IFT Members with Food Labeling Expertise

Food labeling expertise is often needed with considering how to market, promote, and label functional foods.  Listed in alphabetical order, these IFT members responded to an inquiry IFT staff posted our Food and Nutrition, as well as Public Policy and Regulations Member to Member Online Community Discussion Boards.  Each member provided their own contact information and brief bio under 100 words.  The type and cost of the services provided would need to be discussed when you contact a particular member.

Food Law Attorneys

Ricardo Carvajal, JD, MS
Washington, DC

Brief Bio: Ricardo Carvajal is a Director at Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, PC, where he provides FDA and FTC regulatory counseling and litigation support to manufacturers and marketers of foods, including dietary supplements.  He has substantial experience with a wide range of labeling and advertising issues, including those that arise from the use of health, nutrient content, structure/function, and disease claims. From 2009 to 2011, he served as a co-instructor for IFT’s short course on food labeling requirements in the US.  From 2002 to 2007, he served as an Associate Chief Counsel for Foods at FDA.

Nicole Coutrelis
Avenue Marceau, Paris

Brief Bio: Nicole has extensive expertise in European Food Law, including labeling.

Eric F. Greenberg, PC
Chicago, IL 

Brief Bio: Eric is an experienced Food and Drug Law attorney and has been one of the IFT’s Food Labeling Short Course instructors for more than four years.  He and his firm advise food and beverage companies on compliance with FDA law and regulations regarding food labeling content, labeling and advertising claims, and other issues.  He has practiced food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation for more than 28 years, teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member at Chicago-Kent College of Law and Michigan State University, and serves as General Counsel to the Institute of Packaging Professionals and Contract Packaging Association.

Anthony T. Pavel, Jr. (Tony)
Washington, DC  

Brief Bio: Anthony (Tony) Pavel is a Partner in the Food and Drug Practice of K&L Gates LLP.  Mr. Pavel's practice centers on food law; he has a broad range of experience with issues including food packing and labeling, Food Contact Notifications and secondary food additives, food safety compliance, and GRAS self-affirmations and notifications.  He also assists clients with product claims in labeling, advertising, and other promotional material, as well as clinical research and substantiation issues, and regulatory strategies for functional foods and dietary supplements.  Mr. Pavel is the past Chair of the Institute of Food Technologist’s Food Laws and Regulations Division.  

Sarah Roller, JD, RD, MPH
Washington, DC

Brief Bio: Sarah is a partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP and chair of the Food and Drug Law practice.  Her practice focuses on the representation of US and global companies and industry trade organizations engaged in the development, manufacture, import, export, distribution, and marketing of a wide range of food and health products.  Providing integrated counseling services spanning the legal, regulatory, and legislative arenas, Sarah has extensive experience representing her clients in complex legal, policy, and enforcement matters before federal and state agencies.  She has served as an expert in developing IFT’s Food Regulations online course and a labeling webcast. 

Food Regulatory Consultants

Catherine Adams Hutt, PhD, RD
Aubrey, TX

Brief Bio: Dr. Adams Hutt is President and CEO of RdR Solutions Consulting, specializing in regulatory compliance, food safety, nutrition and wellness, and quality.  She is also the Principal for a food regulatory consulting firm, Food Regulatory Solutions (FRS).  Catherine led quality, regulatory, and food safety programs for Fortune 200 companies, including HJ Heinz, Campbell Soup Company, YUM! Brands, and was Chief Quality Officer for McDonald's Corporation and Coors Brewing Company.  She was Assistant Administrator for USDA-FSIS.  Dr. Adams Hutt is a Registered Dietitian and earned a PhD from Illinois, MS from Michigan State, and BS from Penn State.  She is an IFT Fellow and Penn State Fellow.

Linda Auman

Brief Bio: Linda has been a labeling specialist with Schiff Nutrition for 14 years (NLEA and DSHEA).  Prior to that, she worked for American Stores corporate brands department as a quality assurance technologist and one of her responsibilities was to check the labels to make sure they were in compliance with the regulations (NLEA).  Linda has a B.S. is in food science and her specialty is food and dietary supplement labels.  She is currently working on a certificate at MSU in international food laws and regulations, which covers labeling laws in the US and other countries.

Evelyn Cadman
Westminster, CO

Brief Bio: Evelyn Cadman is the owner and Principal Consultant for FDALabels.com and Bioscience Translation & Application, offering technology evaluation, product development, and regulatory affairs services to the food, cosmetic, nutritional supplement, and biotech industries.  She has worked in regulatory affairs and product development for FDA-regulated products since 1997 and was previously at Pharmacologist at Abbott Laboratories.  Evelyn recently authored and edited chapters on dietary supplement, cosmetic and food regulations in Fundamentals of US Regulatory Affairs, 7th Edition, and a chapter on food labeling in Nutritional Genomics: The Impact of Dietary Regulation of Gene Function on Human Disease.

Jim Cook

Brief Bio: Jim has handled label review at various companies since 1987 and currently heads up the label review group at SGS North America, Inc.

Kathleen Crossman
Cincinnati, OH  45216  

Brief Bio: Kathleen has been in regulatory for more than 20 years with a concentration on food and flavor labeling.  She is Head of Givaudan's NOAM regulatory group and has recently been promoted to a global role.  Currently, she chairs FEMA's Flavor Labeling Committee, which monitors and discusses labeling challenges for the industry such as ingredient declarations, allergen labeling, vignettes, and interpretative challenges under 21 cfr 101.22.  She is also familiar with Canadian and other international requirements.

The Food Chain Ltd.
McLeod Hill, New Brunswick CANADA

Brief Bio: Established in 1997, The Food Chain Ltd. offers food consulting services on food labeling, translations, product development, and nutritional analysis.  With a client base of over 200 small to multi-national companies, The Food Chain provides food labeling regulatory expertise for your products going to the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia-New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, China, Fiji, UK, South Africa, Israel, Caribbean countries and Central American countries.  Carol Crouse and her staff bring over 25 years of experience in food labeling, working closely with your graphic design and marketing teams to ensure compliance in formatting and content for your target market.

Carol T. Culhane, PHEc, MBA
Toronto, Ontario  CANADA

Brief Bio: Carol is the President of International Food Focus Ltd. (IFFL), which provides regulatory compliance and market validation services to a diverse group of organizations operating in the global food and allied industries.  The scope of regulatory compliance services includes label audits and reviews, as well as pre-market notifications, for the American, Canadian, and EU jurisdictions.  She regularly presents seminars tailored to the food industry and post-secondary students.  Carol is a Professional Home Economist, with an MBA from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in International Food Law from Michigan State University.

Jim DeGroff
Clinton, NJ

Brief Bio: Jim is the Managing Partner of a supplier of Formulator Nutritional Software, which includes a nutritional and supplement label designer.   He is an expert in developing and creating nutritional and food supplement labels using computer tools for both the US and Canada.

Karen Duester, MS, RD
Del Mar, CA 

Brief Bio: As President of Food Consulting Company, founded in 1993, Karen leads a team of consultants who deliver nutritional analysis, food label development, and regulatory support services to ensure regulatory compliance for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  With well over 1,500 clients worldwide, the company's services are ideal for start-ups, established food manufacturers and distributors, food importers and brokers, and restaurateurs.  Karen is editor of the company’s e-newsletter Food Label News and manager of an active online community of food labelers in the Food Label Community - an open LinkedIn group. 

Sharon K Gerdes
Monument, CO

Brief Bio: Sharon Gerdes has worked for Decernis for more than three years.  Decernis provides a global compliance intelligence framework that includes both content and applications to manage food and consumer product safety compliance worldwide.  Our global coverage of 135 countries and 13 economic communities includes over two hundred and fifty topics and subtopics, such as food standards, food and feed additives, food contact, flavors, colors, packaging, labelling, prohibitions, and restrictions.  Decernis News provides daily monitoring of proposed and final regulatory notifications, scientific options, product recalls, and warning announcements.

Tom Heyhoe
Doncaster East, Victoria AUSTRALIA

Brief Bio: Tom has extensive knowledge of and experience with Australian and New Zealand food standards and other legislation relevant to labeling, market access, and new additive approvals.  His early career was as a food technologist with Unilever and Nestle.  For 20 years, he was an international food industry consultant specializing in regulatory advice, food safety issues, market research, and product/process development.

Jason Kerr

Dr. Cecilia Kühn
Bennekom, Netherlands

Brief Bio: Dr. Martha Cecilia Kuhn is responsible for food labeling services for 4 years at EU Food Comply, which is a food regulatory consultancy in the European Union, and deals with EU food labeling questions.  She deals with all types of EU food law, labeling and regulatory questions, as well as EU food entry documents and requirements.  Her experience with the food industry spans 30 years.  She is a member of the European Food Law Association and the Dutch Association for Food Law; and is affiliated with the European Food Law Institute and the Food Law group at Wageningen University.

Gisela Leon
Fairfax, VA

Brief Bio: Gisela Leon is an experienced label reviewer with knowledge of U.S. FDA, European, and Canadian food regulations; eight years of intense consulting experience in the field of US food, dietary supplement, and cosmetics labeling; more than 20 years of professional experience in the capacity as Quality Management director in an internationally distributed German food manufacturer [Schöller Lebensmittel GmbH & Co KG].  She teaches US labeling requirements for foods, dietary supplements and cosmetics in intense learning seminars.  She has a Master degree in Business Administration and in Food Science, as well as a DGQ-Audit-Specialist Certification. She speaks English, German, and French.

Dr. Manfred Luetzow
Wettingen, Switzerland

Brief Bio: Manfred Lützow acts as director of saqual GmbH, a Swiss company that provides services to the private and public sector comprising advice on food safety related issues, policies, and strategies on food ingredients and animal feed.  For more than 20 years, he has been actively involved in international discussions on food chemicals regulations and other food safety issues at European and international levels (Codex Alimentarius Commission, European Union, EFSA, WTO, WHO, FAO).  He regularly holds training seminars and workshops for experts from developing and developed countries on this and related matters.

Toni Manning
Shelburne Falls, MA  

Brief Bio: For product developers and importers into the USA, TRM Food Consultants provides labeling review for regulatory compliance on FDA regulated products, including claims review and Nutrition Facts Format recommendations.  They work with your designer to develop labels that convey the targeted marketing message and comply with all applicable regulations.  They can also provide nutrition analysis by database for appropriate products.   

Ralph Meer, PhD, RD
Tucson, AZ

Brief Bio: Ralph works on labeling (including nutrition labeling using Genesis) for both FDA and USDA regulated foods.  He received his B.S. degree in Nutrition from Penn State and a M.S. degree in Foods and Nutrition with a minor in Food Science from Oregon State.  He earned a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Arizona.  He is also a Registered Dietitian.  Ralph has worked in healthcare, academia, and the food industry in the areas of clinical nutrition, food safety, and regulatory affairs/labeling.  He has done regulatory affairs/labeling in various capacities for the past 10 years.

Angela Miraglio, MS, RD, FADA
Des Plaines, IL

Brief Bio: Angela Miraglio began her professional career as a clinical dietitian specializing in renal disease, pediatrics and diabetes. She received her BS in Food & Nutrition from Mundelein College and her MS in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Chicago. Her lifetime Fellow of the American Dietetic Association certificate recognizes her advanced knowledge and practice as a nutrition professional with experience in diverse settings. For over 25 years, she has provided labeling services and advice on health and nutrition-related issues to a broad range of companies including both ingredient and retail manufacturers in product development, public relations and marketing initiatives.

Leila G. Saldanha, PhD, RD
Alexandria, VA

Brief Bio: Dr. Leila G Saldanha is Chair of IFT's Washington DC-Section.  She has presented and published on FTC and FDA activities related to claims on foods and dietary supplements.  She is Principal of NutrIQ LLC a firm that provides nutrition-marketing, scientific, and regulatory consulting services related to foods and dietary supplements.  Since 2003, she has served as Scientific Consultant to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health.  Previously, Leila was Vice President, Nutritional Sciences for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.  Leila has held senior managerial roles at the Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan and Sydney, Australia.

Marilyn D. Schorin, PhD, RD, FADA
Louisville, KY

Brief Bio: Dr. Marilyn Schorin leads Schorin Strategies, LLC consulting firm.  Formerly Chief Nutrition and Regulatory Officer at Yum Brands, she has more than 30 years of experience.  She helps clients identify emerging issues in food, health, and nutrition and devise strategic approaches to handle them.  Dr. Schorin received her PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from Columbia University, an MPH in Nutrition from the University of Michigan, and a BS in dietetics from University of California (Berkeley).  She is a Registered Dietitian (RD).  She serves on the Board of Directors of IFT (2010-2013) and is the immediate past president of IFT’s Nutrition Division.   

Ms. Donnell Scott
Manhattan, KS

Brief Bio: Donnell is the Technical Manager Food Labeling for AIB International and has worked in the Food Labeling department for 8 years.  Her major focus is to generate labeling information for food products including nutritional profiles, ingredient listings, allergen disclosures, and label reviews.  In addition, she advised companies on regulatory and compliance issues related to food labeling laws and regulations.  She lectures at AIB’s food labeling seminars.

Edward A. Steele
Alexandria, VA

Brief Bio: Ed Steele is President of EAS Consulting Group, LLC.  With a network of over 100 consultants, most of whom have extensive FDA experience; EAS is a leading provider of regulatory services to the food and other FDA-regulated industries.  EAS’s team of food, dietary supplement, and cosmetic labeling experts provide regulatory label compliance advice to a wide range of clients from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.  Other services include GRAS dossier preparation, Food Contact Notifications, and claims substantiation.  EAS has compliance officials with detailed knowledge of federal/state regulations and compliance procedures.  EAS offers public and in-house seminars on food labeling compliance.

Carol Vandell
Medford, OR

Brief Bio: Carol has been a Product Development/Nutritional Labeling/Food Safety consultant for many years within the food industry.  She is well versed in 21 CFR regulations for nutritional labeling in the U.S.  She can assist food companies with creation of appropriate nutrition facts panel, ingredient statement, allergen statement (as applicable), and package label review. 

Martha Villegas

Brief Bio: Martha worked for more than 25 years as a California Food & Drug Investigator, working on several major labeling cases.  She has been retired for about 7 years but is able to assist with food labeling questions. 

Susan Wiegert, MS, RAC

Brief Bio: Susan have been working with the food industry on nutrition labeling since the early 1990's--first as a consultant with the NutraSweet Company and later as a consultant to several small and medium-size firms. She uses Genesis R&D to calculate the final label using nutrient data on the ingredients supplied by her clients. She also assesses products for healthful qualities and recommends modifications if needed as well as appropriate marketing messages.

Food Regulatory Expertise

Roger Clemens, DrPH

Brief Bio: Dr. Clemens is Chief Scientific Officer of Horn and part-time faculty within the USC Regulatory Science program where he also enjoys an adjunct appointment as Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences within the USC School of Pharmacy.  He served as Scientific Advisor for Nestlé USA for more than 21 years.  Dr. Clemens is president (2011-2012) of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and member of the Board of Directors.  Dr. Clemens was a member of the USDA 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, and is a second-term member of the US Pharmacopeia Food Ingredient Expert Committee. 

Janet E. Collins, PhD, RD
Washington, DC

Brief Bio: Janet is a food scientist and nutritionist, with advocacy and policy development experience relating to food safety assessment, risk analysis, food labeling, and health claims, nutritional contribution of foods and dietary exposure assessment.  She serves as a scientific and regulatory advisor and issue advocate for internal projects in food chemistry and nutrition, and the policy lead for DuPont, and its agricultural business Pioneer Hi-Bred, in global advocacy with international organizations.  In her advocacy roles, Janet is the issue lead for industry coalitions on labeling for foods derived from modern biotechnology, naming for new fats and oils, and nutritional strategy for modified fatty acid oils.  

Christie Gray
Washington, DC

Brief Bio: Christie assists GMA members with questions regarding food labeling and assists them in meeting all of the standards for FDA and USDA regulated foods.  Ms. Gray has been with GMA since 2005.  Ms. Gray received her B.S. in Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise from Virginia Tech and her MS in Food Science and Technology from the University of Georgia.

Carolyn Fisher, PhD
Rockville, MD

Brief Bio: Carolyn Fisher received her BS from Wayne State University (1972) and PhD from Stanford University (1978).  Her career moved from Research (Kalsec, 1978-1991) to Teacher (University of Delaware, 1992-1996) to Book Author (Flavours: Biology & Chemistry).  At McCormick & Co., Carolyn moved from Quality Assurance (1996-2005) to Regulatory (2005-2010) to managing the electronic storage of knowledge (2011).  Currently, Carolyn is a Senior Scientist working on the global regulatory database that the food industry knows as gComply and gComply+ (Decernis, 2012 – present).  Since 2008, Carolyn is an instructor for the IFT food labeling short course.

Michael H. Mansky
New Rochelle, NY

Brief Bio: Michael served as VP of R&D/QA for the Pepperidge Farm division of Campbell Soup from 1996 to 2003.  Prior to that, he was Director of R&D/QA for several business divisions of Kraft Foods.  During the past four years, Michael has acted as a consultant to companies preparing for GFSI (SQF, BRC, ISO 22000) certification and has conducted over 200 food safety audits as an independent auditor for NSF/ Cook & Thurber.  He is a two-time past Chairman of the IFT Subcommittee on New Products and Technologies and has both written and spoken on the challenges of scaling up new products.

Monica Theis

Brief Bio: Monica teaches a course on food law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Food Science. 

Dr. Robert C. Post
Alexandria, VA

Brief Bio: Dr. Robert C. Post directs the development of USDA’s programs to set national nutrition policy, as well as the design and implementation of innovative science-based nutrition promotion programs such as the development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the implementation of the new MyPlate food icon, ChooseMyPlate.gov website, and the multi-modal Dietary Guidelines consumer communications campaign.  Previously, he led USDA’s food labeling policy program and has acquired 30 years of experience in food, nutrition, and agriculture policy, food production and marketing, and health communications.  He is an Adjunct Nutrition & Food Science Professor at the University of Maryland.