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    Arent Fox Expands Food Safety Counseling with Addition of Former USDA Official

    March 8, 2017

    Washington, DC – Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Senior Director of Regulatory Policy Brian Ronholm to the firm’s nationally recognized Food, Drug, Medical Device & Agriculture practice. Mr. Ronholm joins Arent Fox from the US Department of Agriculture where he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety. He will provide clients with strategic advice on ways to navigate regulatory challenges in the food and agriculture space.

    “Brian is a significant addition and rounds out our food industry practice,” said FDA practice leader James R. Ravitz. “As a former senior agency official, he is in a unique position to advise food industry clients and he solidifies our ability to provide comprehensive counseling on food safety matters before the FDA and USDA.”

    Mr. Ronholm arrives four weeks after the FDA practice announced the addition of former FDA officials counsel Brian J. Malkin and senior attorney Paul S. Gadiock. During his time at USDA, Mr. Ronholm developed strategic frameworks and engaged in outreach activities to advance FSIS policies and initiatives impacting the meat, poultry, and processed egg industries. In addition Mr. Ronholm chaired the US Codex Policy Steering Committee, an interagency partnership that engages stakeholders in the advancement of science-based international food safety standards to facilitate fair trade. He also served as the head of US delegation for Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings and chaired the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods.

    Prior to his appointment, Mr. Ronholm worked for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) where he managed issues related to the House Agriculture-FDA Appropriations Subcommittee. He also developed and implemented legislative and communication strategies for policy issues related food safety, nutrition, anti-hunger, medical product safety, and consumer protection.

    Arent Fox has one of the premier Food, Drug, Medical Device & Agriculture regulatory teams in the US. The group offers a full range of regulatory, transaction, and litigation services for manufacturers, distributors, and retailers of food, dietary supplements, pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, cosmetics, personal care products, and chemical products.