OFW Law attorneys and Senior Policy Advisors are uniquely positioned to assist meat, poultry and egg product establishments in food safety and labeling matters before the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Our experience and expertise allows us to work with our clients to ensure that they have the food safety systems, sanitation controls, humane handling practices, labeling procedures and other programs in place to meet FSIS requirements. We also work with the agency to ensure that FSIS regulations and policies are written and implemented in a manner that allows establishments maximum flexibility in meeting food safety and other regulatory objectives. Should FSIS determine that an establishment does not meet regulatory requirements and takes an enforcement action, we can quickly assist our clients so that they can either appeal the action or can achieve compliance in a timely manner. This is particularly critical in situations where FSIS has taken a regulatory control action to prohibit the distribution of product, or worse, suspend inspection at a plant, where the plant is closed until it can proffer corrective/preventive actions that are accepted by the agency. We also assist clients with respect to recalls, labeling issues, new ingredient or technology approvals, import-export requirements, compliance and criminal investigations, among other issues.
The most distinguishing attribute of our USDA Food Safety and Labeling practice group is our technical expertise and in-plant experience. All of our attorneys/Senior Policy Advisors have received training on HACCP and other food safety principles and several are certified HACCP trainers. They have also spent considerable time in slaughtering and processing plants and include a veterinarian and former Administrator of FSIS and an individual that held various food safety, sanitation, and quality assurance management positions at both FSIS and FDA regulated food establishments prior to becoming an attorney. This vast experience gives us the unique ability to visit FSIS inspected establishments to identify gaps in food safety, sanitation, animal handling, and labeling programs, and recommend improvements. It also allows us to provide a more in-depth analysis in due diligence evaluations of FSIS-regulated companies.
The USDA Food Safety and Labeling practice group also works closely with our Food and Cosmetics practice group on food safety matters involving FDA-regulated products. Given our experience in HACCP implementation at FSIS inspected establishments, we will work hand-in-hand with our Food and Cosmetic practice group to ensure clients fully meet all requirements of the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act and implementing regulations.
For more information about our services, contact OFW Law’s Washington D.C. offices by telephone at (202) 789-1212 or complete our online contact form. We look forward to working with you.