United States Food Law: Consumers, Controversies, Current Issues

1 European Consumer Law Journal 15-42 (2009)

29 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2014

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Neal D. Fortin

Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University

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Date Written: 2009

Abstract

United States food law is in a state of change. This article offers an overview of issues and developments in United States food law in recent years. The author identifies trends that fit into broader historical currents in United States food law. These include the proliferation of qualified health claims on food, use of food law in dealing with the obesity epidemic, the past decade of American experimentation with food safety deregulation, and the growing American sense of the failure of their government to ensure food safety.

The federal agencies have been found lacking in their ability to handle basic matters such as the honesty of food labels and the safety of fresh produce. This fundamental deficiency is more disturbing in light of the more complicated matters facing the agencies, such as nanotechnology and biotechnology. Systemic problems are behind many of these concerns. In particular, FDA’s chronic funding shortages have forced the agency into a reactive mod. The federal agencies face gaps in scientific knowledge, and an eroded science base leads to poor decisions or lack of ability to devise appropriate solutions.

Keywords: food law

Suggested Citation

Fortin, Neal D., United States Food Law: Consumers, Controversies, Current Issues (2009). 1 European Consumer Law Journal 15-42 (2009), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2496665

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