Experienced Representation For Food Contact Materials Approval Issues

Food packaging is as heavily regulated as the food it contains. Every substance in packaging is subject to rigorous food contact compliance requirements. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements are complex and evolve over time, and it can be difficult for suppliers, converters, manufacturers and end users to keep track.

At the law firm of Eric F. Greenberg, P.C., we have extensive experience advising clients on a variety of issues involving the review, evaluation and FDA approval of food contact materials. Attorney Greenberg is widely recognized for his comprehensive knowledge in this area and his ability to provide sound and timely solutions.

Providing Timely Advice In An Ever-Changing Environment

We are familiar with the ongoing developments in the food contact materials arena. We stay abreast of developments relating to active and intelligent packaging, nanotechnology and other emerging areas so that we can effectively advise our clients with regard to the regulatory status of various components and address any related issues.

Our experience and understanding of the regulatory requirements in these areas allow us to provide innovative solutions to our clients’ needs. From writing opinion letters regarding the compliance of a particular material to petitioning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for approval of a new use, we are prepared to provide the effective representation our clients require.

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From our office in Chicago, Illinois, we represent clients throughout the United States and around the world in complex food contact materials issues. Contact our office to speak with an attorney about your legal issue. You can reach us by phone at 312-977-4647 or send us an email.

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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