Chip English

March 5, 2016
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2017 Clean Label Conference

Previous speaker at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar
Technology Program: Formulating with Proteins


Presentation: Emerging Clean Label Claims: Regulations & Liabilities (Working Title)

Speaker: ‎Chip English, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Chip English concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and regulatory matters for business and trade association clients. He is a seasoned litigator with extensive experience in the food and agriculture industry, including over 15 years of experience in organic farming and processing regulation, and is well-versed in a multitude of agricultural regulatory programs. Chip also focuses on constitutional matters involving the Commerce Clause, federal preemption, commercial speech, and the First Amendment.

Throughout the course of his career, Chip has represented clients before multiple state and federal agencies, including the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, where he has obtained numerous favorable rulings. He has also appeared successfully before the U.S. Supreme Court, in addition to arguing before a number of district and appellate courts.

Practice Highlights:
• Provides legislative and lobbying support at state and federal levels
• Counsels clients in enforcement actions and state and federal investigations
• Represents processor and producer groups in hearings before the USDA
• Represents private parties and trade associations in federal court litigation challenging and defending federal and state regulatory decisions involving the food and beverage industry

Chip has a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia

Contact information:
+1.202.973.4272 DIRECT
1919 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20006-3401

Presentation at the 2017 Clean Label Conference


Presentation at the 2016 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar

The term “clean label” has no regulatory definitions, nor do many of the claims used on “clean labels.” “Clean label” encompasses concepts from transparency, simplicity, and authenticity to natural and sustainable. To communicate their products’ desirable traits to consumers, the food and natural products industry is using similar far-ranging claims. Examples include clean; cage-free; free-range; grass-fed; local; fair trade; non-GMO; sugar-, fat-, gluten-, hormone-, dairy-, preservative-, artificial coloring-, and artificial flavoring- free; “simply from nature”; bare; stripped; unfiltered; and cold-pressed; among others. This presentation provides regulatory updates on existing and emerging clean label-type claims, and offers thoughts and advice on the use of more inventive, creative, and emerging declarations, as well as the business, reputation and litigation risks of doing so.

Title: Update on GMO Labeling: Where do We Stand, Where are We Headed?

GMO labeling issues involve the role of government, science, industry and consumers in determining whether and how our food should be labeled when produced using biotechnology. These interests do not agree on definitions, who decides and even what labeling should or should not be permitted. Add politics, state and federal legislation (mandating, preempting or making any labeling voluntary), and active court cases and uncertainty reigns. With Vermont’s July 1 deadline for compliance with its mandatory GMO labeling law looming, what will or could happen and how do businesses respond? This presentation will provide an up-to-date analysis of where we are and may be going.


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