George G. Misko: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

George G. Misko

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Environmental
  • Food & Drug
  • Pesticides
  • Trade and Professional Associations
University Catholic University of America, B.A., magna cum laude, 1977
Law SchoolCatholic University of America, J.D., 1980
Admitted1980, District of Columbia; 1982, Maryland

George Misko joined Keller and Heckman in 1989. He is one of the Firm's Food and Drug Practice Group leaders. Mr. Misko's practice focuses on food and drug matters and environmental concerns, including pesticide regulation, right-to-know laws, and toxic substance control regulations. He has extensive experience counseling clients on regulatory requirements relating to chemical substances, plastics and food products in the U.S. and other jurisdictions, including Canada, the European Union, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. He also represents trade associations, including acting as legal counsel to the Global Silicones Council.

Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Misko was Senior Regulatory Counsel for the Chemical Specialty Manufacturers Association (now known as the Consumer Specialty Products Association), where he provided counsel on a broad range of environmental and health and safety issues. Mr. Misko also is an experienced civil trial and appellate litigator, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas S. Nunzio, Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Mr. Misko is a frequent contributor to trade publications, including Food Safety magazine, Food Chemical News, and Flexible Packaging magazine. He has also spoken at numerous conferences on food packaging regulations, and acts as the firm's editor for


Feb 27, 2014 Make Sure Alternative Wine Packaging Complies with Federal Requirements

Oct 24, 2013 George Misko Authors Article on Recycled Food Packaging Materials in Food Safety Magazine

Mar 22, 2012 George Misko and Cynthia Lieberman Co-Author Article in FDLI's Update Magazine

Mar 04, 2011 Keller and Heckman Attorneys Provide Update on Nanomaterial Regulations in FCN Article

Feb 01, 2010 Partner George Misko Quoted in FCN Article on BPA


Oct 03, 2007 8th Annual Food Packaging Law Seminar
Oct 23, 2007 A Practical Primer on Pesticides
Oct 21, 2008 Global Food Packaging Law Seminar - Washington, D.C.
Jun 23, 2009 Keller and Heckman attorneys and scientists to speak at Pira's Global Food Contact Legislation 2009 Conference
Mar 21, 2011 2011 Globalchem Conference and Expo
Mar 14, 2012 Registration is Closed : 14-15 March 2012 - Keller and Heckman LLP's Food Packaging Law Seminar, Brussels, Belgium
Mar 05, 2012 2012 GlobalChem Conference and Expo
May 06, 2014 TSCA & FDA Seminar - Indianapolis, IN
May 13, 2014 George Misko to Present at 2014 Global Food Contact Conference
Nov 05, 2014 George Misko to Speak at 2014 Flex Pack Tech Tour


Jul 15, 2014 New Vermont GMO Labeling Law Fuels Debate
Jun 05, 2014 The Regulation of Antimicrobials in Food Packaging
Jun 04, 2014 California Proposes More Detailed Prop 65 Warnings
May 09, 2014 Proposed Nutrition Facts Label Changes Reflect New Scientific Understandings
May 01, 2014 FDA Package Design Cues: Beverage...Or Dietary Supplement
Feb 27, 2014 Make Sure Alternative Wine Packaging Complies with Federal Requirements
Oct 01, 2013 SPECIAL FOOD PACKAGING ALERT: Government Shutdown Now in Effect
Jul 18, 2013 George Misko Authors Article on BPA and California's Prop 65 for Food Chemical News
Jul 18, 2013 George Misko Authors Article on the Regulation of Printing Inks on Food Packages in the EU
Jun 20, 2013 Prop 65 Warnings for Benzophenone to be Required Beginning June 22, 2013
Apr 05, 2013 Partner George Misko Authors Article in the April/May Issue of Food Safety Magazine
Oct 19, 2012 Partner George Misko Authors Article on Attaining Clearances for Food-Packaging Materials
Jun 07, 2012 Now on Japanese Food Packaging Regulations Update; Commentary on Proposed FCN User Fees in U.S.
Apr 14, 2011 Packaging Law Alert: China Publishes Procedure for Clearing New Food-Contact Substances
Jul 01, 2009 China publishes list of new additives authorized for use in food packaging
Apr 01, 2009 Responsibility in the 21st Century
Feb 01, 2009 What to Expect with Food Safety in the Obama Administration
Oct 01, 2008 Canada's Rush to Judgement on BPA is too Rash
Mar 13, 2008 China Agrees to Work With U.S. to Improve Safety of Food Imports
Feb 23, 2008 Time To Get the Lead Out
Jan 22, 2008 Going Green with Packaging
Dec 20, 2007 European Commission to Extend Deadline for Closing Plastic Additives List
Sep 01, 2007 GMPs for Dietary Supplements Address Packaging Quality
Jun 01, 2007 FDA Eases the Way for Food Irradiation and Labeling
May 01, 2007 Warning: Delays Imminent For Clearance Of Food Packaging Materials
Mar 01, 2007 Better Check The EU List Before Selling Food In Plastic Packaging
Feb 01, 2007 Capitol Activities Signal Changes at the FDA
Jan 11, 2007 Europe's New Chemicals Legislation -- REACH -- To Take Effect June 1
Jan 01, 2007 The FDA Requires Adverse Event Reporting For Dietary Supplements And OTC Drugs
Dec 01, 2006 European Union May Impose User Fees For Review Of Packaging Materials
Oct 01, 2006 Nano, Nano: The Next Regulatory Wave?
Sep 01, 2006 Updated Guidance Helps Food Packagers Determine Suitability Of Recycled Plastics
Aug 01, 2006 Court Rules: Federal Law Preempts Prop 65 For Tuna Labeling
Jun 09, 2006 House Approves Funding for FCN Program, FDA Continues to Accept and Review FCNs
Jun 01, 2006 FDA Gives 18-Month Reprieve On Allergen Labeling For Soy Lecithin
May 08, 2006 California Adopts New Rule on Methods of Detection as a Defense in Prop. 65 Enforcement Actions
Feb 01, 2006 Food-Contact Packaging Materials May Force Products to Need Allergen Labeling
Jan 09, 2006 New Food Allergen Labeling Law Raises Questions for Packaging Suppliers
Jan 01, 2006 EU Deadline Approaches For Listing And Allowed Use of Plastics Additives
Dec 01, 2005 Is FDA Rudderless in Today's Turbulent Seas?
Oct 01, 2005 USDA Takes Heat on Wooden Pallet Rule
Sep 01, 2005 Getting Tough on Heavy Metals in Packaging
Aug 10, 2005 Pesticide Alert August 2005
Aug 01, 2005 Prop 65 Targets Snack Foods and Baked Goods
Jun 01, 2005 USDA Challenges Prop 65 Warning Labels on Meat and Poultry
Apr 01, 2005 Cosmetic Companies May See More FDA Oversight on Labeling
Mar 01, 2005 Europe Changes Regulations for Food Packaging Materials
Feb 01, 2005 FDA Issues Final Recordkeeping Rule of the Bioterrorism Act
Oct 01, 2004 Changes to Plastic Container Recycling Rates Shift Burden to Users
Sep 01, 2004 FDA Requires Better Labeling for Food Allergens
Aug 01, 2004 FDA Outlines Food Detention Procedures of Bioterrorism Act
Jun 01, 2004 Directive Simplifies Food-Contact Recycled Plastics Laws in Europe
May 04, 2004 Court Strikes Down Prop 65 Warning for OTC Drug
Apr 01, 2004 FDA Suggests Labeling Changes to Attack the Obesity Issue
Mar 01, 2004 Canada's Recycling Programs Make Producers Pay
Jan 01, 2004 Labeling Alcoholic Beverages: Just Give 'em the Facts
Jan 01, 2004 Paper and Paperboard: The Basics of Food Additive Regulations
Dec 01, 2003 FDA Excludes Food Packaging Materials from Bioterrorism Regs
Oct 01, 2003 FDA Requires Trans Fatty Acid Labeling for Foods and Dietary Supplements
Sep 26, 2003 Recent Developments in the Regulation of Irradiated Packaged Food
Sep 01, 2003 FDA Details New Process of Making Qualified Health Claims
Jul 01, 2003 FDA Advances Bioterrorism Proposals for Food Packaging
Jun 01, 2003 FDA Cuts Deadwood Proposals, but Keeps the Roots
May 01, 2003 Irradiation for Packaged Foods: a 'Hot Issue' Again
Apr 01, 2003 Proposed Bioterrorism Regs to Cover Packaging Materials for Foods, Supplements
Mar 01, 2003 FDA Will Allow More Health Claims on Food Labels
Jan 01, 2003 FDA on Irradiation Labeling; Anti-Tampering Laws; and Plastics in the Microwave
Dec 02, 2002 FDA's New Commissioner Will Focus on Food and Drug Packaging Issues
Oct 01, 2002 Proposition 65 Looks To Net Food Products
Sep 01, 2002 'Global' Review of Drug Master Files Hits Packaging Manufacturers
Aug 01, 2002 Proposed Amendments Foretell Big Changes to European Packaging Regulations
Jul 01, 2002 FDA Issues Final Rule for Food Contact Notification Program
Jun 01, 2002 Europe Considers Special Regulation of Active and Intelligent Food Packaging
Apr 01, 2002 Who Has the Final Say in Switching Resin Suppliers?
Mar 01, 2002 Oral Rx Drugs Going O-T-C Need C-R Packaging
Feb 01, 2002 The Reformed Proposition 65: Remedy or Risk?
Feb 01, 2002 USDA Implements New Standards For Organic Foods
Jan 01, 2002 Product Claims on Websites Must Heed 'Labeling' Laws
Dec 01, 2001 CPSC Rules Protect Kids from Hydrocarbon-Based Products
Nov 01, 2001 Regulatory Agencies Act to Prevent Bioterrorism
Oct 01, 2001 Adhesives for Multilayer Films: A GMP Refresher
Sep 01, 2001 Europe Cracks Down On Wooden Packaging Materials: Wood Pallets And Crates Must Be Heat Or Chemically Treated Before Being Shipped To Europe
Aug 01, 2001 USDA Declares: Processing Aids Used by Organic Food Producers Must be on the National List
Jul 26, 2001 While Looking For A Commissioner, FDA Makes Organizational Changes And Reviews Regulations
Jun 01, 2001 Court Gives FDA Greater Latitude In Declaring Dietary Supplements 'Unapproved Drugs'
May 01, 2001 New Proposal Recommends A Single Food Safety Authority In The European Union
May 01, 2001 FDA Issues Compliance Policy Guide For Food Allergen Labeling
May 01, 2001 FDA Cautions Industry Against Mislabeling Foods That Contain Novel Ingredients
Apr 01, 2001 Congress Overturns OSHA's Costly Ergonomics Program Standard
Apr 01, 2001 New Web Site Explains Today's Packaging Laws
Mar 01, 2001 FDA Asks For Voluntary Labeling Of Biotech Foods
Mar 01, 2001 Biotech Foods Must Now Get FDA Clearance Before Going To Market
Feb 01, 2001 OSHA's Final Ergonomics Rule Sets An Ambiguous Standard
Jan 01, 2001 European Commission Considers Full Ingredient Labeling
Jan 01, 2001 EU Still Might Ban Cosmetics Tested On Animals
Dec 01, 2000 Irradiation's Popularity Grows. Will Packaging Keep Up?
Nov 01, 2000 GAO Report Says Food Irradiation Benefits Outweigh Risks
Oct 01, 2000 USDA Proposes Voluntary User-Fee Program To Certify Meat And Poultry Equipment
Sep 01, 2000 Juice Industry Debates Use Of Fresh On Labels
Aug 01, 2000 CPSC Wants Child-Resistant Packaging For All New Over-The-Counter Drugs
Jun 01, 2000 Proposed Precautionary Principle Poses Potent Problems
Mar 10, 2000 Debate Over Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs): Mandatory Labeling For Biotech Foods May Develop, Despite FDA's Position
Jan 01, 2000 FDA Proposes New Labeling Of Foods For Trans Fat
Dec 01, 1999 FDA Requires Tamper-Evident Packaging for O-T-C Drugs
Oct 10, 1997 EPA Steps Up Its Offensive Regarding Antimicrobials in Plastic Articles in Concert with a Heightened Focus on Consumer Products
Oct 10, 1997 Recent Environmental Protection Agency Activities Send a Clear Message: Proceed with Caution in Making Claim for Articles Treated with Pesticides


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SPECIAL FOOD PACKAGING ALERT: Government Shutdown Now in Effect
George G. Misko, October 2, 2013
The federal government began to “shutdown” this morning as a result of Congress’s failure to reach agreement on funding federal agencies.

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