It took at least two months longer than it should have, but the Senate has finally confirmed, by voice vote, Dr. Jose Emilio Esteban as USDA’s Under Secretary for Food Safety.

Esteban was confirmed on the Senate last day of business before the 177th Congress expires.

The action drew immediate

Continue Reading On its last day, Senate confirms Esteban as nation’s 6th Under Secretary for Food Safety

If the U.S. Senate can stay focused for long enough today, Jose Emilio Esteban will likely be confirmed as the nation’s sixth undersecretary for food safety. He’s been waiting for 340 days

With a Senate confirmation vote, Esteban will move up from being the chief scientist at USDA’s Food Safety

Continue Reading Senate could confirm Esteban for USDA post as early as today

Republicans in the Senate provided six votes Tuesday that were needed to confirm Dr. Robert Califf as Commissioner of Food and Drugs by a 50-46 vote.

Califf is the 25th FDA commissioner and takes over the agency from Dr. Janet Woodcock who has served as acting commissioner since Joe Biden
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Mindy Brashears of Texas is the fifth Senate-confirmed undersecretary of food safety. She was confirmed with a voice vote of the U.S. Senate late Monday.

Brashears succeeds Dr. Elizabeth Hagen who stepped down as undersecretary for food safety six years, three months and 11 days ago.

Only four others have
Continue Reading Senate confirms Mindy Brashears as undersecretary of food safety

It might take the “nuclear option” to get the U.S. Senate to confirm the nomination of Texas Tech University Professor Mindy Brashears as the Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety.

The post, the top food safety job in the federal government, has been vacant for more than five years.
Continue Reading ‘Nuclear option’ might get Brashears confirmed by U.S. Senate

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
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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

On his 470th day in the Oval Office, President Donald J. Trump Friday announced his intention to nominate Dr. Mindy Brashears as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) next Under Secretary for Food Safety.   It will be many more days before the Texan food safety expert takes office.

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Continue Reading Brashears will eventually be the next Under Secretary for Food Safety