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Varnum's food law practice includes attorneys experienced in the sophisticated areas of law that apply to food regulation. We help regulated businesses bring their products to market. In particular, we counsel USDA and FDA-regulated businesses in the following areas:

  • Product labeling, advertising and other promotional materials
  • The regulatory scheme affecting or governing such products, including mandatory and voluntary submissions (FDA-required petitions and notifications) and food facility registration, and the “new” FDA reporting requirements (through Reportable Food Registry (RFR))
  • Import and export issues, including detentions by Customs and Border Patrol
  • Recall or market withdrawal issues, including the reportable food registry and related planning, policies and audit procedures
  • Effective crisis management, including misbranding lawsuits, government enforcement actions (including press releases and warning letters), stop-sale orders and recall or market withdrawal situations
  • The business of fooddocumenting and negotiating business relationships and other commercial arrangements, structuring a distribution system and obtaining liability protection throughout the supply and distribution chain

For more information, please contact either your Varnum attorney, or Matt Eugster at 616/336-6821 or

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