WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Agriculture Under Secretary for Food Safety Richard Raymond announced recently that Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Barbara Masters will leave the agency effective Jan. 19, 2007 to become senior policy analyst for Olsson, Frank & Weeda, P.C.

"Dr. Masters is well known for her service and her leadership in protecting public health by working to keep America's meat, poultry and egg products safe," said Raymond. "I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Masters to usher in a new era of transparency and openness in federal regulation. During her tenure at FSIS, we worked together to establish a solid infrastructure of science-based policies and data analysis which have helped to reduce foodborne illness and product recalls. I congratulate Dr. Masters on her new career opportunity. FSIS and I will miss her high-energy leadership."

Raymond noted Masters' emphasis on communication and outreach at the Food Safety and Inspection Service so that both industry and FSIS inspection program personnel are better prepared to carry out their food safety and food defense responsibilities.

David P. Goldman will serve as acting FSIS Administrator until a permanent administrator is announced. A captain in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, Goldman has been with FSIS since 2002, previously serving as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Public Health Science, and before that as Deputy Director and then Director of FSIS' Human Health Sciences Division. He earned his medical degree at the University of Virginia and his master's in public health at the University of Washington.

SOURCE: USDA news release.