U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, on Wednesday announced the Committee voted to favorably report the USDA nomination of Mindy Brashears to be Under Secretary of Agriculture for Food Safety, a position that has been vacant for five years.  Brashears, professor and director of the International Center for Food Industry Excellence at Texas Tech University, can now be considered for confirmation by the full U.S. Senate.

“Dr. Brashears brings a wealth of food safety knowledge, a microbiological background and boots-on-the-ground experience to this position, and we urge the full Senate to consider her nomination promptly,” said National Chicken Council President Mike Brown. “We look forward to working with her, and continuing to work with the dedicated professionals at the Food Safety and Inspection Service, in advancing our common goal of protecting public health and keeping our food supply as safe as possible.”

The Committee held a hearing on the nominees on November 28.