This session was recorded as part of FDLI’s Virtual Introduction to Food Law and Regulation Course in September 2023.
DEEPTI A. KULKARNI is a partner at Covington & Burling where she provides strategic advice to clients on a wide range of complex matters involving FDA and USDA regulatory oversight. She has played a key role in the development and implementation of the regulatory frameworks for alternative proteins as well as bioengineered food and agriculture products. Deepti advises companies developing and marketing animal products, foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics at nearly every step of the product lifecycle. She also counsels clients on potential crises, such as product recalls, import refusals, and other regulatory actions. Deepti previously served as an Associate Chief Counsel in the FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel. While at FDA, she counseled various components of FDA and HHS on a broad scope of issues related to animal products, foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics, as well as cross-product matters involving imports and exports, advisory committees, and constitutional issues. Deepti received several awards during her time at the FDA, including the FDA Award of Merit (FDA’s highest award), Commissioner’s Special Recognition Award, and the CFSAN Director’s Special Citation Award.