Senate Passes Food Safety Modernization Act to Strengthen FDA’s Power to Regulate Food Industry

December 06, 2010
Congress is on the brink of passing the Food Safety Modernization Act, widely heralded as the most significant reform of the nation’s food safety laws in decades. The Act, which passed the Senate last week but faces procedural and legislative roadblocks in the House of Representatives, promises to usher in a heightened era of federal oversight for food manufacturers by granting the FDA new powers to enact food safety regulation and halt operation of food facilities due to safety concerns. This update reviews key provisions in the Act and considers its potential impact on the food industry.