Keller and Heckman Partner Joan Sylvain Baughan Authors Food Packaging Chapter for Elsevier Reference Module

Date: Nov 07, 2018

Joan Sylvain Baughan, Partner at Keller and Heckman LLP, is the author of a chapter on the regulation of food packaging in the U.S. that was recently added to the Food Packaging section of Elsevier Reference's online Module in Food Science. Her chapter, “U.S. Legislation on Food Contact Materials,” provides a detailed overview of how food contact materials are regulated in the United States. At more than 4,500 words, this comprehensive chapter explains how the regulations evolved, exceptions to the rules, and the best methods for clearing a new food contact material.

Reference Modules provide subject-focused collections of current encyclopedic and comprehensive articles from Elsevier’s Major Reference Works, combined with new and exclusively-written articles within the discipline to create an online information source.

Ms. Baughan is also the editor of Global Legislation for Food Contact Materials, which provides an in-depth overview of the worldwide regulatory climate for food contact materials, in addition to detailed information on specific types of food contact materials, such as plastic, regenerated cellulose, active and intelligent packaging materials.


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