Editor’s Note: Each year, the writers and editors of Food Safety News pick the top 10 news stories based on the story’s overall importance within the food safety community. This year, we’ve added a separate listing of the top 10 foodborne illness outbreaks, as compiled by managing editor James Andrews and published on Dec. 27

After stepping down this month from her post as Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Dr. Elisabeth Hagen will join Deloitte as a food safety senior advisor for the consulting firm. Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, commonly referred to as Deloitte, is one of the “Big Four” professional services firms,…

In reacting to Friday’s announcement that Dr. Elisabeth Hagen will resign her position as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for food safety in December, food-safety experts, industry associations, consumer advocates and members of Congress have largely praised her tenure. In the USDA statement issued Friday, Hagen said that she will be entering the…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that Elisabeth Hagen plans to leave her position as under secretary for food safety in mid-December. In her statement, Hagen said that she will be entering the private sector and she thanked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and “the dedicated public servants of [the Food Safety and Inspection Service].”…

The public should not hesitate to be more involved in the food safety policymaking process, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen and Michael Taylor, the nation’s two leading food safety officials, told an audience at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore late last week. Dr. Hagen is Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

My passion for public health stems from my career as an infectious disease doctor, watching families cope with the heartbreak caused by preventable diseases, including foodborne illness.  I know what it feels like to explain to a husband in shock that the reason his wife is on life support is because of something she ate…