October 2, 2007
Roberts on Role of Regulation in Minimizing
Michael T. Roberts (Venable LLP, adjunct Arkansas) has published The Role of Regulation in Minimizing Terrorist Threats Against the Food Supply: Information, Incentives, and Penalties, 8(1) Minn. J. L. Sci. & Tech. 199-223 (2007), and the article is posted on the Agricultural Law Center website (link). Here is the first paragraph:
Ringing alarm bells as he announced his resignation as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tommy Thompson posited: “I, for the life of me, cannot understand why the terrorists have not . . . attacked our food supply because it is so easy to do.”
The seeming ease of a terrorist attack on the United States food supply evokes the obvious question of what steps should be taken to minimize the threat. Determining what steps should be taken and implementing those steps naturally turns our attention to the government’s important role in protecting the safety of the nation’s food supply from terrorist attacks.
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There's a bit of legislation sitting in committee, for a number of years, called The Safe Food Act. I wonder why it doesn't get more press, especially in this post 9-11 climate.
Posted by: Bix | Oct 3, 2007 3:26:21 AM