Only appointed on November 4, 2008, now acording to the electronic pages of "Pork," Elizabeth Johnson, acting Under Secretary of agriculture for Food Safety, has left USDA to become executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association. President-elect Barack Obama’s administration is expected to name a replacement. Johnson’s departure is effective December 5 – a week ago.  FSIS spokeswoman Amanda Eamich told the agency will be steered in the interim by USDA officials, including Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Scott Hurd and FSIS Administrator Alfred Almanza.

Ideas for her replacement?