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Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: DOJ Memorandum Adds Further Weight to CPSC Enforcement Efforts Against Corporate...

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued a memorandum to various enforcement agencies. The memorandum, available here, focuses on holding individuals accountable for corporate fraud and misconduct. The...more

Guilty Convictions in Salmonella Trial May Signify Landmark in Criminal Food-Safety Prosecutions

This space has thoroughly explored the various forms of civil liability food companies face for the mislabeling and/or deceptive marketing of their products. Last week, a set of landmark convictions in a criminal food-safety...more

Do Not Pass Go: Federal Judge Orders Execs Jailed for Contempt of Recall Order

A recent federal decision has made clear that court-ordered recalls can have real teeth, not just for manufacturers but also their officers—especially when the court has reason to suspect a company’s execs are deliberately...more

Pin the Blame on the Corporate Officer: Senators Introduce Hide No Harm Act

Three Senate Democrats recently introduced a bill that seeks to hold company executives of a product maker or seller criminally liable for knowingly "failing to inform and warn of serious dangers" associated with a product....more

Food and Beverage News and Trends

FDA clarifies its stance on cheese making. On June 13, the FDA issued a clarification stating it “does not have a new policy banning the use of wooden shelves in cheese-making, nor is there any requirement in effect...more

Auto Suppliers Prepare for Barrage of Recalls

With the recent high-profile recalls involving Toyota and GM, auto suppliers are anticipating a spike in recalls and asking themselves how to prepare for this inevitability. As a start, auto suppliers need to...more

When Food Production Leads to Prosecution

Over the last few weeks, two big stories have made headlines in the food industry. Beginning in early February, news media across Europe began reporting that food products tested in several European countries contained...more

FDA Looks to Boost Criminal Prosecutions

In the wake of a scathing March 4th GAO Report, FDA has informed Congress that it will boost criminal prosecutions of pharmaceutical and food industry executives.[1] Although the Agency's Office of Criminal Investigation...more

New Consumer Protection Legislation by Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

In April of this year, Bill C-52, "respecting the safety of consumer products," was tabled in the House of Commons by the Minister of Health. This proposed legislation protects consumers by addressing or preventing dangers to...more

Antitrust & Federal Regulation: Senate Passes Consumer Product Safety Act Reauthorization

On March 6, 2008, the U.S. Senate passed S. 2663, the most ambitious reauthorization and amendment to the Consumer Product Safety Act and related statutes since the creation of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC or...more

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