Divide and Confound: The Strange Allocation of U.S. Regulatory Authority Over Food
Food and Drug Regulation in an Era of Globalized Markets, Elsevier, 2015
15 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2014
Date Written: October 8, 2014
One of the great problems of the food system in the United States is its failure to understand and embody the unity of the health of the environment in which food is grown and the wholesomeness of the food itself. In law, no feature of the system better symbolizes this failure than the scattering of regulatory authority over the food supply across multiple federal agencies with multifarious missions. The fragmentation of authority leads to inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the pursuit of a safe food supply. It also promotes opacity and dissonance in messages about the nature and quality of our food. Moving regulatory authority over food into one body rather than many would not, however, remove the most basic obstacles to a safe and transparent food supply, and it could, counterproductively, convince us that a bureaucratic reshuffling is all we need to achieve wholesome and open food.
Keywords: food and drug law, food law, regulatory fragmentation, food safety, food transparency
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