During an interview with the Associated Press on July 13, 2015, U.S. Associate Attorney General Stuart Delery declared food safety compliance enforcement a priority of the U.S. Department of Justice. “We have made a priority (of) holding individuals and companies responsible when they fail to live up to their obligations that they have to protect the safety of the food that all of us eat,” Delery said.
Companies that introduce adulterated food into U.S. commerce are subject to civil and criminal penalties under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). In recent years, cases where a food company was found guilty of distributing adulterated food products have resulted in various outcomes, from multimillion-dollar fines to jail time. The May 2015 ConAgra case is one example of the U.S. government’s crack down on food safety compliance. ConAgra Foods agreed to pay $11.2 million dollars after pleading guilty to distributing peanut butter contaminated with salmonella.
Food safety lawyer Bill Marler said that the Department of Justice has criminally charged many companies that weren’t even aware they were shipping contaminated food. This is yet another reason that food companies should take every possible precaution regarding food safety. Registrar Corp offers various food safety services to help companies comply with U.S. food safety regulations. Registrar Corp Regulatory Specialists can review a company’s HACCP or Food Safety Plan for compliance and can even conduct a Consultative Audit of a facility to help identify potential food safety issues. Registrar Corp’s FDA Compliance Monitor allows companies to monitor whether FDA has determined food safety issues regarding their own company or those in their supply chain.
If you have any questions regarding U.S. food safety regulations, contact Registrar Corp at +1-757-224-0177 or receive assistance 24-hours a day at www.registrarcorp.com/livehelp.