On January 4, José Emilio Esteban, Ph.D. was sworn in as the new Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Dr. Esteban joined the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service in 2001 and was appointed Chief Scientist of the FSIS in August 2018.
“Dr. Esteban has a long and well-documented commitment to food safety and public health. With over two decades of experience at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, he has been on the front lines of protecting the public from foodborne illness for much of his career,” said USDA Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “I am confident that Dr. Esteban’s leadership and experience is the right combination to advance our commitment to maintaining public health and reducing foodborne illness. I look forward to working with him as USDA continues to address foodborne challenges head-on with innovative solutions and proactive measures.”
Prior to joining the USDA, Dr. Esteban worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and served as chair of the Codex Alimentarius Commission Committee on Food Hygiene.
“Serving as the next Under Secretary of Food Safety is an opportunity to give back to a nation that has given me so much,” said Dr. Esteban.