety, nutrition, and zoonotic diseases.

Dr. Hagen has also been actively involved in interagency efforts to better protect the public from food-borne illnesses, including the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) Steering Committee, which guides the work of the nation’s premier food-borne illness monitoring system. She was also a member of the Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response (CIFOR), a national collaborative effort to detect, investigate, control, and prevent food-borne disease outbreaks.

Before joining public service, Dr. Hagen taught and practiced medicine. In addition to several hospital and university appointments, her experience includes research in infectious diseases and providing medical care to under-served populations.

Dr. Hagen holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University. She completed specialty medical training at the University of Texas, Southwestern and the University of Pennsylvania, and she is board-certified in infectious diseases.