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, 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.

Attendee Resources

These valuable takeaways will be provided onsite:

Who Should Attend

  • New legal and regulatory professionals
  • Seasoned practitioners new to the topic or wanting a refresher

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  • full-time students only
  • transcripts required

A Valuable Reference

Purchase A Practical Guide to FDA’s Food and Drug Law Regulation, 6th Edition to have an overview of the key legal and regulatory topics at your fingertips. Order your copy today and it will be shipped directly to your office.

To ensure that FDLI is able to provide you with a seat, materials, and meals, please register for programs at least 48 hours in advance. While onsite registration is available on a “space-available” basis; late registrants are not guaranteed materials or meals.

You can transfer your registration to another person at your organization for no cost by notifying us of the change. If you notify FDLI in writing at least five business days prior to the meeting, you can cancel your registration for a full refund (less a $75 fee). Refunds will be applied against the original form of payment.  

Our event policies are listed here. If you should have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 800-956-6293.


subject to change

Curriculum Advisor: Riëtte van Laack, Director, Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC


Tuesday, 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
Veronica Colas, Senior Associate, 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

R. Trent Taylor, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

12:30 – 1:45 PM
Networking Lunch

1:45 – 3:15 PM
Food Labeling: General Requirements (Including Meat and Poultry)
Gisela Leon
, Consultant, EAS Consulting Group, LLC

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

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


Wednesday, September 25

8:00 AM
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45 AM
Advertising: Federal Trade Commission and Private Rights of Action
Todd A. Harrison, Partner, Venable LLP

9:45 – 11:00 AM
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Jeffrey W. Canavan, Deputy Director, Labeling and Program Delivery Division, Office of Policy and Program Development, USDA

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

11:15 – 12:30 PM
Dietary Supplements
Matthew Hegreness, Associate, Covington & Burling LLP

12:30 – 1:30 PM
Networking Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Regulation of Cosmetics
Brendan Carroll
, Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP

2:30 – 3:45 PM
Inspection and Enforcement Authority
John H. Fuson
, Partner, Crowell & Moring LLP

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

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Imports and International Issues
Sarah M. Goldstein
, Staff Attorney, Sidley Austin 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.

Location and Overnight Accommodations

Course Location

Crowell & Moring LLP
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

Parking and Public Transportation

Crowell Moring is located two blocks away from Metro Center Station (Red, Orange, Blue, and Silver Lines) and the Archives metro stop (Yellow and Green Lines). Parking is available at the Colonial Parking garage located at 555 11th Street NW for $14/hour or $25/full day. Please note that parking is currently not available in the Crowell Moring building due to construction.

Overnight Accommodations

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Moxy Hotel for conference attendees at the special group rate of $289/night, not inclusive of taxes.  The Moxy is approximately a 10-minute walk from the course venue.  Reservations can be made online and must be received by August 26, 2019 to receive the group rate. After this date, it is at the hotel’s discretion whether to accept additional reservations, which will be subject to prevailing rates and availability.

Please contact the Conference Department with any accessibility requirements or dietary restrictions, or for other questions.