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GAP Conference – Employee Rights and the Food Safety Modernization Act

I have the honor of opening up the Government Accountability Project’s Conference in a few weeks. I will also be bringing to Washington D.C. about a dozen victims of the Peanut Corporation of America Salmonella Outbreak to ask why justice has yet to be done to the over 700 sickened and nine dead. Hopefully, the Justice Department will read my post: “The Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act Overview of Food Adulteration and Criminal Sanctions.”

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This Conference addresses the changing legal landscape of employee rights resulting from the passage of the historic 2010 Food Safety Modernization Act. Among other monumental reforms, the Act establishes whistleblower protections for employees of entities involved in the manufacturing, processing, packing, transporting, distribution, reception, holding, or importation of food who provide information relating to any violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act – the act that gives the FDA most of its regulatory power. In addition to the Food Modernization Act, Conference panels and workshops will address food issues as varied as workers’ rights, humane handling, food importation, and the use of food additives.