The manufacturing, storing, packaging, and labeling of most food is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Certain other federal, state and local regulations can also apply, depending on the product. These regulations are complex and failure to comply with them can lead to fines, seizure of product, damage to company reputation, and even criminal penalties. The purpose of these laws is to ensure that consumers are informed about what they are eating and that foods are manufactured safely to prevent foodborne illness.
Our food-law practice helps food and beverage manufacturers to comply with these regulations, whether they are growing, harvesting, manufacturing, storing, or labeling the products for sale.