Sonny Perdue

Critics are continuing to noodle Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s plan to reorganize his large department, finding things they don’t like about it. Perdue’s desire to move U.S. involvement in world food standards to USDA’s trade office, taking it away from food safety, was the first change to…

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue is making a peculiar argument for transferring the U.S. Codex Office from food safety to trade.

Perdue is claiming the move will better ensure that the international standards are “grounded in science,” which is the peculiar part. The U.S. Codex Office has long reported to the USDA undersecretary for food…

The pairing of Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue with Michael Doyle as USDA’s undersecretary for food safety might seem like a natural.

Perdue is a former Georgia governor and Doyle is the University of Georgia’s Regents Professor of Food Microbiology. Doyle recently stepped down as the head of UGA’s Center for Food Safety, which he…