Legal Alert - Federal Court Orders the FDA to Issue New Food Safety Rules by June 2015
by Joseph S. Kiefer
Each year about 48 million people (one in six Americans) report food-borne illnesses. On January 4, 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act (“FSMA”) was signed into law. The purpose of the Act was to shift the focus toward preventing food-borne diseases, rather than simply responding to outbreaks. To accomplish this goal, Congress provided the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) with new powers and directed it to enact new regulations covering several specific food safety areas: preventive controls, inspection and compliance, imported food safety, response and enhanced partnerships between various federal and state food safety officials.