Michelle Wright is an independent consultant working in food regulatory and labeling. She has worked extensively with USDA and FDA product labeling, nutrition issues and claims and conducts training for companies on labeling changes. Some of Michelle’s accomplishments include deciphering Kosher programs, educating companies on import and export procedures, implementing an import system for plants in both Mexico and Canada, developing a policies and procedure management system and creating response letters for both suppliers and customers. Child Nutrition labeling and the required partial quality control (PQC) program development for numerous plants and products were also part of Michelle’s work. Michelle is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University where she teaches Food Labeling and Packaging Regulations and Food Import and Export classes. She has a Masters in Family and Consumer Sciences and a BS in Consumer Food Science both from Iowa State University.
Roberta Wagner is vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the Consumer Brands Association.
Wagner spent 33 years in public service, most recently as the assistant administrator of the Office of Policy and Program Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the agency’s lead policy position. Just prior to this she served as the deputy administrator of the Office of Field Operations at USDA’s FSIS where she assisted with providing leadership to a workforce of 7,800 inspection program personnel, including consumer safety officers and inspectors, public health veterinarians and food inspectors.
Wagner began her regulatory career at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Office of Regulatory Affairs’ (ORA) Baltimore District Office in 1987, where she worked for nearly 20 years. Wagner also held the position of Assistant Commissioner for Operations in the ORA for two years, providing leadership to ORA’s field force, including investigators, compliance officers, laboratory staff and the ORA headquarters components that supported and interfaced with the field organization.
Previously, Wagner served as a director of the Office of Compliance in FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). Wagner later served as the CFSAN Deputy Director for Regulatory Affairs and Associate Director for Food Safety Modernization Act Operations.
Wagner holds a bachelor of science in biological science with a minor in environmental science from Hiram College. She also holds a master of science in biochemistry from Bowling Green State University. She lives in in Harford County, Maryland, a Baltimore City suburb, and always keeps her house stocked with a myriad of CPG products that span the spectrum from food and beverages, dietary supplements and over the counter drugs, to household and personal care packaged goods.
Veronica Colas, Counsel, Hogan Lovells US LLP, counsels clients on the regulations and policy issues affecting food companies from farm to table. Using her keen awareness of today’s class action litigation environment, Veronica helps develop new products, label claims, and advertising materials. She has a deep understanding of both current and forthcoming food labeling and production requirements ranging from nutrition labeling, to the regulatory issues surrounding bioengineered foods and organic food production. Veronica provides clear advice and practical solutions for compliance with labeling, advertising, and safety regulations from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Consumer Product Safety Commission. She has significant experience in helping clients navigate regulatory enforcement challenges and responding to public policy issues such as agency rulemaking and nutrition policy.
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