June 25, 2018Published Article

Benson quoted in, “Trump Food Safety Proposal Unlikely To Have Legs”


Michael Best Partner Paul Benson was quoted in Law360’s article, “Trump Food Safety Proposal Unlikely To Have Legs” on June 25, 2018.

“The Trump administration’s proposal to strip the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its oversight over food safety and assign it to an agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the premise that it would improve efficiency might sound good on paper, but attorneys doubt that it will come to fruition.

The proposal, tucked into the administration’s 132-page plan to reorganize the government, is based on the fact that the FDA and the USDA both share food safety oversight, but with some strange inconsistencies; for example, the FDA regulates seafood, except for catfish, which is overseen by the USDA. While consolidating food safety oversight under one agency’s aegis would be preferable in concept, attorneys warned it would not so be easy to carry out in practice, given the current political atmosphere and that similar ideas have failed in the past.”

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