Mitchell Cheeseman, former Acting Director of the FDA’s Office of Food Additive Safety, and Ralph Simmons, a senior policy analyst and Cheeseman’s senior advisor, have joined as managing director and partner, respectively. The pair boost the food safety practice of the firm’s environmental practice group.
As Cheeseman’s senior advisor, Simmons helped develop and implement FDA regulation and policy. Before joining the FDA, Simmons counseled major U.S. food producers and food packaging manufacturers in private practice.
“Mitch and Ralph bring a terrific combination of legal, regulatory, and scientific expertise to Steptoe’s growing food safety practice,” Roger Warin, chair of Steptoe, said in a statement.