Getting a Presidential appointment and Senate confirmation turned out to be no easy task for Jose Emilio Esteban, the new Undersecretary for Food Safety. Yet he’s turned in his first couple of months on the job with apparent ease.

Between the time Esteban’s predecessor, Mindy Brashears, exited the USDA building

Continue Reading Here’s what Esteban is up to now that he is finally in USDA’s top food safety job

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service named its key achievements for 2021 that the agency claims highlight progress in its mission to prevent foodborne illness and protect public health.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) provides on-the-spot inspection services at more than 6,200 meat and poultry processing facilities
Continue Reading Key achievements were only a phone call away during pandemic year 2

The coronavirus pandemic has left some hating and some loving telephonic communications options like those Zoom calls. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s recently released public calendars for May and June are pretty good evidence that Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Sandra Eskin likes talking on the phone.

Or
Continue Reading Working the phone for food safety comes naturally to Eskin

Mindy Brashears, the fifth in history confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety, said goodbye to her consumer, government and industry stakeholders January 14.

Her political appointment as the federal government’s top food safety official expired a week later on Inauguration Day, ending her two-year tenure, including 303 days as
Continue Reading How the food safety transition went, according to the public calendars

The day after she was finally confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mindy Brashears was back home in  Lubbock, TX, giving an Ag Appreciation Day speech to the local Chamber of Commerce.  After that, she’s found her new job is pretty much about COVID-19.

From her presidential appointment on May 4,
Continue Reading At the start, Brashears finds Under Secretary for Food Safety job is all COVID-19 all the time

In March, when Mindy M. Brashears became the fifth Senate-confirmed USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety and Paul Kiecker moved up to be theUSDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator, it’s likely neither could have imaged the meat industry crisis that was in store for them.

But just as former
Continue Reading Rottenberg’s last 6 months were busy, and were over before the storm

Each member of the triumvirate responsible for food safety at USDA brings something unique to the department’s leadership. Deputy Under Secretary Mindy Brashears is a top food scientist. FSIS Administrator Carmen Rottenberg is an experienced government lawyer. And Deputy FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker has, during the past 30 years, held
Continue Reading USDA’s food safety triumvirate had a lot of visitors this past year