Otto von Bismarck once said, “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Fortunately, the government that makes the laws does want to see the sausage being made and, as such, has instituted new regulations that protect employees in various levels of the food industry from facing retaliation for reporting practices that are unsafe, unsanitary or otherwise violate the Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act.
The Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act, as amended by the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), has prohibited retaliation against food industry whistleblowers since 2010. However, it was only in February of 2014 that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provided interim regulations to put those changes into effect. Under these laws and regulations, whistleblowers receive protection from retaliation by their employers for reporting violations of food safety regulations:
The government has increasingly come to appreciate how conscientious whistleblowers can increase its regulatory effectiveness. Despite these protections, however, informants should always contact an experienced Dallas whistleblower attorney before taking action.