Brian Ronholm*

Senior Director of Regulatory Policy
Brian is the Senior Director of Regulatory Policy in the Life Sciences group.
Brian Ronholm, Senior Director of Regulatory Policy, Washington, DC at Arent Fox LLP

Using his experience as the former Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety at the US Department of Agriculture., Brian specializes in food safety regulation and policy, and provides clients with strategic advice on navigating regulatory and legislative challenges in the food and agriculture space.

*Brian is not a member of the legal practice.

Previous Work

Brian was appointed to serve as the Deputy Under Secretary of Food Safety at the US Department of Agriculture in April 2011. During his time at USDA, Brian developed strategic frameworks and engaged in outreach activities to advance FSIS policies and initiatives impacting the meat, poultry, and processed egg industries. He also chaired the US Codex Policy Steering Committee, an interagency partnership that engages stakeholders in the advancement of science-based international food safety standards to facilitate fair trade. He also served as the head of US delegation for Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings and the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods, and chair of the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).

Prior to his appointment, Brian worked for Congresswoman Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) where he managed issues related to the House Agriculture-FDA Appropriations Subcommittee. He also developed and implemented legislative and communication strategies for policy issues related food safety, nutrition, anti-hunger, medical product safety, and consumer protection.

Publications, Presentations & Recognitions

Brian writes frequently on topics concerning food safety, including the following publications:

  • There’s room on the hamburger bun for cell-cultured meat and politics,” Food Safety News; September 25, 2018
  • Eschewing Obfuscation on Poultry Slaughter Line Speed, Food Safety News; January 13, 2018
  • Status and Outlook of Food Labeling Proposals, co-written with Karen Carr, Food Safety Tech, October 17, 2017
  • USDA releases Bioengineered Food Disclosure Report, Arent Fox Client Alert; September 14, 2017
  • Moving the US Codex Office to USDA Trade is a Big Mistake, Food Safety News; September 11, 2017
  • Pushback on Soda Tax Begins to Bubble Up, Arent Fox Client Alert; September 8, 2017
  • Food Waste Legislation Introduced: Issue Could Become Part of a Farm Bill Debate, Arent Fox Client Alert; August 22, 2017
  • Antibiotics in Food Supply: Debate Remains Alive, Arent Fox Client Alert; August 10, 2017
  • Pew Report Confronts the Biggest Challenge that Faces Meat and Poultry Safety, Arent Fox Client Alert; July 24, 2017
  • Consumer Groups File False Advertising Suit Over '100% Natural' Claim, Alleging Residues in Poultry, Arent Fox Client Alert; July 5, 2017
  • Will Opioid Manufacturers Become the Next Big Tobacco? Arent Fox Client Alert; June 30, 2017
  • USDA Suspends Meat Shipments from Brazil, Arent Fox Client Alert; June 29, 2017
  • Chinese Poultry: Verification Must Precede Trust for Food Safety,” Food Safety News; June 25, 2017
  • FDA Extends Compliance Date for Nutritional Facts Panel Revision, Arent Fox Client Alert; June 15, 2017
  • How FDA's Program Alignment Initiative Will Impact Industries: An Insider's Perspective, Arent Fox Client Alert; May 26, 2017
  • USDA Reorganization Plan Could Reduce Food Safety Protections, Food Safety News; May 18, 2017
  • Media Investigations into Integrity of Organic Program Growing, Arent Fox Client Alert; May 16, 2017
  • Foreign Matter Contamination Recalls Continue to Plague Industry, Arent Fox Client Alert; May 1, 2017
  • Perdue Confirmed; Activity Begins on Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rulemaking and Other Food Policy Issues, Arent Fox Client Alert; April 27, 2017
  • Murky Crystal Ball on Trump Food Policy at CFA Conference, Arent Fox Client Alert; April 17, 2017
  • FSMA For Meat and Poultry?, Arent Fox Client Alert; April 14, 2017
  • Future of Biotech: National Academies Committee Report Scans the Horizon, Arent Fox Client Alert; March 15, 2017
  • Trump's Well-done Habits Could Bode Well for Food Safety, Food Safety News; March 10, 2017

He also speaks regularly on these same topics. His speaking engagements include:

  • “Growing Pains: What’s in Store for Organic?” CFA 2018 Annual Food Policy Conference; March 28 - 29, 2018 (Washington, DC)
  • Imports and Exports, IFT Food Laws and Regulations: A Practical Road Map; March 23, 2018 (Chicago, IL)
  • USDA Food Safety Outlook – Inspection Modernization, Line Speed, Imports, and Codex, IFT Food Policy Impact; February 6, 2018 (Washington, DC)
  • Nutrition Label Challenges – Cutting Time-to-Market, Speeding Compliance, Food Safety Consortium; December 1, 2017 (Schaumburg, IL)
  • Regulatory and Legislative Status of Labeling Policy Issues, Food Safety Consortium; November 30, 2017 (Chicago, IL)
  • Organic Food Claims: How Best to Defend Against Allegations of Economic Fraud from FDA and USDA Perspective, ANA/BAA Marketing Law Conference; November 14, 2017, Chicago, IL
  • US Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Law Institute Introduction to US Food Law and Regulation Course; October 12, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • Inter-Agency Overlap and Jurisdictional Boundaries, Food and Drug Law Institute Food Advertising, Labeling, and Litigation Conference: For the Food and Dietary Supplement Industries; September 14, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • Hot Topics in Agriculture, Virginia Agribusiness Council 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference; September 13, 2017(Glen Allan, VA)
  • Keynote Address, American Association of Exporters and Importers (AAEI) Healthcare Industries Committee (HIC) and Regulated Industries Committee (RIC) Seminar; April 27, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • A Food Safety Modernization Act for Meat and Poultry?, Consumer Federation of America's National Food Policy Conference; April 11, 2017 (Washington, DC)
  • Education
    The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management
    California State University, Hayward