Jessica O’Connell

2019 Protein Trends & Technology Seminar
Technical Program: Formulating with Proteins

Previous speaker at: 2017 Protein Trends & Technology Seminar
Pre-conference: Business Strategies


Jessica O'ConnellPresentation: From Cellular Agriculture to Plant-based Milks: Hot Issues in the Protein Arena

Speaker: Jessica P. O’Connell, Senior Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP

Jessica P. O’Connell is Special Counsel in Covington & Burling’s Food and Drug practice group in Washington, DC. She advises companies and trade associations on complying with US regulatory requirements enforced by FDA, USDA, FTC, and state regulators for the manufacture and sale of foods, dietary supplements, cosmetics, OTC drugs, and animal products, and the import and export of all FDA and USDA-regulated products.

Before joining Covington, she was an Associate Chief Counsel in FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel from 2008 to 2014.  While at FDA, Jessica counseled various components of FDA and HHS on legal issues primarily related to foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetics, including the implementation of FSMA and nutrition labeling initiatives, and import-specific issues.  Prior to joining FDA, Jessica was a law clerk for Hon. Nancy B. Firestone at the US Court of Federal Claims.

Jessica received a bachelor’s degree in biology and physics from University of Virginia, an MPH from Johns Hopkins, and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center.

2019 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar: Technical Program: Formulating with Proteins

Presentation Title: To Be Announced

Presentation Description: To Come


2017 Protein Trends & Technologies Seminar: Pre-conference: Business Strategies

Presentation Title: The Food Industry’s Current and Future Regulatory Environment

Presentation Description: The new Presidential administration will likely lead to some changes in how FDA and USDA regulate food and food ingredients over the next few years and beyond. This presentation will explore the potential opportunities and challenges of the new political environment, discuss anticipated legislative and regulatory actions in the food space in the coming year. It will include FDA’s continued implementation of new nutrition labeling requirements and USDA’s implementation of the GE labeling law, and will identify key considerations particularly for the protein industry in order to minimize risk and maximize marketing flexibility.


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