IN mid-December 2013, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen left the U.S. Department of Agriculture — a move that left the undersecretary for food safety post at USDA — the top food safety position in the U.S. government — vacant.
President Barack Obama, early on in his Administration, declared the foodborne illness rates in this country "unacceptable" and following a "troubling trend."
He also stated that foodborne illness in the U.S. is a "
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