Supplemental Proposals

FEMA, in collaboration with the American Spice Trade Association (ASTA), presented Supplemental Proposals, a FSMA webinar on November 20, 2014.  Click here to access the order form.  


FEMA Member Price:  $155.00
Non-Member Price:  $355.00


Presenters included food safety experts Joe Levitt and Elizabeth Fawell of Hogan Lovells.

Speaker Information

Joseph A. Levitt, Hogan Lovells

Joseph Levitt is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). He focuses on the development and implementation of legislative and regulatory policy regarding the manufacture and marketing of food, drugs, and medical devices and how to work effectively with the FDA and related agencies. Joe also brings indepth knowledge to a wide range of matters, including food and drug safety, biotechnology, labeling, advertising, and bioterrorism.

For six years, from February 1998 through December 2003, Joe served as Director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), where he led successful efforts to modernize food safety regulation and enhance the security of the U.S. food supply. He also initiated a revitalization of FDA's nutrition program. During his FDA tenure, Joe also helped streamline the new drug review process and launch the agency's food labeling initiative. Additionally, he served as Deputy Director for Regulations and Policy at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He began his FDA career in the Office of Chief Counsel.

Since joining Hogan & Hartson in January 2004, Joe counsels numerous food, drug and device companies and trade associations regarding compliance with federal laws and regulations. Joe has been directly engaged in all phases of the Food Safety Modernization Act, from development through implementation.

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.