Law For Food: The law affects what you eat. What you buy to eat affects the law.

Politics over Science
30 July 2007, 12:58 pm
Filed under: food politics, Regulation

Executive Order 13422, signed by the President in January, mandates that agencies will not move forward with rule changes without those changes being signed off by political appointees. The implications for food regulation and food safety are that federal agency rule changes which are supported by the relevant science and economic justifications must then vetted by a political appointee.

The current climate, wherein massive amounts of food industry money is spent on politicians in order to ensure that the legal and economic climate tilts in favor of existing industry, is apparently not enough. The fact that agency rule-making and enforcement is already very industry-friendly is apparently not enough. (See, e.g., Food Politics, p. 93-159) Now agency rule-making will be placed under the ambit of a single, politically appointed director.


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