Stuart M. Pape, the firm’s managing partner, was quoted on June 26, 2009, by the Wall Street Journal in a story that examined how new legislation would require food companies to give Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors greater access to internal inspection records. The story comes in the wake of an E. coli outbreak from cookie dough produced at a Nestlé USA plant.
Proposed legislation now advancing through the House would require food companies to keep more records and give FDA inspectors access to all records during inspections. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recently approved the measure. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Senate, the Wall Street Journal reported.The legislation would “really change the dynamics of the situation” on record access by the FDA, Mr. Pape, who has represented the food industry for 35 years, told the Wall Street Journal.