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Brashears Named Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety at USDA

By: Norman Martin 

The Texas Tech University researcher had previously served as deputy under secretary since January 2019.

Mindy Brashears, a longtime professor of food microbiology and food safety in the Department of Animal & Food Sciences at Texas Tech University, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The announcement was made Monday (March 23) by U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

"I am pleased the Senate has acted on Dr. Brashears' nomination to continue leading food safety efforts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture," Roberts said. "She has proven to be a capable leader, and I'm confident she'll continue to get the job done."

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