American Bar Association
Section of Science & Technology Law: Food, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals

Section of Science & Technology Law:
Food, Cosmetics and Nutraceuticals

About the Committee

The mission of this Committee is to keep its members educated and informed on legal issues relating to the burgeoning industries of foods, dietary supplements, nutraceuticals, medical foods, and cosmetics. Nutraceuticals is a marketing term, not a regulatory one, and includes food and supplement products that claim to provide health benefits beyond their basic nutritional value. Medical food is a distinct category of food products that are administered under the supervision of a physician, and which are intended for the specific dietary management of a disease or condition. The FDA and federal laws regulate the food, dietary supplement, and medical food categories quite differently, posing traps for unwary clients and their lawyers. Cosmetics fall under a different regulatory scheme, with "cosmeceuticals," yet another marketing derived category, inhabiting the murky regulatory line between cosmetics and drugs. Beyond FDA, relevant considerations include FTC's substantiation rules, the Lanham Act, state laws, and potential class actions.

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McDonough, Madeleine


Henry, Laurie
Weaver, Kurt

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Life Sciences Legal Summit

February 27, 2014
San Francisco, CA

- Features preeminent attorneys, industry figures, leading trial and appellate lawyers, and in-house counsel from companies including: Pfizer, Genentech, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, and BioMarin Pharmaceutical

-Learn from federal and state courts judges as they give their thoughts and insights on the most compelling issues in mass tort litigation issues faced by life science companies

-Hear the latest on cutting-edge legal and technical issues relevant to those practicing in pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotechnology arenas

- Network with other attendees and industry professionals at a Joint Networking Reception

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Food Import Management

Details TBA.

Food & Supplements Fourth Annual Workshop

June 5, 2014
Cargill, Inc.| Minneapolis, MN

Please mark your calendars (and tell your colleagues to mark their calendars) for this year's ABA Annual Food & Supplements Workshop on June 5 at Cargill's corporate headquarters outside of Minneapolis. Shirley Boyd of Cargill, Scott Elder of Alston & Bird and I are co-chairing the workshop, and we're pleased to joined by a great group of speakers, including experienced practitioners, FDA representatives, and in-house industry lawyers. Topics include:
- Emerging Issues: Surveying the Regulatory and Litigation Horizon
- Ethical Issues Arising from Governmental Investigations of Food Companies
- FSMA New Developments
- Consumer Fraud Class Actions - Litigation and Settlement Strategies
- Anatomy of a Recall
- Litigation Risks: How In-House and Outside Counsel Can Work Together to Identify and Preemptively Address Potential Lawsuits

Registration will open soon, and we're looking forward to another great conference!

If your firm is interested in sponsoring this Workshop, please let me know. The deadline is March 21st or as soon as the slots fill up. Sponsorship levels are:
- Breakfast - $400
- Break - $300
- Lunch - $600
- Reception - $900
Sponsors are recognized in the conference brochure, which is widely viewed through the ABA website and list serves, and through signage at the event sponsored. It's great exposure (and a great value) for your firm! All sponsors are subject to ABA approval.

Hope to see you in June!

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