Area of focus

Food Compliance and Enforcement

There is a focus on food safety and inspection at all food processing and distribution levels. And there is an increasing regulatory and competitive scrutiny of food and dietary supplement activities.

Food and beverage companies benefit from the experience and perspective we have gained from participating in the...

Representative experience

Counseled companies on developing food safety plans, supplier verification programs, and food defense plans that comply with FSMA requirements.

Advised companies on how to prepare for and manage a regulatory inspection, as well as related enforcement, preparing for Regulatory Meetings with the agency, and negotiating consent decrees.

Helped companies stay up to date on agency inspection and enforcement plans and priorities, as well as trends seen by the food industry.

Assisted companies in handling product recalls, reports to the Reportable Food Registry, outbreak investigations, and corrective actions needed to resume production.

Helped companies respond to demand letters regarding labeling and marketing claims.

Counseled numerous food companies on compliance with the requirements for bottled water, low-acid foods, acidified foods, juice HACCP, seafood HACCP, and meat and poultry HACCP.

Counseled numerous food industry clients on complying with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s requirements related to food package inserts, premiums, and gifts.

Conducted numerous due diligence investigations for companies involved in a takeover or merger, identifying serious regulatory deficiencies and avoiding a company from acquiring another’s problems.

On behalf of many food manufactures, we are successfully working with the FDA’s Office of Criminal Investigations on product tampering, extortion, and product counterfeit matters.

Successfully represented many meat and poultry processors in responding to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service noncompliance reports (NRs), 30-Day letters, and Notices of Intended Enforcement Action.

Assisted a major grain importer in resolving concerns raised by the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service arising under the Federal Noxious Weed Seed Act.

FDA Issues First Warning Letter for Foreign Supplier Verification Program Violations under FSMA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued the first Warning Letter addressing violations of the Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) rule, one of the seven major...

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Regulation of cannabis in Italy: Use in food and cosmetics

In Italy the cultivation and the industrial use of hemp has a long tradition and recent changes in law have led to a revival.

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FDA announces reinspection and VQIP fees for Fiscal Year 2020

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 fee rates, which in particular cover the fees for facility reinspections and participation in the...

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National Advertising Division issues decision on "0 g added sugars" claim for oatmilk

Oatly, Inc. has chosen to discontinue its “no added sugars” advertising claims after the Campbell Soup Company brought a challenge before the National Advertising Division...

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FDA Finalizes Guidance on How to Determine Whether a Company Meets the “Small Business” Definition under the FSMA Preventive Controls Regulations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently finalized its “Guidance for Industry: Determining the Number of Employees for Purposes of the ‘Small Business’...

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