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Food and Beverage Law

Legal Services for Your Food and Beverage Needs

Carter Conboy is located in the hub of New York State’s rapidly expanding food, beverage, and consumer packaged goods industry. With robust agriculture systems, a healthy economy for craft brewers and distillers, and a population that is demanding American and locally-made products, our attorneys have helped clients build their businesses, grow their brands, and increase profits with experienced representation.

The legal issues facing your industry are as unique as your products. We understand the challenges posed by government regulations related to creating, marketing and distributing your products in compliance with local, state and federal laws and across state lines. We also understand your opportunities and stand with you to help you achieve your goals and advance your objectives.

Accomplished Food and Beverage Attorneys

Our attorneys have vast experience representing clients in a variety of food and beverage matters. We are well versed in the federal and state laws and regulations which set stringent regulations from production and processing to packing and distribution.  We provide our clients with a complete range of legal solutions, from regulatory compliance, to counseling and risk mitigation, to representation in litigated matters.

Carter Conboy recognizes the nuances that accompany the development, production, packaging and distribution of products regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH), including everything from food, beverages, restaurant service, consumer packaged goods, dietary supplements, drugs and cosmetics. 

Our Food and Beverage Clients

At Carter Conboy, we offer a comprehensive team of attorneys who are skilled in transactional, regulatory, and litigation matters. As industry leaders, we have an in-depth knowledge of the nuances governing your industry and the perpetually changing legal and regulatory environment.

Our team of attorneys has decades of experience representing a wide range of food and beverage clients – from farmers and suppliers to manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers, and retailers. Specific industry sectors we represent:

  • Agricultural Businesses
  • Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Beverages
  • Beef, Poultry and Pork Industries
  • Breweries and Vineyards
  • Dairy and Egg Industries
  • Food Processors and Producers
  • Fruit and Vegetable Industries
  • Organic Farming and Retail Sales
  • Dietary and Nutritional Supplement Manufacturers
  • Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturers (CPG’s)
  • Food Distribution and Transportation
  • Hospitality, Retail and Food Service

Comprehensive Food and Beverage Law Services

At Carter Conboy, it is our job to know your business – from start-up to operations to distribution and consumers. We can provide personalized legal services that promote and protect your business and advance your objectives.  Our services include:

  • Brand Protection and Licensing
  • Education, Planning, Training and Risk Mitigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Food Safety
  • Product Recalls
  • Liquor Licensing
  • Corporate and Contract Law
  • Advertising, Labeling and Marketing
  • Consumer Class Action Defense
  • Mass Tort Defense
  • Labor and Employment
  • Product Liability Defense, including Foodborne Illness and Foreign Object Claims
  • Litigation
  • Logistics Coordination and Contracting
  • Mediation and Arbitration
  • Regulatory Compliance, including Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Regulatory, Advertising, and Consumer Rights Compliance

You have built a product, a business, a brand, a reputation. In a complex world of quickly changing laws that regulate everything from advertising to distribution to consumer protection, we stand by you to protect and defend what you have worked so hard to achieve.  Our attorneys help you traverse and comply with complicated regulations, investigations, and enforcement proceedings. 

Legal Strategies that Grow With You

You are in one of today’s most competitive business sectors and your legal counsel needs to keep up.  With a national reputation for premier litigation and a diverse practice that excels in dozens of legal services, Carter Conboy can protect you on all sides and ensure your brand stays safe as you expand.

One of the areas our food and beverage team is focused on is helping companies understand the risks of multi-state growth. Advertising rules are complex and class action lawyers are relentless. If your products are described as organic, natural, small batch, made in the USA, handmade, or GMO free – we are abreast of what is happening across the country so you can be protected in multi-jurisdictional matters.

Product Safety Consulting

Our food and beverage representation goes beyond what is on the shelves. We are often in the field where the grapes and grains grow, ensuring we know every detail of your supply chain – from farmers and suppliers to manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers, and retailers. We pride ourselves on providing counsel that focuses on your entire business, reducing risk and liability by covering all of the bases.

Our product safety consulting services include:

  • Assessment and evaluation of product safety
  • Civil and corrective matters before the FDA
  • Compliance assessment related to the FDA and other government agencies
  • Representation before government agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and NYS Department of Health (NYS DOH)
  • Review and planning related to product testing, safety, and liability
  • Review, drafting and implementation of product safety policies and procedures
  • Strategic response to consumer inquiries or complaints regarding product safety

Product Recalls

In the Food and Beverage marketplace, where raw and prepared products are prepared, distributed, and sold, significant risk and complications can occur, resulting in lawsuits and product recalls. There are increased fears surrounding contaminants such as E.coli, listeria, salmonella and other pathogens; allergens and product labeling; and foreign objects in food and beverage products. These threats require our Food & Beverage clients to maintain a heightened awareness about product safety and proper labeling of products.

Our practiced team of attorneys are experienced with product recalls and brand protection. We help you manage investigations and product recall requests from FDA and administer corrective plans of actions.

Beyond Food and Beverage Law

At Carter Conboy, we are able to support you beyond your food and beverage law matters. Our team of experienced and dedicated attorneys, combined with our diversified practice spanning 20 industries and 40 service areas, have you covered. From preparing your will, to defending you in litigation, to protecting your business interests, the strength of our team is the answer to your many legal needs.