Explore the essentials of food law and regulation and gain a comprehensive understanding of the various administrative agencies that impact these industries. Learn about pending regulations, food safety, food labeling, enforcement, and related issues. Case studies, hypotheticals, and ample time for discussion are provided.

Agenda Highlights

  • Organizational structure of the FDA
  • Concepts and statutes in food law and regulation, and the relationship between state and federal jurisdiction
  • Principles of food labeling requirements and litigation risks as shaped by FDA, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and class action litigation
  • Role of inspection and enforcement authorities and practical steps toward compliance
  • Food safety frameworks, including review of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) final rules and guidance for industry
  • International issues that affect food law and regulation in the United States
  • Dietary supplement oversight and the regulation of cosmetics

Statutes Covered

  • Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act)
  • Federal Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspections
  • Federal Trade Commission 15 U.S. C. § 41 et. seq.
  • Lanham Act – 15 U.S.C. §1051 et seq.

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Curriculum Advisor:
Sarah Roller, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

Monday, September 24

8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–8:35 AM
FDLI Welcome and Announcements
Khara L. Minter, Assistant Director, Training Programs, FDLI

8:35–9:35 AM
Overview of U.S. Food Law and Regulation
Brian D. Eyink, Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP

9:35–10:45 AM
Food Safety: Ingredient Preclearance/Intentional Components of Food
Riëtte van Laack
, Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC

10:45–11:00 AM
Networking and Refreshment Break

11:00–12:30 PM
Food Safety: Unintended Components/Contaminants of Food
Riëttevan Laack
, Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC

12:30–1:45 PM
Networking Lunch

1:45–3:15 PM
Food Labeling: General Requirements (Including Meat and Poultry)
Evangelia Pelonis,
Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP

3:15–3:30 PM
Networking and Refreshment Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM
Food Labeling: Nutrient Content, Health and Other Claims
Andrea Yablunosky, Independent Consultant, EAS Consultant Group, LLC


Tuesday, September 25

8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30–9:45 AM
Advertising: Federal Trade Commission and Private Rights of Action
Russell Blythe
, Partner, King & Spalding LLP

9:45–11:00 AM
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Brian Sylvester
, Special Counsel, Wiley Rein LLP

11:00–11:15 AM
Networking and Refreshment Break

11:15–12:30 PM
Dietary Supplements
Kristi L. Wolff
, Partner, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Donnelly McDowell, Senior Associate, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

12:30–1:30 PM
Networking Lunch

1:30–2:30 PM
Regulation of Cosmetics
Georgia Carole Ravitz
, Partner, Arent Fox LLP

2:30–3:45 PM
Inspection and Enforcement Authority
George Karavetsos
, Partner, DLA Piper LLP (US)

3:45–4:00 PM
Networking and Refreshment Break

4:00–5:00 PM
Imports and International Issues
Seth A. Mailhot
, Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
Emily R. Lyons, Associate, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

5:00 PM

Continuing Legal Education

FDLI applies for CLE credits in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. These CLE approvals may also be honored by other states; please check with your bar association for guidance. The CLE credits will be posted as they are granted and you can request to be notified when approval is received.

Ohio: approved for 13.75 CLE credit hours
Pennsylvania: approved for 13.5 CLE credit hours
Virginia: approved for 13.5 CLE credit hours

Course Location

Latham & Watkins
555 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

Overnight Accommodations 

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Fairfield Inn and Suites for conference attendees. Reservations can be made online. The group rate is $250/night, and reservations must be received by August 23, 2018 to receive the group rate. After this date, rooms will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.