Tech professor goes before Senate for food safety nomination hearing

Tech professor goes before Senate for food safety nomination hearing
Mindy Brashears (Source: Texas Tech Meat Science & Muscle Biology website) (unknown)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Mindy Brashears, a Texas Tech professor of food microbiology and food safety, will participate in a Senate confirmation hearing at 9:30 a.m. today in Washington D.C. with the hopes of becoming the United States Department of Agriculture’s undersecretary for Food Safety.

Brashears was nominated for the position on May 4, and if confirmed, will be responsible for oversight of policies and programs of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to a Tech news release.

The entirety of Brashears hearing can be seen below. She will be one of three people speaking during this hearing, the other two being Naomi Earp, who is nominated to be the assistant secretary of Agriculture for Civil Rights and Scott Hutchins, undersecretary of agriculture for Research, Education and Economics.

Brashears is an alumna of Tech, having graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in food technology. She is also a faculty member with the Tech Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy in Tech’s School of Law.

In 2016 she was named one of the 25 Future Icons by the National Provisioner magazine and has also served as past chairwoman of the National Alliance for Food Safety and Security within the USDA.

WATCH LIVE: Mindy Brashears, a Texas Tech professor, is one of three nominees testifying before a Senate committee today after being nominated in May for the undersecretary for Food and Safety with the USDA. Read more here: goo.gl/2opGLG

Posted by KCBD NewsChannel 11 on Wednesday, November 28, 2018

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