Reliable Representation For US And International Food Labeling Requirements

Food, drug and device labeling is heavily regulated, with requirements for both mandatory content as well as voluntary claims made regarding the product. Understanding international and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food labeling requirements is essential to ensuring that you remain compliant.

The typical food label contains a statement of identity, net weight of contents, name of the manufacturer, packer, distributor, nutrition fact panel, and a list of ingredients, including allergens. However, additional regulations can come into play depending on the types of voluntary claims you choose to include.

At the law firm of Eric F. Greenberg, P.C., we represent clients in a wide array of domestic and international food labeling matters. We are prepared to advise all issues related to labeling requirements. We have decades of experience, and attorney Greenberg has taught a two-day short course on food labeling for the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). You will be hard-pressed to find a more knowledgeable or better prepared advisor in these matters.

Providing Comprehensive Food Labeling Compliance Services

As with most other areas of compliance, proper preparation is often the best approach. We work with many clients who send us prints of their labels for review prior to distribution of the product. We frequently review labels for clients and provide feedback on any changes we would recommend in order to ensure compliance.

We are also committed to helping clients become familiar with labeling requirements. In addition to providing feedback and recommending changes to your label, we will also provide you with a complete explanation of our rationale and the regulations that led to our recommendations.

Contact Our Law Firm To Discuss Your Labeling Issues

From our office in Chicago, Illinois, we represent clients throughout the United States and around the world in a wide array of labeling requirement matters. Contact us to schedule an appointment to speak with a lawyer. You can reach us by phone at 312-977-4647 or via 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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