Arkansas School of Law (2011)

Accomplished attorney and national food safety expert, William Marler, presented “How the Food Safety Modernization Act Came About: Food Safety and Forces of Change” at 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in room 339 of the Leflar Law Center. The presentation was free and open to the public, and was approved for 1.5 hours of general continuing legal education.

The Food Safety Modernization Act became law in January 2011. The act represents the first major reform of the Food & Drug Administration’s food safety regime in 70 years. It shifts the administration’s focus from reactive to preventative, expands its powers to inspect and recall, establishes risk-based priorities, and addresses major weaknesses in import safety assurances. Marler was a strong proponent for the legislation, writing about the need for better consumer protection, testifying before Congress, and working in the media, advocating for stronger food safety regulation. In his presentation, he will discuss how the legislation came about.


Andy Albertson, director of communications

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