Food Labeling Workshop: Complying with Regulatory Requirements for the Labeling of Packaged Foods


Veronica Colas
Senior Associate
Hogan Lovells LLP

Veronica practices in the area of food and agriculture law.  She represents food, dietary supplement, and consumer product companies – including manufacturers, retailers, distributors, restaurants, and foodservice companies – as well as their trade associations.  Veronica's practice is increasingly focused on labeling, promotional, and advertising issues. Veronica advises clients on the development of label claims, website, and promotional campaigns for products, as well as the various requirements applicable to the labeling of foods.  Veronica also assists clients with responses to Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice, Congressional, and state Attorney General investigations; and counsels clients on the development, interpretation, and enforcement of laws and regulations governing food production, processing, and distribution.


Julie Henderson
Director of Country of Origin Labeling Division
Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA

Julie is the Director of the complex and controversial nation-wide County of Origin Labeling (COOL) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She provides executive leadership and is the technical expert on all matters related to the development and implementation of the COOL program and the regulation. She began her federal career as a Marketing Specialist over nine years ago when the COOL program was in its infancy. She was instrumental in the development of policies, procedures, outreach efforts, and establishing cooperative partnerships with agencies in all 50 states. Julie has served as the Director of the newly formed COOL Division since 2010. In this position, she enjoys the opportunity of maintaining a solid infrastructure of talented COOL Specialists to carry out enforcement and outreach activities for retailers and their suppliers through extensive collaboration with hundreds of state officials and industry stakeholders across the country.

Prior to her employment with USDA, Julie spent 10 years as the Purchasing Director for Mesa Unified School District, located in the Arizona Sonoran desert, which is one of the largest public school systems in the country. During this portion of her career, she managed procurement functions and contract management for a vast variety of products and services. She served in executive leadership positions with professional associations including the School Nutrition Association, the American Commodity Distribution Association, and the Arizona Association of School Business Officials. Julie has as B.S. degree in Agribusiness and Resource Management from Arizona State University.

Kimberly Wingfield,
Director, Science Policy, Labeling and Standards

Grocery Manufacturers Association

Ms. Wingfield interacts extensively with GMA members to provide assistance with food labeling inquiries on FDA and USDA regulated products. She joined GMA in November of 2012. Prior to GMA, Ms. Wingfield held various positions in regulatory affairs and compliance in the food industry amounting to over ten years of experience.

Ms. Wingfield received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and MBA from Emory University.

Robert (Robbie) Burns, Ph.D.,
Vice President, Health and Nutrition Policy
Grocery Manufacturers Association

Dr. Burns oversees the development of positions on health and nutrition labeling at GMA.  Prior to joining GMA in 2011, he held nutrition leadership roles in Cadbury Schweppes and Mead Johnson Nutritionals. In both organizations, he worked with cross-functional business teams and external stakeholders to leverage nutrition science and deliver business objectives.  He has extensive knowledge of nutrition, health, public policy and food regulations, and the ability to use this knowledge to drive changes which positively impact human health and nutrition.

Dr. Burns has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and a B.S. in Biochemistry, both from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.  Subsequent to his graduate studies, he conducted postdoctoral research fellowships at Nottingham University, U.K., and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Kristen Scott, M.S., RD, CLS,
Senior Manager, Health and Nutrition Policy
Grocery Manufacturers Association

Ms. Scott assists with the development and implementation of GMA’s positions on health and nutrition policy.  She joined GMA in March of 2013.  Prior to GMA, Ms. Scott worked as a Registered Dietitian in a variety of settings most recently working as a Public Health Nutritionist at the Ohio Department of Health. 

Ms. Scott received her B.S in Nutrition and Dietetics from Saint Louis University and M.S. in Clinical Nutrition from The Ohio State University.

Sabrina Correll, M.S., CAPM
Senior Analyst, Health and Nutrition Policy
Grocery Manufacturers Association

Ms. Correll assists in the development of positions on health and nutrition at GMA.    She joined GMA in September 2013.  Prior to GMA, Ms. Correll participated in economic research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and sustainable agriculture research at the University of Maine. 

Ms. Correll received her B.A. from Colby College and M.S. in Agriculture, Food, and Environment from Tufts University.