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Joseph Levitt is a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); he served as Director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) for six years, from February 1998 through December 2003. Joe counsels numerous food companies and trade associations in food safety, labeling and compliance matters and how to work effectively with the FDA. He is a recognized expert in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including all phases of its development and implementation.
While serving as FDA/CFSAN Director, Joe led successful efforts to modernize food safety regulation and enhance the security of the U.S. food supply. He also initiated a revitalization of FDA's nutrition program. During his earlier FDA tenure, while in the Office of the Commissioner, Joe helped streamline the new drug review process and launch the agency's food labeling initiative. Additionally, he served as Deputy Director for Regulations and Policy at the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. He began his FDA career in the Office of Chief Counsel.
Joe has received a Top Tier ranking from Chambers for Food and Beverage lawyers. While at FDA, he received numerous honors and awards, including three Presidential Executive Rank Awards. More recently, Joe received the FDA Distinguished Alumni Award. Joe received his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1975 and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 1978.
"FSMA: What you MUST Know About the FSMA Proposed Rules in 2014: A Survival Guide," GMA Science Forum
Hogan Lovells Publications
02 June 2006
"Abigail Alliance: Creating a New Constitutional Right of Access to Experimental Drugs." Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
25 February 2005
"FDA Drug Safety Reforms Take Shape." Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology Update, Hogan & Hartson LLP
04 April 2013
"FDA's Changing Culture: What Every Food Company Needs to Know." Food Safety Magazine
"Trends From 2011 FDA Warning Letters on Adulterated Food." Update, Food and Drug Law Institute
21 December 2012
"Interview: How to Implement Safe Measures for Food and Consumer Products." Inside Counsel, Summit Business Media
"New Food Safety Law to Strengthen Allergen Control Programs." Food Allergy News
"Time to Get Ready for FSMA." Dairy Foods
03 February 2012
"The Food Safety Modernization Act: The Road to Passage." A Comprehensive, Practical Guide To The Landmark Legislation, The Food and Drug Law Institute, with S. Pape
02 February 2012
"FSMA Accountability in a Nutshell." A Comprehensive, Practical Guide To The Landmark Legislation, The Food and Drug Law Institute
"FDA's Food Ingredient Approval Process, Safety Assurance Based on Scientific Assessment." Regulatory Toxicology, El Sevier
"Keeping America’s Food Supply Safe." A Century of Consumer Protection, Food and Drug Law Institute
01 August 2005
"Condition of Approval Studies: FDA Takes a New Look." Regulatory Affairs Focus
01 July 2005
"New Labeling Requirements for Food Allergens and Trans Fat." Food Safety Magazine, The Target Group
01 March 2004
"FDA's Plate Remains Full." Legal Times, American Lawyer Media