August 15, 2017

Deregulation Brings New Threats to Our Food Supply

By the C|C Whistleblower Lawyer Team

According to a just-released post on the Government Accountability Project’s (GAP) Food Integrity Campaign Blog, the Trump Administration’s focus on deregulation may have particularly dire consequences on the safety of our food supply. There are two pieces of legislation in particular to which we should pay particular heed.

First, is the Regulation Accountability Act which apparently will require federal agencies to adopt the most cost-effective methods of regulating goods, not those most protective of consumers. Also known by some as the “Filthy Food Act,” GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign warns that “[w]ithout proper oversight, stories of sick kids poisoned by salmonella will proliferate, and thousands of needless deaths will occur nationwide.

Second, is the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act which apparently gives regulatory oversight to Congress rather than agency officials. According to GAP, this legislation facilitates the ability of corporate donors and moneyed contributors to push their agendas through the very agencies tasked with regulating them. GAP cautions that “regular Americans will be left hopelessly in the dark and made vulnerable by the very institutions that are tasked with serving them.”

This legislation is consistent with President Trump’s crusade against government regulation and oft-repeated vow to loosen the reins on Corporate America. Perahps one of the few promises he intends to keep. One of his first official acts as president was to sign an executive order requiring federal agencies to drop two regulations before implementing a new one. As GAP’s Food Integrity Campaign sees it, when it comes to the safety of our food supply, “[t]hat means each step toward safety is two steps back.” The ultimate message of this organization devoted to “protecting food and empowering whistleblowers — “Buyers Beware!”

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