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Marisa Padula, a Scientific Researcher in the Packaging Technology Center of Brazil’s Institute of Food Sciences and Technology (ITAL), will join Dr. Dennis Keefe, Director of FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety, and Dr. Elena Emelianova, a Scientific Evaluator in Health Canada’s Food Packaging Materials and Incidental Additives Section, as a guest speaker at Keller and Heckman’s 18th annual Food Packaging Law Seminar.

Attendees at Keller and Heckman’s 18th Food Packaging Law seminar will learn about the latest hot topics impacting the food packaging industry, such as the increase in citizen and abandonment petitions, new requirements under the Food Safety and Modernization Act, and developments on drug packaging in the U.S. In addition, Keller and Heckman’s food packaging attorneys and scientists will provide guidance on how to attain clearances for food-contact materials in jurisdictions around the world, from the U.S.

Keller and Heckman Partner Devon Hill and Scientist Peter Coneski will be among the presenters at the 254th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, which will take place August 20-24 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) May 2017 denial of their food additive petition to remove several clearances for perchlorate from food-contact applications, a group of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have requested a formal evidentiary public hearing. (Click here to view the request.) This type of hearing, which would be held before an administrative law judge (ALJ), has not happened since the 1970s.

Keller and Heckman is pleased to announce its inaugural Food Packaging Law Seminar taking place in Tokyo, Japan on November 14-15, 2017. This comprehensive course is designed for regulatory, scientific, and legal professionals to keep up-to-date on the latest food packaging law developments throughout the world.

Click here to register for the seminar.

Keller and Heckman Partner Evangelia C Pelonis will speak at the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) Introduction to U.S. Food Law and Regulation Seminar. The title of her presentation is, “Food Labeling: General Requirements (Including Meat and Poultry).” For more information or to register, please click here.

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) has published a 332-page baseline study on food-contact materials that are not specifically regulated at the European Union (EU) level, titled, “Non-harmonised food contact materials in the EU: regulatory and market situation.”

The Trump administration issued a directive to manage the Federal regulatory process in the weeks immediately following the inauguration to ensure that presidential appointees or designees have the opportunity to review any new or pending regulations.

The Obama Administration announced in early January the publication of the final version of the 2017 Update to the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (Coordinated Framework). (A White House blog post unveiling the final version can be found here.)  The update began in 2015 when the Executive Office of the President (EOP) issued a memorandum directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S.