- The House of Representatives passed the PFAS Action Act to regulate the use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) on July 21, 2021. The bill’s passing follows FDA’s recently published
Connie Potter advises domestic and foreign clients on U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations relating to food, drugs, dietary supplements, cosmetics, and food contact materials. She counsels clients on food labeling compliance and claims substantiation issues, including ingredient declarations and Country of Origin labeling.
Connie assists food and dietary supplement manufacturers in seeking regulatory approval for their products in the United States and abroad, including in the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. She advises clients on food manufacturing requirements, including those pertaining to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and current Good Manufacturing Practices. Connie’s background in agricultural production, trade, and rural development gives her unique perspectives in the supply chain that are an asset when working with food manufacturers.
Connie began her Keller and Heckman career initially as a summer associate and later as a part-time law clerk, during which time she assisted in drafting Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) and researched state regulations related to marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), and limitations on the use of single-use plastics in the food service industry.
While in law school, Connie served as Executive Editor of the American University Law Review and gained experience at government agencies. In particular, she worked as a legal intern at the USDA Office of the General Counsel where she assisted with rulemaking procedures for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act and wrote memoranda pertaining to the Federal Meat Inspection Act and other statutes. In addition, she was a law clerk at the U.S. Department of Commerce where she assisted with litigation pending before the U.S. Court of International Trade.
- Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Ron Wyden (D-OR) unveiled a lengthy discussion draft titled the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act on July 14. The draft language is
- According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a new statewide poll suggests that over 75% of New York residents support including a warning icon on chain
- FDA released its Cyclospora Prevention, Response, and Research Action Plan on July 1 as part of FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative. The Action Plan is modeled after
- The Access to Nutrition Initiative released their 2021 Breast-Milk Substitutes and Complementary Foods Marketing Index, updating industry on their assessment of major baby food companies’ compliance with the International
- FDA published a report on June 11 that expresses concerns with farm animal operations located nearby fields growing produce. The report focuses on a 2020 Salmonella enteritidis outbreak in peaches
- The Consumer Brands Association, The Safe Food Coalition, and The Association of Food and Drug Officials published a joint letter to Janet Woodcock, FDA’s Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs,
Two recently-filed class actions target Pepperidge Farm butter-flavored crackers and Nestlé vanilla-flavored coffee creamer:
- Pepperidge Farm Butter Crackers (Law360 subscription required): A class of consumers filed suit against Pepperidge Farm,
- Online retailers and other large manufacturers are voicing their opposition to proposed Senate legislation that would require country-of-origin labeling for goods sold online. The Country of Origin Labeling Online Act
- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rand Paul (R-KY) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced S. 1698 on May 19, a bill to allow the use of cannabidiol (CBD) and other hemp