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Southwestern Law School

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy"

From David Rosen at the Penn Program on Regulation comes news of a new book, Import Safety: Regulatory Governance in the Global Economy.   From Penn:

In recent years, numerous imports have prompted public alarm, including:

· imported toys coated with lead paint

· milk products and pet food contaminated with the hazardous chemical melamine

· drywall that leaches noxious fumes in homes across the country

· blood thinner for kidney dialysis patients masked with a lethal chemical

In today’s era of global trade, more food, drugs, and other goods move across national borders than government inspectors can ever fully test for safety.   Import Safety’s analyses and proposals therefore come at an pivotal time for consumer protection. 

Published by the University of Pennsylvania Press, Import Safety contains the results from a major project organized by the Penn Program on Regulation.  With chapters written by leading legal scholars and social scientists, this new book combines careful diagnosis of the import safety problem with analysis of innovative policy solutions.

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