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Our Chicago, Illinois law firm is uniquely experienced and nationally recognized in the area of packaging law. We have over 30 years’ experience advising and representing clients in the food, drug, and consumer product packaging industries.

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We provide advice and guidance in all food packaging matters, including:

  • Packaging Materials Evaluations
  • FDA Approval Processes (Food Contact Notifications; Food Additive Petitions; GRAS Evaluations & Notices)
  • Development & Implementation of Compliance Strategies
  • Identification of Compliance Deficiencies
  • Labeling Review & Compliance
  • Product Crisis Management
  • Inspection Preparation
  • Enforcement Defense

Packaging and labeling requirements are constantly changing. You cannot afford to work with a lawyer who practices packaging law part-time or as a small component of their practice. We have investigated, managed, and implemented all aspects of FDA packaging law and requirements. We are the firm other lawyers call when their clients need a qualified packaging law attorney.

We advise and represent clients at every level of the food packaging industry. We work with large multi-national corporations, as well as small and medium-sized companies. Regardless of your size or your product, we will provide you with the guidance and assistance you need to ensure compliance.

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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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