Popova has been the acting head of Rospotrebnadzor since October 2013, following Gennady Onishchenko's resignation.
Onishchenko had allegedly filed claims against food products from other countries, with which Russia had disagreements.
By profession, Popova is an epidemiologist. Before working as a federal official, she was as a doctor. She later headed the sanitary-epidemiology station in Budennovsk, Stavropol kray.
Fruitnews article (Russian): http://www.fruitnews.ru/home-page/fruits/38968-anna-popova-ofitsialno-zanyala-post-glavy-rospotrebnadzora.html