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Executive Insights from FDLI's 2015 Enforcement, Litigation & Compliance Conference: Trends and Risks for 2016 and Beyond | Compliance Architects®
Jonathan Olin, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, US Department of Justice
The more aggressive stance of the DOJ in prosecuting possible wrongdoings of corporate executives was explained by Jonathan Olin, US Deputy Assistant Attorney General, who addressed the Food and Drug Law Institute's Enforcement, Litigation and Compliance Conference on Dec. 9, 2015.
Jonathan Olin, US Dept. of Justice Jonathan Olin, US Deputy Assistant Attorney General "Americans should be able to trust that the food we buy for our families is safe to eat," Olin said. "And of course, the overwhelming majority of it is. But practically every week, another case comes across my desk detailing shoddy practices by a food manufacturing or processing company." Olin said the DOJ, working closely with the Food and Drug Administration, "will bring civil cases seeking to stop unsafe practices and to require appropriate compliance procedures. And, depending on the facts of each case, we have and will continue to bring criminal prosecutions." Olin pointed to the case of a subsidiary of ConAgra Foods that earlier in 2015 pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated peanut butter and agreed to pay $11.2 million in fines and forfeiture, which was the largest criminal amount ever in a food safety case. "And where the conduct we uncover goes beyond unsanitary conditions or other Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act violations to outright fraud, we will not hesitate to use every available tool to hold accountable those who put their own profits over the safety of the American consumer," he said. Peter Pan peanut butter ConAgra Foods in 2015 pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge in connection with a Salmonella outbreak traced to contaminated Peter Pan brand peanut butter. Olin explained: "Under a new policy announced a few months ago by Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates, individual accountability is at the heart of our corporate enforcement strategy.
The Acheson Group
In remarks delivered at a conference in December 2015, DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jonathan Olin stated that a key area of increased focus for the department is food safety.
While noting that the overwhelming majority of food in the U.S. is safe, he added, â€œBut practically every week another case comes across my desk detailing shoddy practices by a food manufacturing or processing company.â€� Because of this and the CDC statistics on foodborne illness and death, Olin said, â€œWorking closely with our partners at the FDA, we will bring civil cases seeking to stop unsafe practices and to require appropriate compliance procedures.
Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. Firm News
• Jonathan Olin, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, Department of Justice
In the DOJ's announcement of the settlement and civil forfeiture, Jonathan F. Olin - deputy assistant attorney general for the department's Civil Division - said, "Health care providers should generate business by offering their patients superior quality services or more convenient options, not by entering into contractual agreements designed to induce physicians to provide referrals."