Monday, November 22nd, 2010 - 15:16
This article is adapted from Noel P. Greis and Monica
L. Nogueira, “Food Safety—Emerging Public-Private
Approaches: A Perspective for Local, State, and Federal
Government Leaders“ (Washington, DC: IBM Center for
The Business of Government, 2010).
A slate of recent legislative initiatives at the national level represents the most expansive reform of food safety in the U.S. since the 1930s. Spurred, in part, by recent high-profile food contaminations, new legislation is now under consideration in Congress that not only gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greater regulatory powers over the nation’s food providers—but also dramatically alters the food safety landscape. Four separate bills have been introduced in this session of Congress. Provisions in these bills range from new authority for mandatory recalls for the FDA, to new riskbased approaches for inspection, and to new information management responsibilities for the private sector for “traceback” of its products in the food chain in the event of a contamination. A common theme of all the proposed bills is greater engagement between the public and private sectors in the interest of safer food.