Intro to Food Law

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February 5-6

Introduction to Food Law and Regulation

For a new professional in the field, understanding a myriad of food legal issues and requirements can be a daunting task. FDLI’s Introduction to Food Law and Regulation course that has been held for more than 15 years is a one-stop resource that provides the basics of food law and regulation.

This comprehensive two-day course on the essential elements of food law and regulation is a valuable program for new members of the legal community; government officials; advertising, marketing and investment professionals; and others new to the food and dietary supplement community.  This course is also an excellent refresher for the seasoned professional.

Our faculty includes leading attorneys, in-house counsel and other representatives from the food and drug law community who will:
  • Provide an in-depth overview of food law and regulation by recognizing key concepts and statues and the relationship between state law and FDA regulations;
  • Help make sense of the various government agencies with authority to impact food safety (FDA, the US Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Trade Commission, among others), and the process they use to create, promulgate and enforce regulations and international issues that affect food safety in the US;
  • Provide guidance on the general requirements for food labeling and examine advertising; and
  • Explore the basics of dietary supplement oversight and the regulation of cosmetics.

February 5

8:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Khara L. Minter, Conference Manager/Foor Team Member, The Food and Drug Law Institute

8:35 – 
9:30 a.m.

Overview of U.S. Food Law and Regulation

  • Review the statutory framework of how the government regulates the food industry
  • Become familiar with sections of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act
  • Define “food”

Miriam J. Guggenheim, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Food Safety: Ingredient Preclearance:  Intentional Components of Food

  • Define “food additive” and the application of Generally Recognized as Safe

George Burdock, President and Founder, Burdock Group

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. – 
12:00 p.m.

Food Safety: Unintended Components/Contaminants of Food

  • Explore the definition and applications of “adulteration”
  • Discuss Good Manufacturing Practices and its relation to food
Ricardo Carvajal, Of Counsel, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.    

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.


1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Food Labeling: General Requirements (Including Meat & Poultry)

  • Review food labeling requirements
  • Differentiate “label” from “labeling”
  • Examine labeling requirements for menus, bioengineered food and irradiation
Martin. J. Hahn, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP    

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.          

Food Labeling: Nutrient Content, Health and Other Claims

  • Define the various categories and required elements of claims
  • Probe the scope of preemption and state requirements

Martin. J. Hahn, Partner, Hogan Lovells LLP    

4:00-5:00 p.m.

Advertising: The Federal Trade Commission and Private Rights of Action

  • Explore the Federal Trade Commission’s role and statutory authority regarding food advertising 
  • Review the elements of claims substantiation

Anne V. Maher, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan & Becker LLP    


February 6

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 a.m.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Obtain a clearer view of foods regulated by United States Department of Agriculture
  • Review the similarities and differences between FDA and USDA scope of jurisdiction

Jeffrey W. Canavan, RD, Deputy Director, Labeling and Program   Delivery Division, USDA

9:45 – 11:05 a.m.

Dietary Supplements

  • Define “dietary supplement”
  • Examine sections of The Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994

Anthony Young, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, LLP

11:05 – 11:35 a.m.

Refreshment Break

11:35 – 12:15 a.m.

The Regulation of Cosmetics    

  • Define “cosmetic” and “color additives”
  • Explore cosmetic labeling and warning requirements
Claudia A. Lewis, Partner, Venable, LLP 

12:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.


1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Inspection and Enforcement Authority

  • Review FDA’s and USDA’s inspections authorities
  • Differentiate FDA’s various enforcement tools
  • Review Commissioner Hamburg’s 2009 Enforcement Priorities
Gary L. Yingling, Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP   

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Refreshment Break

3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Imports and International Issues

  • Receive an overview of FDA’s food import authority
  • Become familiar with FDA’s international presence and activities that safeguard the public’s health

Mark Mansour, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

4:45 p.m.


Continuing Legal Education Credits

Introduction to Food Law and Regulation
  • Virginia – 12.0 hours

Continuing Legal Education credits may be awarded for attending this program. FDLI applies directly to Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. These states are generally recognized as approved jurisdictions by other states. Please contact your Bar Association for guidance.

View FDLI's Continuing Legal Education (CLE) policy.