John S. Eldred: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

John S. Eldred

Senior Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Food & Drug
  • Government Relations
  • International Regulatory Affairs
  • Trade and Professional Associations
University Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1966
Law SchoolUniversity of Kentucky, J.D., 1969
Admitted1969, Kentucky; 1975, District of Columbia


•Editorial Advisory Board of World Food Regulation Review
China Food Additives Association
International Life Sciences Institute Focal Point in China
American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai
past member of the Food and Drug Law Journal editorial board.


John S. Eldred joined Keller and Heckman in 1978. Mr. Eldred founded Keller and Heckman's Shanghai office in 2004, and remained as the head of the Shanghai office until 2013. Having begun his career as a trial attorney in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of General Counsel, Mr. Eldred has spent more than twenty-five years advising clients with respect to the regulation in the United States of foods and food packaging, drugs, dietary supplements, medical devices, cosmetics, pesticides, consumer products, toys, and industrial and specialty chemicals. The expansion of Mr. Eldred's practice to Asia includes giving advice regarding the local legal status of ingredients in products and packaging, the necessity for and means of obtaining pre-market clearance, the regulation of labeling, nutrition and health claims, advertising, hygiene and inspection requirements, import/export certifications, and the regulation of industrial and fine chemicals. Mr. Eldred also advises and represents food industry clients and chemical manufacturers with respect to the requirements of international government bodies such as the European Union, its Member States, and United Nations groups such as the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

Mr. Eldred is a frequent contributor to trade publications including International Food and Beverage Ingredients News for China and International Food Processing and Packaging News for China. Mr. Eldred is a frequent speaker on food and drug law and chemical regulation, to audiences of U.S., European, and Chinese industry associations and companies.


Oct 11, 2011 China is Seeking Comments on the Draft Standard on the Labeling of Food Additives

Jun 30, 2011 China New Food Safety National Standards - Standards for Use of Food Additives (GB 2760-2011)

Apr 19, 2011 State Council of China Announces Revised Regulation on Control Over Safety of Dangerous Chemicals

Apr 18, 2011 Product Safety Alert: CPSC Public Database Now Live

Apr 14, 2011 Packaging Law Alert: China Publishes Procedure for Clearing New Food-Contact Substances

Sep 30, 2010 Hundreds of Food Additives Will be Revised in Korea

Sep 20, 2010 Environmental Business Alert: End-of-Year Deadline to Nominate Existing Chemicals for Taiwan Inventory Nears


Oct 13, 2009 Register Today for The REACH Around the World Webinar

Jun 23, 2009 Keller and Heckman attorneys and scientists to speak at Pira's Global Food Contact Legislation 2009 Conference

Nov 20, 2008 Crisis of Confidence in Chinese Food Ingredients and Exports

Jul 08, 2008 3rd China Food Safety Technology Forum

Jan 12, 2008 Crisis of Confidence in Chinese Food Exports

Sep 12, 2007 Crisis of Confidence in Chinese Food Exports: Its Cause, Effects, and a Practical Solution to Providing Customer Assurance


Jun 13, 2011 Partners John Eldred and Mel Drozen to Attend the US-China Food and Drug Law: Ensuring Quality, Improving Safety, Expanding Access Conference

May 23, 2011 Partner John Eldred to Speak at 5th Bioplastics Markets Seminar

Feb 08, 2011 Keller and Heckman Attorneys Author Article on Food Packaging Regulations in China for FCN

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John S. Eldred

Suite 500 West, 1001 G Street, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20001


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