Comply or die: criminal enforcement in the seafood industry


March 9, 2017


Keeping track of all the latest changes, updates and legal interpretations of the rules governing the U.S. seafood industry can be a tricky, nigh on impossible task. The maze of federal agencies with oversight over the catch, import and distribution of seafood in the United States include the Department of Justice, NOAA, the FDA and USDA. Robert Becerra, principal at Miami-based Becerra Law, will provide an overview of the criminal statutes most applicable to the U.S. seafood industry and the elements of, and penalties for, violations. He’ll also give an update on the latest criminal enforcement activities against seafood importers and distributors for seafood fraud, adulterations, Lacey Act violations and for contamination by pathogens. Becerra will address the sobering reality a conviction under the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act does not require evidence of criminal intent.

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