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Dude! Gluten rules!

Gluten rules, as the surfers might say, but not in the way they might mean it. It rules the lives of those who have to avoid it for health reasons, and even some who avoid it for the wrong reasons.

Meanwhile, gluten rules, in the sense of FDA’s new rules defining what it means for a food to be “gluten-free” and say so in its labeling, became effective in early August. The framework these rules set up is unique, perhaps because the issue of gluten in food presents some unique challenges.

Gluten’s not a major allergen, but the legal provisions leading to rules about it were included in the same law as the one for major allergens, the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) of 2004. That law also set up new requirements for label statements about those 8 major allergens, namely milk, eggs, fish, Crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans.

The problems gluten presents are somewhat like those presented by major allergens: it creates health conditions in some people that can’t be cured, so those people affected by it just have to avoid it.

But gluten is unlike allergens in that lots of consumers avoid gluten in their diet, even though gluten’s not a health problem for many of them, though it’s a very serious problem for some of them.

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Eric F. Greenberg 
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Eric concentrates his practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation. His food and drug work has included regulatory counseling, new product development, negotiation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on numerous levels, handling recalls, and defending enforcement actions.

His packaging work is a pioneering approach to legal representation for members of the packaging industry. He counsels a wide range of consumer product companies, packaging manufacturers, packagedesign firms, and others on regulatory and labeling requirements, and handles related contractualand litigation matters.

He is a member of the Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and is an experienced trial and litigation practitioner in both federal and state courts.

Eric is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches Food and Drug Law, and a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Michigan State University School of Packaging, where he teaches an online course in Packaging Laws and Regulations.

He serves as legal editor of Packaging World Magazine, for which he contributes a monthly column, called The Legal Side.

As part of his development of packaging law, Eric wrote Guide to Packaging Law , published in 1996. It is the first reference book about law for those in the packaging business.

Eric is a frequent speaker and presenter on topics including developments in Food and Drug Law, FDA regulation of foods and other products, and packaging law developments.  For over 25 years, he has been an informative and popular speaker at educational seminars and conferences, including events sponsored by the Food and Drug Law Institute, Institute of Food Technologists, Smithers/Pira, Packaging Machinery Manufacturers’ Institute,  Society of Plastics Engineers, American Conference Institute,  and many others.

Eric received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 1980. He earned his law degree from Cornell Law School in 1983.

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Areas of Practice:
Food and Drug Law
Packaging Law
Commercial Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 1983
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Illinois
Education:
Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York, 1983
J.D.


Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A, 1980
Major:  Anthropology


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Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law
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Packaging World Magazine
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