Navigating Key Regulatory Agencies for the Food Industry: Comprehending the Jurisdiction, Function, Organization and Interplay of the FDA, USDA, FTC and Local Health Agencies

November 13, 2017 1:30pm

Jeanine Flaherty, MPH
Executive Director of Food Safety, Quality & Regulatory Compliance
Legal Sea Foods, LLC (Boston, MA)

Anna K. Kakos
Managing Director, Corporate Counsel
Starbucks Corporation (Seattle, WA)

Christianna M.L. Reed
Vice President and General Counsel, Legal and Risk Management
Chicken of the Sea Int’l. (El Segundo, CA)

Georgia Ravitz
Arent Fox LLP (Washington, DC)

  • Understanding how the responsibilities and jurisdiction of FDA, USDA, FTC and local health agencies intersect and overlap
  •  Deciphering the organizational structure of each agency
    • DHHS: FDA – CFSAN (Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition); (ODSP) Office of Dietary Supplement Programs; CDC (Center for Disease Control)
    • USDA – FSIS (Food Safety Inspection Service), AMS (Agriculture Marketing Service), APHIA (Animal Plant Health Inspection Service)
    • FTC – Bureau of Consumer Protection
    • State and local health agencies
  • Defining the scope of each agency’s jurisdiction and authority
    • Labeling
    • Marketing, promotion and advertising
    • Product recalls
  • Examining how each agency exercises its jurisdiction and regulatory authority
    • Rule making
    • Product decisions
    • Enforcement
  • Addressing preemption challenges between state and local authorities
    • Understanding when federal laws preempt state regulation
    • Examining how state authorities exercise their authority despite preemption