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Maile Gradison Hermida, Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP to Speak at KC Event

Maile Gradison Hermida, Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP to Speak at KCís Emerging Issues: FDA Food Safety Foreign Suppliers & US Importers Rules Impact and Guidance in 2014 Live Webcast

New York, NY, May 07, 2014 --( The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series, the leading producer of regulatory focused webcasts, has announced today that Maile Gradison Hermida, Associate, Hogan Lovells US LLP will speak at the Knowledge Congress’ webcast entitled: “Emerging Issues: FDA Food Safety Foreign Suppliers & US Importers Rules Impact and Guidance in 2014 Live Webcast”. This event is scheduled for May 16, 2014 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET).

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About Maile Gradison Hermida

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.

About Hogan Lovells US LLP

Players in the food and agriculture sectors address regulatory challenges at every stage of the production cycle, from farm to table. Food production, processing, labeling, distribution, and advertising present issues in which business and regulation intersect. Hogan Lovells helps clients anticipate, shape, and comply with regulations from numerous agencies at the national, state, and local levels. We also assess and implement strategies that ensure compliance while advancing business objectives. Our practice team includes lawyers with high-level experience in government and who have served in senior executive positions within the food industry, including as general counsel to food companies and trade associations. Our experience also extends into science and technology with several of our lawyers having academic degrees and professional backgrounds in these areas.

Event Synopsis:

On July 26, 2013, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued two proposed rules in accordance with Section 301 of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): (1) governing foreign supplier verification and (2) governing third-party audits and certification.

The proposed rules represent a significant change in FDA’s approach and attempt to enhance FDA oversight of all imported human and animal food. Moreover, these rules require most importers to develop and implement a Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) for all food that they import. Lastly, imports that fail to comply with a FSVP may be subject to refusal of admission.

When finalized, the proposed rules will present a significant set of new compliance obligations for all food and beverage importers. Food companies and importers should have a complete understanding of FDA’s current thinking as reflected in this proposed rule to assess its potential impact on their businesses.

The Knowledge Group has assembled a panel of key thought leaders and practitioners to help you understand the complex issues related to the proposed rule and its impact on your firm and the broader market. The speakers will present their expert opinions in a two-hour LIVE Webcast.

About The Knowledge Group, LLC/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series

The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit:
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