Melvin S. Drozen: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Melvin S. Drozen

Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Biotechnology
  • Food & Drug
  • Fuels
  • Government Relations
  • International Regulatory Affairs
University Georgetown University, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolBrooklyn Law School, J.D., 1975
Admitted1976, New York; 1979, District of Columbia

Melvin S. Drozen joined Keller and Heckman in 1987.

Mr. Drozen advises clients on a broad spectrum of FDA, FTC, USDA and EPA (pesticides) regulatory matters, ranging from premarket approval requirements for food additives, dietary supplement ingredients, drugs, and medical devices to advertising and labeling provisions applicable to all of these products. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., and then an attorney in the General Counsel's Office of the Food and Drug Administration for seven years. At the FDA, he represented the agency in a variety of food and drug litigation and provided agency personnel with counsel on food, drugs, and veterinary product matters.

Mr. Drozen's practice also extends to the international regulation and requirements for food and drugs and he has interfaced with relevant regulators in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia on these subjects. As part of his practice, Mr. Drozen also frequently counsels clients on topics being considered by the various committees of the Codex Alimentarius Commission and the International Conference on Harmonization.

With his partners, Mr. Drozen regularly teaches a seminar on Practical Food Law. He also frequently lectures on a variety of other food and drug topics including food and drug safety and good manufacturing practices. Mr. Drozen is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 practicing FDA Law.


Jun 16, 2015 FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS

May 21, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - April 2015

May 13, 2015 Food Court Report: Consumers Can Challenge Certified Organic Products They Believe Contain Improper Ingredients

Mar 30, 2015 FDA Announces Plan to Streamline Animal Food Regulation

Mar 23, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - February 2015

Feb 20, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - January 2015

Feb 06, 2015 Food Regulatory Update - December 2014


Oct 20, 2015 FSMA Fundamentals: A Guide to the Final Rules Implementing HARPC Provisions for Human and Animal Food Webinar

May 28, 2014 Mel Drozen and Alissa Jijon to Present at the American Peanut Shellers Associations Supply Chain Educational Program

Apr 27, 2014 Mel Drozen to Speak at the IMR International's Annual Food Hydrocolloid Conference

Apr 01, 2014 Practical Food Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - April 1-3, 2014

Mar 07, 2013 Registration is Closed - An Ingredient Supplier's Guide to FSMA's Preventive Controls for Human Food Webinar

Mar 19, 2012 Registration is closed - March 19-22, 2012- Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California

Mar 21, 2011 Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California


Aug 20, 2015 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2016

Aug 20, 2014 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015

Aug 15, 2013 Keller and Heckman LLP has Four Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014

Jul 29, 2013 Melvin Drozen Was Quoted in Law360 Article on a Recent FDA Proposal That Would Set Importers and Suppliers Against Each Other

May 17, 2013 Mel Drozen to Speak at the Synthetic Amorphous Silica and Silicate Industry (SASSI) Annual Meeting

Jun 12, 2012 Partner Mel Drozen to Join Legal Panel at ABA's 2nd Food & Supplements Annual Workshop

Oct 26, 2011 FDA Releases Guidance Document on Administrative Detention Under FSMA


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FDA Seeks Comments on the Meaning of "Natural"
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis, November 20, 2015
As food industry stakeholders are well aware, the use of the term “natural” in food labeling and advertising is fraught with ambiguity and risk of challenge. FDA’s informal policy is that “natural” means nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives...

FDA Extends Compliance Date for Menu Labeling Rule to December 1, 2016
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis, July 15, 2015
On December 1, 2014, FDA published a final rule to implement the menu labeling provisions added to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act) by the Affordable Care Act.[1] Under the new requirements, restaurants or similar retail food establishments (in chains of 20 or more locations...

FDA Announces Final Determination that Partially Hydrogenated Oils are Not GRAS
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, June 24, 2015
On June 16, 2015, FDA announced its final determination that there is no longer a consensus among qualified experts that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for any use in human food.[1] In effect, PHOs will now be regulated as food additives,...

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Melvin S. Drozen

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


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