New Food Safety Legislation Being Protested

Food Industry Protests Food Safety Plan Obama Signs Sweeping Food Safety Reform Bill. According to Bloomberg News, an Obama administration plan to prevent food contamination is being opposed by a coalition of 33 food industry groups representing frozen foods, meat, dairy, fresh produce and others. In a letter sent by the alliance of food producers, they warn that the $220 million plan would result in higher food prices for consumers. FDA spokesperson Doug Karas fired back in an email, “The fees are minimal compared with the cost of foodborne illnesses, which the act seeks to reduce. Such illnesses cost $77.7 billion a year, according to a 2012 study.” Stricter Regulations to Reduce Foodborne Illness Under this new legislation, importers will be held accountable for the safety of their foods, and theFDA will gain the power to demand, rather than recommend food recalls of contaminated food. A new tracking system will make it easier to pinpoint the source of outbreaks. Most experts in food safety agree that the plan will improve food safety, though the price of food will likely be affected. If you suspect that you or a loved one has been sickened by tainted food contact us for a free case appraisal.

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP