WASHINGTON -- Ann M. Veneman, the first woman to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture, resigned last week after a four-year tenure that included handling the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy and the development of new safeguards against bioterrorism. ocessed foods and working with trade partners to ensure the safety of the U.S. food supply. Recently, Japan and the United States reached an agreement to reopen Japan's markets to U.S. beef products beginning next spring ...

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