WASHINGTON -- For most people in the fresh-foods business, the face of the new Bush administration was perhaps best represented in Ann M. Veneman. As the new secretary of agriculture, Veneman quickly laid out a six-point set of goals for her tenure, including a priority on food safety, more industry input, better consumer education and USDA policy based on sound scientific research. Among the several steps the agency took as a show of good faith, USDA created a permanent Fruit and ...

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