- Food Labeling, Food Safety, and Food Science

June 10, 2023



A Food Lawyer's and Food Scientist's Weblog ("Blog") on Current Issues and Controversies in Food Labeling and Food Safety.

In our Food Law practice, we focus on food industry regulatory issues that require attorneys with graduate level credentials in Food Science and Food Engineering. We bring particular expertise to the Labeling of Food and Dietary Supplements and to the prevention of Food Recalls through Science and Management

Charles F. Woodhouse - BA Dartmouth; MBA Wharton; JD Rutgers; MS Food Safety Michigan State; MS Packaging Michigan State; Graduate Certificates International Food Law and Food Packaging, MSU.

Attorney Woodhouse earned his MS Food Safety and his MS Packaging at Michigan State University. Since complex Soil Classification, Soil Amendment, Fertilization, and Biocide Application issues have become a routine part of his work in the writing of Produce Industry Food Safety Risk-Based Preventative Controls Plans as well as important factors in Crop Insurance Litigation, he will begin, in August 2020, the Graduate Program at the University of Florida's Department of Soil and Water Sciences with the goal of earning his third science graduate degree by 2022.

Attorney Woodhouse is the author of the International Food Law Chapter in the forthcoming American Bar Association "Practioner's Guide to Food Law" due to be published in 2021.

He is a Partner at the Washington, DC and Florida offices of Woodhouse Shanahan PA. His MS Thesis, titled "The Implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act" received the 2011 Michigan State University Mather Food Safety Award.

Details of his practice, education, and career are on his law firm's websites: (Inactive website) (New website under construction to serve our Food Recall clients)

Charles Woodhouse is the instructor for Lorman Education's on-line Continuing Legal Education Course on Food Law and Regulation. This on-demand webinar is accredited for annual CLE requirements for lawyers in all 50 states. The annual live lecture and update is presented each year in February and available on-line thereafter. Please visit Lorman Education at:

Charles Woodhouse is admitted to the Practice of Law before the Bars of Pennsylvania, Florida, and the District of Columbia and to practice before the US Court for the Northern District of Florida, US Court of International Trade in New York City, and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.

He is a Professional Member of  the Institute of Food Technologists, and a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the American Bar Association (Science & Technology Section), the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, the Food and Drug Law Institute, and the International Association for Food Protection.

His career as a food industry executive includes his being a founding shareholder of Marine Harvest International and serving as its President during its years as a public company traded on the American Stock Exchange. Since the sale of Marine Harvest to European Investors in 1996, Charles Woodhouse has devoted his career to study, teaching, research, and to the practice of food regulatory law at Woodhouse Shanahan.

He has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law teaching in  the LLM Food Law, International Food Law and Regulation and MS Food Safety Programs. In the Fall Semesters of 2013 and 2014, he taught the course titled US Food Imports: Process, Regulation, and Food Safety. In 2019 he received his MS Packaging degree (Materials Science & Engineering) in this critical area of Regulatory Food Science.

Woodhouse Shanahan serves as Counsel for technical Food Law and Food Science issues to Rhythm LLC a leading international design firm that specializes in the Consumer Packaged Goods industry.  Rhythm provides end-to-end design services:  brand ideation and strategy; packaging ideation and design development; compliance review of labeling and advertising claims; product launch support; and a wide variety of strategic marketing communication services structured to deploy, accelerate, and build an optimized consumer experience within the global marketplace.

He devotes a substantial portion of his practice to  the representation of Farmers (Primary Agricultural Producers) in USDA Administrative Law litigation matters concerning USDA Crop Insurance Programs and PACA (Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act) Disputes. With Graduate Degrees in Food Safety (Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food Toxicology) and Packaging (Materials Science, Polymer Engineering of Food Contact Materials, and Food Engineering for Preservation and Protection), Attorney Woodhouse is particularly qualiifed to handle disputes that turn on scientific and technical evidence in the courtroom.


Our Weblog is directed at the audience of Food Scientists and Food Lawyers who are advancing Food Safety Culture through the development of the new field of Regulatory Food Science. Our goal is to bring original documents to Food Safety Professionals who cannot base their work and opinions upon Secondary Sources. We confine "Editorial Opinion" to our Essays Page.


Charles F. Woodhouse, Esq.    Woodhouse Shanahan PA

800 Connecticut Ave. NW - Suite 300    Washington, DC 20006    

Tel (202) 293-0033


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