Three Decades Of Crisis Management Experience

Eric F. Greenberg, P.C. provides legal representation to clients whose food products are, or are suspected of being in violation of FDA provisions and state laws. He has represented numerous parties experiencing hardships and helped them comply with FDA regulations. Any food crisis affects many suppliers, even suppliers whose food is not contaminated.

For example, when the spinach outbreak hit the United States, a number of companies responsible for producing and transporting spinach were affected when it was temporarily removed from the market. It was a preventative measure to reassure consumers that quality assurance guidelines would be assessed and new practices would be put into place.

Representing Companies before the FDA & State Agencies

For 30 years, Mr. Greenberg has handled crisis management for companies throughout Illinois and the United States. Large corporations and production plants count on legal representation when a food poisoning outbreak or contamination, production, packaging, or shipping issue emerges. When such crises arise, we can help clients in the following ways:

  • Assist with determining recall of the product.
  • Handling communications with the Food and Drug Administration and state agencies.
  • Coordinating statements for presentation to consumers and the media.
  • Establishing new practices and procedures for protection of consumers.
  • Investigation of the scope and cause of the crisis/outbreak/contamination.
  • Limiting damage caused by food crisis.
  • Reassuring and preserving customer relations.

When a company responds proactively and effectively, reassuring clients, and putting into practice new safety procedures, the company can often come out of the crisis in a better position and stronger than when it started. Responding successfully to a crisis in the food industry is the most important step in resolving it. In turn, effective preparation is a key to a successful response.

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For preventative legal advice and post-crisis representation,contact Eric F. Greenberg, P.C. Our U.S. food crisis management lawyers will provide you with comprehensive information for crisis management.

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The law firm of Eric F. Greenberg, P.C., located in Chicago, Illinois, represents clients in food and drug law, packaging law, and food chain national security. The attorneys serve clients throughout the United States, from New York to California, Minnesota to Texas.

GRAS Goes to Congress

GRAS Goes to Congress

By Eric F. Greenberg, Attorney-at-law

Remember that whole business involving NGOs and other folks objecting to the legal system that allows companies to self-determine that their uses of substances are Generally Recognized As Safe (“GRAS”)? And remember how some groups had gone to court to get the system declared unlawful, but late last year the court ruled against them? Well, there’s a new chapter to this story. Now, some members of Congress have proposed a bill that would make changes to the law to address those very same objections.

The GRAS pathway to clearance of the use of substances in packaging and in food is crucially important, and this proposed law has the potential to make enormous changes in various legal obligations. For that reason, packagers should keep a close eye on this latest chapter in the ongoing debate over the policy issues surrounding the GRAS system.

In my view, addressing the complaints we’ve heard for years about the GRAS program required changes in the law, so at least the objectors are in the correct forum. There’s been so much criticism of the Food and Drug Administration lately, what with its slow reaction to the infant formula contamination problem, on top of its handling of issues relating to heavy metals in baby food and various complaints about its handling of COVID and other drug approvals, for some examples. But when it comes to the GRAS program, it’s always seemed that most of the objectors’ objections were better directed at Congress than at FDA.

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