- On May 5, FDA released a report titled “Resiliency Roadmap for FDA Inspectional Oversight,” explaining how FDA adjusted its inspection program during the COVID-19 pandemic and providing details
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.
- On April 29, 2021, the European Commission published a study considering the status of “new genomic techniques” (NGTs) under EU law. The study defined NGTs as techniques for altering genetic
- On April 21, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) posted a request for comments seeking advice from industry on how to improve the flexibility and strength of food supply
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), housed within the U.S. Department of Commerce, has partnered with industry to further its efforts for improved testing methodologies in cannabis as
- On March 18, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) motion for summary judgement and found that USDA did
- On April 1, 2021, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) joined five consumer and health advocacy organizations (the American Heart Association, American Public Health Association, Center for
- As we previously reported, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) filed a citizen petition with FDA in February 2019 requesting that the agency (1) enforce existing “imitation” labeling requirements
- As we reported in 2019, a group of 600 Hawaiian coffee farmers sued a group of coffee sellers, including Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Safeway, Kroger, Cost Plus/World Market, and Bed Bath
- Comments for the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Request for Information (RFI) for labeling of foods made from cultured seafood cells became due on March 8, 2021. FDA posted the
- Dietary supplement manufacturer Confidence USA Inc., located in Port Washington, New York, its president, and its general manager received a permanent injunction on March 4, 2021 from the U.S. District