Megan serves as co-lead of the firm's Food Safety & Labeling team, focusing her practice on environmental, biotechnology, food law and related policy issues. She skillfully guides clients through the complex regulatory landscape of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and analogous state agencies.
Megan counsels clients on a broad range of compliance and enforcement issues under the Clean Air Act (CAA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Megan also assists clients engaged in seed, pesticide, and fertilizer research, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and licensing to comply with the Federal Seed Act (FSA) and the Plant Variety Protection Act (PVPA).
In addition, Megan advises food companies on product labeling and packaging compliance and litigation matters, and regularly works with companies on food safety compliance strategies, including assisting with standard operating procedures, current good manufacturing practices, HARPC and HACCP compliance, supply chain management, product recalls and reportable food registry events, and other compliance issues under the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act, and Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act. Megan is a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) and has completed the FSPCA PCQI training.
Megan also frequently handles the food safety and environmental aspects of transactions. She manages the due diligence process and negotiates terms for contracts, such as purchase and sale agreements and supply chain agreements.
Before joining Husch Blackwell, she was a post-doctoral research associate in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, where she served as a regulatory compliance and risk management consultant for the agricultural industry and contributed to the development of a sustainable production standard for the American National Standards Institute. While there, she researched agricultural policy, the regulatory and liability implications of biotechnology, and biofuel feedstock production.
Food Safety & Labeling