ASTA Webinar: What FDA’s Laboratory Accreditation Proposed Rule Means for the Spice Industry

Maile Hermida, Partner at Hogan Lovells and ASTA’s new General Counsel, presented an overview of the FDA’s proposed rule “Laboratory Accreditation for Analysis of Foods.” The presentation included an overview of the proposed requirements and their anticipated impacts on the spice industry. The new proposed rule applies to U.S. food companies and testing laboratories. The proposed rule establishes a new program whereby certain food testing must be performed by laboratories accredited by an FDA-recognized accreditation body. The accredited laboratories would be required to send the results of testing conducted under this rule directly to FDA. One new proposed requirement would allow FDA to issue food testing orders to require a food company to perform food product or environmental testing in response to an identified or suspected food safety problem. Additionally, the proposed rule will have an impact on testing of products at import, including in support of admission and for removal from an import alert. Maile will flag potential concerns and issues within the proposed rule that ASTA and its members may wish to include in its comments. Register today to learn how this proposed rule will impact your company and why you may want to get engaged on filing comments on this proposal.

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About the Speaker:

Maile Hermida, Partner 
Hogan Lovells 

Maile Gradison Hermida practices with Hogan Lovells in the area of food and agriculture law. She represents food companies, including manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and their trade associations. Her clients are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, Department of Agriculture, Federal Trade Commission, and other health and safety regulatory agencies at both the federal and state levels.

Maile 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. She also provides assistance to trade associations and food companies with fashioning comments and developing strategies in response to agency rulemaking and other public policy issues. Her practice is increasingly focused on counseling companies and trade associations as to the implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Maile also assists clients with responses to Federal Trade Commission, Congressional, and state Attorney General investigations and counsels clients on the development, interpretation, and enforcement of laws and regulations governing food production, processing, and distribution.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Charles F. Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Maile graduated with high honors from The George Washington University Law School, where she served as executive editor of The George Washington Law Review.