Dr. Richard Raymond, Undersecretary of Agriculture for the Food Safety and Inspection Service is retiring on Oct. 1. Raymond has been in charge of FSIS since July 2005.
"Dr. Raymond has maintained his decency, humility and caring from his days as a country doctor and Nebraska Chief Medical Officer throughout his responsibilities here at USDA to direct actions that prevent disease and promote the quality and safety of the food we eat," said Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer.
Schafer announced that President Bush has designated Elizabeth Johnson as acting Undersecretary of Food Safety. Johnson, who joined USDA in 2002, has served as Chief Assistant to Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner for the past three years.
"Beth Johnson steps up to the challenge, highly regarded for her commitment and my confidence in her ability to marshal the resources of dedicated people and considerable scientific research for inspection and food safety," said Schafer.