Date: Sep 09, 2010
Keller and Heckman Partner Leslie Krasny was quoted in a September 7, 2010 Food Processing Magazine article titled, Congress Scrambles to Pass Food Safety Legislation. The article is the first of in a series of three articles on food safety. The article explained that while the U.S. House passed H.R. 2749 (The Food Safety Enhancement Act of 2009) in July 2009, the Senate version—S. 519 (FDA Food Safety Modernization Act)—has been held-up, in part, due to Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-Calif.) efforts to include a bisphenol-A (BPA) ban in the bill.
Noting that both the House and Senate bills would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recall authority, the article quoted Ms. Krasny on how this would affect food safety. "Mandatory recall authority is unlikely to increase food safety, at least for domestic production, as most companies voluntarily recall products now without undue pressure from FDA, and often before FDA even knows about the problem." She added, "In the event of an uncooperative company, FDA's ability to issue alerts ensures that retailers will remove adulterated product from commerce immediately and that the public will be informed, through mass communications, not to consume particular products." Ms. Krasny is a member of Food Processing's Editorial Advisory Board.