FEMA, in collaboration with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA), presented Sanitary Transportation and Intentional Adulteration, a FSMA webinar on August 17, 2016.  Click here to access the order form.

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This installment of the FEMA/ASTA webinar series focused on sanitary transportation for human and animal food and mitigation strategies to protect against intentional adulteration (food defense).  It provided you an understanding of:

  • which products are covered by the sanitary food transportation rule and which activities may trigger obligations as a shipper, loader, carrier or receiver; and,

  • how your food defense plan needs to change to incorporate the rule’s HACCP-type of approach to food defense that all companies will be required to implement. 

Presenters included food safety experts Elizabeth Fawell and Martin Hahn of Hogan Lovells.

Speaker Information

Elizabeth B. Fawell, Hogan Lovells

Elizabeth Fawell practices in the area of food and agriculture law. She represents food companies, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, as well as restaurants and foodservice operators, and their trade associations. Her clients are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), and other health and safety regulatory agencies at both the federal and state levels.

Elizabeth counsels clients on the development, interpretation, and enforcement of laws and regulations governing food production, processing, distribution, and marketing. She analyzes legislation introduced in Congress and state legislatures, as well regulations proposed by FDA and USDA. Elizabeth provides assistance to trade associations and food companies with preparing comments and developing strategies in response to legislative proposals, agency rulemakings, guidance documents, and other public policy issues. Her practice increasingly involves counseling companies and trade associations regarding implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), having been directly involved in the development of this landmark legislation on behalf of food industry clients. She also advises clients on the development of label claims, website and promotional campaigns for products, as well as the various requirements applicable to the labeling of foods. Elizabeth assists clients in advertising disputes and with responses to Federal Trade Commission, congressional, and state Attorney General investigations.

Elizabeth’s practice also includes advising food and consumer product companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC). She counsels clients on compliance with CPSC safety standards, as well as testing and certification requirements. In addition, Elizabeth assists companies in complying with CPSC reporting requirements.

Prior to joining Hogan & Hartson, Elizabeth was a legislative assistant with the Office of Congresswoman Anne M. Northup. Previously, she was an English teacher with Foshan Yi Zhong Xue. 

Martin Hahn, Hogan Lovells

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Martin Hahn practices in the area of food and agriculture law. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls, or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.

He helps clients anticipate new trends and develop the data that is needed to distinguish their products from others on the market. With his understanding of science and technology in the food industry, Martin provides assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary ingredients. He also assists clients in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance, as well as, tracks and keeps his clients apprised of the latest trends in class action law suits and helps clients anticipate new regulatory initiatives.

Martin grew up on a farm and worked in food processing plants before going to law school. His hands-on experience in the field and degree in food technology allow him to better understand the challenges his clients face in complying with the laws impacting food manufacturing. He understands Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).