Melvin S. Drozen: Lawyer with Keller and Heckman LLP

Melvin S. Drozen

Partner
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.
Phone202.434.4222

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Practice Areas

  • 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
 
Biography

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 PreeminentTM Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

News

Feb 04, 2010 Partner Melvin Drozen to Speak at 2010 Global Food Safety Conference
Dec 10, 2010 Partner Melvin Drozen Quoted in FCN Article on Food Safety Bill
May 18, 2011 FDA Division of Foreign Field Investigations Hosts Webinar on Foreign Inspection
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
Jun 06, 2011 Partner Mel Drozen and Associate Deborah Attwood to Attend FDA's Public Meeting
Jun 10, 2011 Keller and Heckman Attends FDA Public Meeting on FSMA Inspections and Compliance Provisions
Oct 26, 2011 FDA Releases Guidance Document on Administrative Detention Under FSMA
Jun 12, 2012 Partner Mel Drozen to Join Legal Panel at ABA's 2nd Food & Supplements Annual Workshop
May 17, 2013 Mel Drozen to Speak at the Synthetic Amorphous Silica and Silicate Industry (SASSI) Annual Meeting
Jul 29, 2013 Melvin Drozen Was Quoted in Law360 Article on a Recent FDA Proposal That Would Set Importers and Suppliers Against Each Other
Dec 22, 2008 Keller and Heckman LLP Schedules Annual Practical Food Law Program
Aug 15, 2013 Keller and Heckman LLP has Four Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014
Aug 20, 2014 Keller and Heckman LLP Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2015

Events

Mar 12, 2007 Practical Food Law: The Essentials (March 12-13, 2007) and Labeling, Advertising, and Promotion (March 14-15, 2007)
Oct 16, 2007 Practical Food Law
Mar 10, 2008 Practical Food Law
Mar 16, 2009 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
Mar 19, 2012 Registration is closed - March 19-22, 2012- Keller and Heckman's Annual Practical Food Law Program, San Francisco, California
Mar 07, 2013 Registration is Closed - An Ingredient Supplier's Guide to FSMA's Preventive Controls for Human Food Webinar
Apr 01, 2014 Practical Food Law Seminar - San Francisco, CA - April 1-3, 2014
Apr 27, 2014 Mel Drozen to Speak at the IMR International's Annual Food Hydrocolloid Conference
May 28, 2014 Mel Drozen and Alissa Jijon to Present at the American Peanut Shellers Associations Supply Chain Educational Program

Articles

Jul 07, 2014 Food and Drug Alert: Public Meeting on Proposed Rules to Change Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Sizes
Jul 03, 2014 Advertising and Promotion Alert: Battle of the Experts Not Sufficient to Establish Violation of State Consumer Protection Acts
Jul 01, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - June 2014
Jun 20, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - May 2014
Jun 16, 2014 Compliance with FDA Regulations May Not Protect a Company From the Risk of Liability to Competitors via Unfair Competition Challenges
May 19, 2014 Food Regulatory Update - April 2014
May 16, 2014 FDA Speaks Out on Spent Grains
May 16, 2014 FDA Issues Guidance on Submission of Petitions and Notifications for Exemption from Allergen Labeling
May 01, 2014 Food and Drug Alert
Apr 25, 2014 Food and Drug Alert
Apr 11, 2014 Food and Drug Alert
Mar 26, 2014 FSMA Update: FDA Seeks Input on Reportable Food Registry Requirements
Mar 07, 2014 Food Regulatory Update -- January - February 2014
Feb 27, 2014 FDA Announces Major Revisions to the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels
Jan 23, 2014 Food Regulatory Update -- December 2013
Jan 02, 2014 A Brief History and Overview of Country of Origin Labeling Requirements
Jan 01, 2014 Microbial Products of Biotechnology
Dec 20, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - November 2013
Nov 20, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - October 2013
Nov 08, 2013 FDA Tentatively Determines Trans Fats Not GRAS
Oct 21, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - September 2013
Sep 13, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - August 2013
Aug 15, 2013 FDA Issues Revised Draft Guidance on Medical Foods
Aug 15, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - July 2013
Aug 01, 2013 Overview of FDA's Proposed Rule to Implement FSMA's Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification Bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits and to Issue Certifications
Aug 01, 2013 Overview of FDA's Proposed Rule to Implement FSMA's Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans and Animals
Jul 19, 2013 Failure to Strictly Comply with FDA Regulations May Get You Sued
Jul 15, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - June 2013
Jul 01, 2013 Federal Judge Orders FDA to Issue Overdue Food Safety Rules by November 2013
Jun 20, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - May 2013
Jun 13, 2013 FDA Uses Warning Letters to Expand the Park Doctrine to Include Violations of Contractors
May 13, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - April 2013
Apr 18, 2013 FDA's Strict Criminal Liability Standard has Far-Reaching Consequences
Apr 11, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - March 2013
Mar 29, 2013 FDA Publishes Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Proposed FSMA Rules
Mar 13, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - February 2013
Feb 13, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - January 2013
Jan 17, 2013 FDA Issues Proposed Rules to Implement FSMA Produce Safety Standards and Preventive Controls
Jan 15, 2013 Food Regulatory Update - December 2012
Dec 17, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - November 2012
Dec 14, 2012 FDA Requests Comments on Allergen Thresholds
Nov 27, 2012 FDA Suspends Sunland Inc.'s Food Facility Registration
Nov 12, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - October 2012
Oct 19, 2012 Melvin Drozen and Evangelia Pelonis Publish an Article in Food Chemical News
Oct 16, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - September 2012
Sep 13, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - August 2012
Aug 22, 2012 Mandatory Biotech Labeling in California: The Impact of Prop 37
Aug 10, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - July 2012
Jul 10, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - June 2012
Jul 02, 2012 Registration Renewal for Food Facilities Under the Food Safety Modernization Act
Jun 26, 2012 FDA Responds to Snack Food Association Request for Guidance on FSMA Enforcement
Jun 12, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - May 2012
Jun 05, 2012 FSIS Final Rule on Notice of Adulterated or Misbranded Food
Jun 01, 2012 FDA Denies Alternate Name for High Fructose Corn Syrup
May 14, 2012 National Academies' Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Obesity Prevention
May 14, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - April 2012
May 03, 2012 FDA Issues Two Draft Guidances on Nanotechnology
Apr 13, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - March 2012
Mar 14, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - February 2012
Mar 13, 2012 FDA Publishes Criteria for High Risk Facilities
Feb 17, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - January 2012
Feb 03, 2012 FDA Publishes Report on Transparency Initiatives for Compliance and Enforcement Data
Jan 13, 2012 Food Regulatory Update - December 2011
Dec 12, 2011 Food Regulatory Update - November 2011
Nov 29, 2011 FDA Seeks First Injunction Against Dietary Supplement Companies
Nov 18, 2011 FDA Issues Final Rule on Declaration of Color Additives in Animal Feed and Pet Food
Nov 15, 2011 November 10, 2011 FDA and FSIS Joint Meeting on Approaches to Reducing Sodium Consumption
Nov 15, 2011 Food Regulatory Update - October 2011
Nov 04, 2011 Food Safety Working Group Meeting on FSMA Fees
Oct 25, 2011 Uniform Front-of-Package Symbol Containing Information on Calories, Solid Fats, Sodium, and Added Sugars Recommended for All Foods
Oct 21, 2011 The Seventh Circuit Affirms that Federal Law Barred Non-Identical State Law Food Labeling Requirements
Oct 17, 2011 Food Regulatory Update - September 2011
Oct 06, 2011 FDA Releases Draft of Foods and Veterinary Medicine Program Strategic Plan for 2012-2016
Oct 04, 2011 FDA Continues Efforts to Increase Transparency with Publication of Draft Proposals for Promoting Greater Access to Compliance and Enforcement Data with a Request for Comment
Sep 16, 2011 FDA and FSIS Request Comment on Effective Approaches to Reduce Sodium Consumption in the Diet
Sep 15, 2011 FDA Establishes a Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network (CORE) for Food
Sep 09, 2011 Food Regulatory Update - August 2011
Aug 16, 2011 Food Regulatory Update - July 2011
Aug 03, 2011 FDA Continues FSMA Implementation For User Fees and Suspension of Registration
Aug 02, 2011 June 2011 National Academies Meeting On Sustainable Development of Algal Biofuels Highlights Water Consumption at Commercial Scale
Jul 25, 2011 FSIS Announces New Labeling Scheme for Raw Meat and Poultry Products with Solution Added
Jun 10, 2011 FDA Issues Draft Guidance on Nanotechnology
May 02, 2011 Food Regulatory Update - May 2011
Jan 05, 2011 Client Alert: Employer Compliance Guidance for Whistleblower Provisions Under New Food Safety Modernization Act
Jul 06, 2010 FDA Announces GRAS Notification Pilot Program On Animal Food
Jan 05, 2007 FDA Proposes to Amend the Calcium and Osteoporosis Health Claim
Jan 09, 2006 New Food Allergen Labeling Law Raises Questions for Packaging Suppliers
May 25, 2005 Biotechnology/Nanotechnology Alert
Mar 16, 2005 Practical Food Law: Labeling, Advertising, and Promotion Manual
Mar 14, 2005 Practical Food Law: The Essentials Manual
Jun 09, 2004 FDA's Final Rule on Administrative Detention
Nov 13, 1999 FDA Releases Criteria for Expedited Review of Food Additive Petitions That Are Expected to Enhance Food Safety
Nov 08, 1999 FDA Proposal on Trans Fat Labeling
May 05, 1999 FDA Clarifies Agency Policy on the Adulteration of Food with Foreign Objects
Jan 08, 1999 What Is a Dietary Supplement Anyway?
Jul 15, 1998 FDA Publishes Final Rule on Juice Labeling
Jun 28, 1998 Dioxin Contamination in Europe Prompts FDA, USDA to Detain Imports
Jun 18, 1998 Health and Nutrient Content Claims Guidance Is Issued by FDA
Jan 08, 1998 FTC Releases Long-Awaited Guidance Document on Dietary Supplement Advertising
Nov 25, 1997 Food Labels Can Make Claims Without Specific FDA Authorization Under FDA Reform Legislation
May 20, 1997 FDA Updates Fresh Fruit/Vegetable/Fish Nutrition Labeling Study
May 02, 1997 FDA Proposes to Replace GRAS Affirmation Petition with Notification Procedure
FDA Continues FSMA Implementation For User Fees and Suspension of Registration

 
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Public Meeting on Proposed Rules to Change Nutrition Facts Label and Serving Sizes
Melvin S. Drozen,Alissa D. Jijon,Leslie T. Krasny,Evangelia C. Pelonis,Laura Venker, July 19, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held a public meeting on June 26, 2014 to discuss the proposed rules to revise the Nutrition Facts label and serving sizes. The meeting featured an overview of the proposed rules by FDA, a panel on stakeholder perspectives with representatives from trade...

"Battle of the Experts" Not Sufficient to Establish Violation of State Consumer Protection Acts
Douglas J. Behr,Melvin S. Drozen,Daniel C. Rubenstein, July 11, 2014
In the increasingly litigious area of food labeling claims, manufacturers received a little help in a recent decision from a federal judge in Maryland. Reviewing a consumer’s assertion that the claimed benefit for a dietary supplement had insufficient scientific support, the Court ruled that...

Compliance with FDA Regulations May Not Protect a Company From the Risk of Liability to Competitors via Unfair Competition Challenges
Douglas J. Behr,Alyssia J. Bryant,Melvin S. Drozen,Arthur S. Garrett, June 20, 2014
On June 12, 2014, the Supreme Court unanimously held that one competitor may sue another under the federal Lanham Act for false, misleading, or deceptive advertising and labeling of its food and beverage products even though the labeling may conform with FDA regulations. The Supreme Court took the...



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