Tag: Obama

Driving a Stake Into State Obesity Litigation

Everyone from the First Lady to the Mayor of New York to my own personal physician is on an anti-obesity campaign these days.  Michelle Obama generally operates by trying to instill healthy habits; my doctor simply says I will lose weight if I use more calories than I consume (which is why you’ll find my … Continue Reading

Consumers and Gulf Shrimp: Watch What We Do, Not What We Say

The quote, "Watch what we do, not what we say," is attributed to John Mitchell, Nixon’s first attorney general.  It can apply, however, to the behavior of consumers with respect to shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, and that will be watched carefully everyone from shrimp fishers to the owners of your local fish market.  The FDA … Continue Reading

Future of Food Litigation and Obama’s Food Safety Working Group

President Obama’s Food Safety Working Group announced its Key Findings on July 7. Three groups of initiatives were announced: 1) Salmonella, 2) National Traceback and Response System, and 3) Improved Organization of Federal Food Safety Responsibilities. All of these represent major shifts in food policy. Coming changes will impact nearly every part of the nation’s food … Continue Reading

Food Safety Legislative Update

We wrote recently about the food safety legislation coming out of Henry Waxman’s House Committee on Energy and Commerce. That legislation, H.R. 2749, has passed out of committee and been reported to the full House for a vote. When the vote will occur is anybody’s guess. Reuters quotes Chairman Waxman as saying, “I am hopeful … Continue Reading

Tracking the Food Safety Working Group – More or Less Legal Exposure For Food Sellers?

This week the Obama administration announced the launch of a new website for the recently formed food safety working group. Obama announced the formation of this group in March in the wake of the high-profile food safety issues surrounding PCA peanut products.  This website will assist in tracking the efforts of the working group. As discussed … Continue Reading

USDA (FSIS) Becoming More Aggressive

At the recent Nebraska Governor’s Conference on Ensuring Food Safety, Dan Engeljohn from FSIS (USDA) announced a number of significant policy changes. FSIS’s changes in part are consistent with those previously announced under the last administration and in part represent the Obama administration’s new priorities. Those include (among other things):   1. Supermarket Enforcement – … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Focuses on Food Safety

The Obama administration placed food safety front and center over the weekend. In his weekly radio address, President Obama on Saturday announced new leadership at the Food and Drug Administration and the creation of a panel to toughen food safety laws. Characterizing outdated food safety laws and the lack of resources at the FDA as “a … Continue Reading

A Nicely Balanced Article from the AP

An AP story by Holly Ramer does a good job of balancing the issues about the peanut butter recall and isn't afraid to identify parents who are still feeding peanut butter to their kids--including the President and First Lady.… Continue Reading

Irradiation as a Part of Food Safety Reform?

In the wake of the latest Salmonella recall, Congress is holding well-publicized food safety hearings, and food safety may be rising on the priority list of the Obama administration. One question that arises is whether the perceived crisis in food safety will lead lawmakers and the public to revisit the option of food irradiation. The … Continue Reading

Avoiding Criminal Prosecution Under The FFDCA

By guest blogger Per Ramfjord The FDA’s recent announcement that it is pursuing a criminal investigation of Peanut Corporation of America, arising out of the Salmonella-driven peanut product recall, is sure to raise concerns with executives in food product companies throughout the country. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs’s comment that the Obama administration intends … Continue Reading

Change You Can Expect: What President Obama May Do About Food-Borne Illness Surveillance

The Obama administration has promised sweeping changes in all corners of the federal government. We can expect the new President to push an ambitious legislative and administrative law agenda in 2009. What does this mean for food regulation? A partial answer may be gleaned by looking at the Improving Food-borne Illness Surveillance and Response Act … Continue Reading
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