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Dr. Debra M. Strauss

Professor of Business Law
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It's wise to be proactive: Learn about new food safety regulations now

An intriguing article about food safety and what people need to know about new F.D.A. measures, by Dr. Debra M. Strauss, associate professor of business law, Dolan School of Business: "More than two years since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law, the FDA has issued the requisite regulations to implement its proactive mandate. While these regulations are still in the proposed stage, it would be wise for food manufacturers and suppliers to learn them in advance of their finalization and begin these preventative measures..."

Published in Food Manufacturing magazine; Manufacturing.Net; Advantage Business Media's site;; tweeted by iPura Food Safety site on 11/4/13

Nature vs. GMO: Sides face off over genetically modified food

Dolan School of Business faculty member Dr. Debra Strauss was quoted in this recent article: "I think it's a while-you-were-sleeping story, and when consumers become more widely aware (of GMO content), they become more concerned," said Debra Strauss, a law professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, who has studied legal issues relating to food safety and GMO for more than 20 years. "The fact that American consumers don't know doesn't mean they don't want to know." That's slowly changing as GMO labeling laws were introduced in 26 states this year, according to the Center for Food Safety. Proposed bills in the Florida House of Representatives and Senate died in committee earlier this year. Only Maine and Connecticut have passed laws requiring food labels disclose GMO ingredients, Strauss said, but both laws state the requirement won't go into effect until other states in the region adopt similar laws. That was to prevent food companies from red-lining both states. There are no federal laws requiring GMO labeling, she added.

Published in The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida) on 9/2/13

Democrats, GOP both against GMO label law

Dr. Debra Strauss, of the Dolan School of Business, was quoted extensively in an article about how bills requiring GMO labeling introduced in 2002 in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate never got out of subcommittees. What- Over the next two years, 13 bills and two resolutions on agricultural biotechnology were introduced, Strauss reported in a 2006 article in the Food and Drug Law Journal. Only the resolutions, both supporting a U.S. complaint against the European Union for restricting GMO crops, passed. In April Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Barbara Boxer of California introduced GMO labeling bills, but they've failed to gain traction so far. The same goes for a similar House bill sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore.

Published in The Ledger (Lakeland, Florida) on 9/2/13

Making the case for safe

Dr. Debra Strauss, of the Dolan School of Business, was quoted extensively in an article (Page 22-23) exploring food safety: 'Most of the talk in food safety circles these days seems to center around the pending finalization of provisions of the Food Safety Moderation Act. But lawyers advise against putting off legal preparation for potential food safety events until after the Food and
Drug Administration releases its final version of the act. "It is always best to be proactive," said Debra Strauss, associate professor of business law at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business at Fairfield University, Fairfield, Conn. Planning for a possible food safety incident by taking preventive actions and familiarizing yourself with your legal responsibilities potentially could reduce penalties you might face, she said.'

Published in ProduceOps (alternate link) (a trade magazine that devoted a recent issue to sustainability issues) in the May 2013 issue

Dr. Strauss shares her expertise on Genetically Modified Food

Dr. Debra Strauss, associate professor of business law at the Dolan School of Business, was interviewed on a radio show broadcast live on the topic of GMOs, by Mary Jones, who hosts a program on WDRC-AM in Hartford, the afternoon drive-time show, which is also broadcast on the station's Connecticut affiliates in Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington. Listen to the interview.

Appeared on The Mary Jones Show - Talk of Connecticut on 6/5/13

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