November 6, 2013 -- Michael Roberts, executive director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, commented on food safety challenges and the fallout from a 2011 food-borne illness outbreak due to the sale of tainted melons.
The FDA is using the Jensen Farms case to send a message, says Michael Roberts, a professor and director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles. The FDA Food Safety and Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in January 2011, gives the agency stronger enforcement authorities such as mandatory recall power. Although the FDA did not have to use those powers during the outbreak, the criminal charges also “reflect a different tenor and attitude,” Roberts says.
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