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Food and Drug Act International Law Products Liability

The Food Safety Modernization Act

Part One of a Two-Part Article

By being proactive in adopting safe food processing operations, such companies hope to protect their reputation and business from the negative publicity and possible financial disaster arising from the sale of contaminated food and non-compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).


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Comprising the largest rewrite of U.S. food safety regulations in more than 70 years, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, has broad implications for almost all constituents involved in the food and feed industry. See Food Safety Modernization Act Public Law III – 353, 124 Stat. 3885, Jan. 4, 2011; 21 U.S.C. 301 et seq. The significant impact of the law was anticipated by food growers, producers, manufacturers, importers, carriers, distributors and retailers, but FSMA’s effect on equipment lessors and other secured lenders requires some consideration and analysis.

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