Date: Dec 10, 2010
Keller and Heckman Partner Melvin Drozen was quoted in a December 3, 2010 Food Chemical News (FCN) article on reaction to the U.S. Senate's passage of S 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, on Nov. 30, 2010, by a margin of 73-25. The article, titled, "Senate works to overcome procedural error, rescue food safety bill in final moments of lame-duck session," includes a summary of the 240-page bill.
In the article, Mr. Drozen identifies the requirement that food facilities register and identify known or reasonably foreseeable hazards, and implement preventive controls to significantly minimize or prevent them as one of the food safety bill's provisions that would have the most impact on the food industry. This HACCP requirement is in the first section of the food safety bill, which focuses on improving capacity to prevent food safety problems. The other three sections are: improving capacity to detect and respond to food safety problems, improving the safety of imported food, and miscellaneous provisions.