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by Eric F. Greenberg

Food Label Changes Invoke Nutrition, Health, History

There were many reactions to the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its proposed changes to food nutrition labeling, announced with great fanfare by FDA and first lady Michelle Obama. My reaction was, it made me think of history.

The announcements reminded me that back in the early 1990s, a lot of changes were made to the legally required information on food labels. The single most recognizable of these changes was the then-new Nutrition Facts box, a rectangle set off by a border, with those two words prominently across the top, detailing the food's contents of calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, and other substances.

It's not hard to understand why it was the most recognizable feature of the new food label: you could see it from across the room, after all, and because it was specifically required (on larger packages at least) to feature certain information in a specified format that featured a lot of white space, it looked rather modern. It was catchy, and also catching: in subsequent years, FDA also required dietary supplements to feature a similar-looking Supplement Facts box, and over-the-counter drugs to feature a similar-looking Drug Facts box.

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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


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Trial Bar of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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Adjunct Faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of Law
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Packaging World Magazine
Legal Editor/Columnist




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