Texas Wesleyan Law Review


Lisa Lovett

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When Americans buy food at their hometown grocery stores or frequent favorite restaurants, it is unlikely that much thought is given to whether any of the food consumed may ultimately cause their demise. They should. Food safety laws are an integral part of the domestic food supply and have been for most of this century. The attack on America on September 11, 2001 forced government officials, producers, and consumers to seek out and bolster any potential weak spots in national security. The domestic food supply is one such area of concern. The recent passage of the Public Health Security and Bioterrorism Preparedness Act of 2002 validates the concern that the food supply is at risk for possible terrorist activity. While the terrorist aspect of food safety regulation is most prominent, another more pervasive area of concern gaining regulatory attention is biological, not necessarily terrorist, activity. This Comment explores current food safety laws and practices and suggests that more consistent safety protocol throughout every link in the "farm-to-table" chain could bolster the integrity of the domestic food supply in the post-September 11th environment against both intentional and negligent harm risks.



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