RK&O attorney Daniel Zinman published the article "From Bonds to Burritos: How the Increasing Criminalization of Regulatory Offenses Affects the Food and Beverage Industry" in Food Safety Magazine.
Recently, food and beverage safety violations have escalated from regulatory concerns to criminal issues garnering significant attention from the Department of Justice. Conduct that once would have been dealt with by state and federal regulators has now become the target of criminal prosecutors. Attorneys from the DOJ are starting to focus on the food services industry, just as they have focused on the financial industry in recent years.
In this article, Mr. Zinman discusses how recent high-profile prosecutions of financial firms and their executives serve as a window into what the future could hold for the food and beverage industry and suggests ways in which the food industry can prepare for such scrutiny.