by Diana Winters
Emily M. Broad Leib and Margot Pollans recently posted The New Food Safety, forthcoming in the California Law Review, on SSRN. The article argues for a comprehensive definition of “food safety” that encompasses “acute ingestion-related illness” (narrow food safety), “whole-diet, cumulative ingestion-related risks that accrue over time” (intermediate food safety), and “risks that arise from food production or disposal” (broad food safety). The articles discusses why our current divided regulatory approach is problematic, and may actually exacerbate food-related harms. In addition to calling for an expanded definition of “food safety,” the article proposes better interagency coordination and the creation of a single Food System Safety agency.
This compelling work is applicable outside of the context of food, and will appeal broadly to scholars of the regulatory space.