GALVESTON, TX — The $2 billion hog market slaughter industry will get more flexibility, and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service will have greater inspection oversight.Mindy Brashears, the USDA deputy undersecretary for food safety, says the long-awaited swine modernization program is going be reality by year’s end.

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The nomination of Mindy Brashears, currently deputy undersecretary for food safety, to be the USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety was reported favorably Tuesday out of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.

The last to serve as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety was Dr. Elisabeth
Continue Reading Ag committee again clears way for Senate to confirm Brashears for USDA

Since Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue named Mindy Brashears Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety, the former Texas Tech University food safety professor is finding herself in demand.

Perdue named Brashears to the post on Jan. 28 so she could work at USDA while continuing to wait for the U.S.
Continue Reading USDA food safety official reports first meetings with people outside federal government

The nation’s top food safety job remains vacant after the U.S. Senate left it out of a final batch of nominees confirmed this past Wednesday night during the final hours of the 115th Congress.

It means the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety vacancy has now officially entered its
Continue Reading List of last minute Senate confirmations fail to include top food safety job

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry late Wednesday voted to favorably report the nomination of Mindy Brashears to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety.

Her nomination may now be considered by the full U.S. Senate for confirmation. That floor vote is expected to occur before the
Continue Reading Senate likely to vote soon on Brashears as USDA’s top food safety official

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry will finally conduct a public nomination hearing on Nov. 28 for Mindy Brashears to become USDA’s under secretary for food safety.

Six months and 24 days after President Donald J. Trump nominated Brashears for the post, the Senate committee will hear public
Continue Reading Senate finally moves to fill USDA’s long-vacate top food safety post