Regulations Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act

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Richard A Williams

University of Notre Dame - Department of Sociology

Date Written: 08/18/2015

Abstract

The FDA has been charged by the 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) with improving food safety in the United States. The four large regulations analyzed in this paper do not appear able to accomplish that mission. Part of the reason for this failure is that Congress has narrowly prescribed some of the reforms that must be in these regulations. In addition to those requirements, however, the FDA is proposing even more expansionist regulations. There are two problems with these regulations and the expansions proposed in the FSMA: either they do not address an actual food safety risk in the areas they cover, or, where there is a significant risk, analysis shows that they will not effectively reduce that risk. Either way, the costs of these rules exceed the benefits, in some cases by a great deal.

Suggested Citation

Williams, Richard A, Regulations Implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (08/18/2015). Mercatus Center Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3191357 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3191357

Richard A Williams (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame - Department of Sociology ( email )

Notre Dame, IN 46556
United States

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