Understanding FDA And USDA Requirements In Food Packaging And Labeling

Together, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) combine to regulate the vast majority of the food that Americans consume. The requirements and approaches of these two agencies differ in fundamental ways. Having dedicated counsel who understands the law and can help to ensure ongoing compliance can be extremely beneficial.

At the law firm of Eric F. Greenberg, P.C., we represent food producers and packaging manufacturers in a broad range of FDA and USDA regulatory compliance matters. We have a complete understanding of the regulations that impact food packaging and labeling, and we have extensive experience helping clients establish and implement comprehensive compliance plans.

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A large part of our packaging law practice involves reviewing clients’ current compliance programs and recommending changes based on current laws. Our knowledge of the ongoing changes to the law allows us to provide the most meaningful advice possible and ensure that all pertinent considerations have been addressed.

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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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