Many food and beverage companies are assessing the use of hemp-derived ingredients in their products in light of the 2018 Farm Bill provisions excluding “hemp” from the definition of marijuana under the federal Controlled Substances Act. At the same time, regulators at both the federal and state level continue to explore and develop regulatory frameworks to govern the use of hempderivatives in food. The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is the latest federal agency to issue guidance on the use of hemp-derived ingredients. This guidance illustrates that TTB is actively thinking about industry desire to use hemp-derived ingredients, such as cannabidiol (CBD), in alcohol beverage products and that TTB is communicating with FDA to establish clearer guidance for industry.

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Photo of Martin Hahn Martin Hahn

Partner, Washington, DC

Martin Hahn uses his background in food technology and his comprehensive understanding of the laws governing the food industry to navigate clients through the myriad regulatory and business issues impacting the industry from farm to table. He recognizes the demands placed on his clients and finds innovative and creative solutions, particularly when responding to observations raised by regulators  during inspections. Whether the issue involves obtaining the authorization of a new food or dietary ingredient, complying with manufacturing requirements, labeling or advertising, product recalls, or enforcement, Martin serves as an effective advisor and advocate.

Martin’s career has touched on almost every issue impacting the food industry. He has a comprehensive understanding of the laws affecting the labeling and advertising of foods, dietary supplements, infant formulas, medical foods, and foods for special dietary use. He helps clients anticipate new trends and develop the data that is needed to distinguish their products from others on the market. With his understanding of science and technology in the food industry, Martin provides assistance in obtaining regulatory authorizations to market new food ingredients, food packaging materials, and dietary ingredients. He also assists clients in responding to proposed regulations and draft guidance, as well as, tracks and keeps his clients apprised of the latest trends in class action law suits and helps clients anticipate new regulatory initiatives.

Martin grew up on a farm and worked in food processing plants before going to law school. His hands-on experience in the field and degree in food technology allow him to better understand the challenges his clients face in complying with the laws impacting food manufacturing. He understands Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and the regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Photo of Samantha Dietle Samantha Dietle

Associate, Washington, DC

Sam Dietle provides practical legal solutions and regulatory guidance to all segments of the food industry, including manufacturers, restaurants, retailers, animal producers and processors, and their trade associations.

She advises clients on federal and state regulatory issues that arise throughout the entire food supply chain, including labeling and advertising compliance and claim substantiation issues, enforcement actions by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), litigation support, and drafting comments on proposed regulations and agency guidance. Sam also counsels clients in consumer products industries on compliance with Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) requirements.

Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Sam advised food packaging companies on FDA premarket requirements and regulatory compliance matters. Sam also worked with electronic cigarette companies as FDA began to regulate this industry. While in law school, she served as a judicial intern in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, working on vaccine injury claims cases.

Photo of Brendan Quinn Brendan Quinn

Drawing on his deep experience in the performing arts and the food and beverage industries, Brendan Quinn focuses his practice on all features of a brand’s intellectual property (IP) portfolio to ensure maximum protection of his clients’s IP rights.

Brendan advises clients throughout the life cycle of their brand – from advertising review, trademark and copyright prosecution, and portfolio management through enforcement and litigation of these rights before federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Brendan also assists alcohol beverage clients not only with their IP matters, but also with regulatory compliance, stemming from an internship at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) where he assisted with labeling approval and the agency’s geographic indication of origin program.

While at the Georgetown University Law Center, he served as a law fellow for the legal writing curriculum and received The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) Excellence for the Future Awards for earning the highest grades in his trademark and unfair competition law and advertising law courses.