FDA, food safety, E. coli, Lettuce Safety Initiative (LSI), meat and poultry inspection program, allergen labeling, improper food storage, LaGrou Distribution Systems, open-air field testing, genetically engineered plants, consumer awareness, agency interaction

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Michael T. Roberts and Margie Alsbrook noted in the Journal's inaugural Food Law Update that "[t]he one constancy about food law in the United States is change, especially in a rapidly-developing food industry." This observation holds true today and also augurs a change in authorship of this section of the Journal. I hope to follow my colleagues' lead and provide timely and cogent updates of the federal (and occasionally state) statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions impacting food law and policy. It is both an honor and a duty, as food and its legal implications remain in many respects "the world's most important subject."