New Directions for Food Safety:  The Food Safety Modernization Act and Beyond

Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center; the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Food Law and Policy Division; and the Food Law Lab; with support from the Top University Strategic Alliance.

Tentative Agenda

9:00 – 9:05am: Welcome remarks 

9:05 – 9:50am: Keynote 

  • Peter Barton Hutt, Harvard Law School/Covington & Burling – The Food Safety Modernization Act in Historical Perspective

9:50 – 11:05am: Panel 1 – FSMA and Risk Regulation Strategy 

  • Jake Gersen, Food Law Lab, Harvard Law School – Political Economy & Political Psychology in Food Safety 
  • Anne Joseph O’Connell, UC Berkeley School of Law – The FSMA and the Modern Administrative State: Sticking to Business as Usual or Shaking Up Standard Practices?
  • Michael Roberts, Resnick Food Law and Policy Program, UCLA School of Law – The Regulation of Food Fraud Under FSMA: A Triggering of Obligations
  • Moderator – I. Glenn Cohen, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School

11:05-11:15: Break

11:15-12:30: Panel 2 – Regulating Farm Production: From Zero to Sixty

  • Denis Stearns, Seattle University School of Law – Turning a Black Swan White: Questioning the Need for Regulation of Non-Industrial Agriculture
  • Alli Condra, Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School – FSMA and Farm Consolidation
  • Margot Pollans, Resnick Food Law and Policy Program, UCLA School of Law – FSMA and Sustainability
  • Moderator – Robert Greenwald, Center for Health Law Policy and Innovation, Harvard Law School

12:30-1:15: Lunch Break 

Please note: Lunch will not be provided.

1:15-2:30:  Panel 3 – Benefits, Challenges, and Gaps in FSMA’s Approach 

  • Lewis Grossman, Washington College of Law, American University – New Governance, New Challenges
  • Kuei–Jung Ni, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School/Institute for Technology Law, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan – FSMA and Uncertain Health Risks: The Prospect of Regulating Veterinary Drugs in Feeding
  • Stephanie Tai, University of Wisconsin School of Law – Whole Foods: The FSMA and the Challenges of Defragmenting Food Safety Regulation
  • Moderator – Sheila Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

2:30-2:40: Break 

2:40-3:55: Panel 4 – International Issues and Trade Implications

  • Alberto Alemanno, HEC Paris/NYU School of Law – The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP): Towards Transatlantic Regulatory Compatibility in the Food Sector
  • Ching-Fu Lin, Petrie-Flom Center, Harvard Law School – The Role of Private Standards in the FSMA
  • Marsha Echols, Howard University School of Law – Mandatory and Voluntary Programs for Importers
  • Moderator – Joel Trachtman, The Fletcher School, Tufts University

3:55-4:00: Concluding remarks

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