Revolving Door: Still Swinging Between USDA and Meat Industry

Don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dan4th/2402329882/">Dan4th</a>/Flickr

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Old job: chief of staff at the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, the agency charged with overseeing the meat industry’s food-safety practices.

New job: vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs for the the National Turkey Federation, the group charged with promoting the interests of the few companies that dominate US turkey production, including Cargill (which just a month ago sent out 36 million pounds of turkey tainted with antibiotic-resistant salmonella), Butterball, and Sara Lee.

Job she had before launching her career as meat industry watchdog/flack (random factoid): national director of public relations for Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet Lisa Wallenda Picard, former meat-industry watchdog, current meat-industry flack, and seasoned circus-industry professional. 

 

 

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