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Tim Lombardo, Senior Director, Food Consulting Services

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EAS Consulting Group
1700 Diagonal Rd., Ste. 750
Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (571) 447-5500
Website: https://easconsultinggroup.com

With company roots tracing back to 1960, EAS Consulting Group is a leading provider of regulatory compliance solutions to industries regulated by FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration), USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture), and supporting agencies. EAS’ team of consultants provide expert guidance for FDA and USDA regulatory requirements.

With the recent merger of EAS’ parent company, Certified Laboratories Group and FSNS, a national platform of regulatory consulting and testing solutions has been created. EAS assists with regulatory and quality requirements and challenges, while the trusted multi-national Certified and FSNS offer a robust scope of sophisticated testing services.

EAS offers the expert knowledge and experience to ensure FDA and USDA compliance through accurate and timely assistance. With its vast expertise in FDA’s and USDA’s policies and enforcement, EAS is the proven choice for assistance with regulatory and quality consulting and testing solutions.

Tim Lombardo is a widely regarded expert in food safety and microbiology with more than 20 years of direct experience leading these programs at a variety of manufacturing facilities. As a food safety consultant for nearly 10 years, Lombardo’s experience includes dairy, infant formula, baked goods, nuts and nut products, fruits and vegetables, meat and poultry, spices, color flavors and other ingredients as well as many other food sector categories. He is a lead instructor through the Food Safety and Preventive Controls Alliance (FSPCA) in Preventive Controls for both human and animal foods, a lead instructor for the HACCP Controls Alliance, and is certified in thermal/aseptic processing and sterilization through the Better Process Control School.

NIE: What makes the EAS team unique?

Lombardo: EAS is led by a dedicated staff of former FDA, USDA and industry executives focused on our guiding mission of providing regulatory solutions in our clients’ best interests. It is our unique combination of agency and industry experience that enables an in-depth understanding of the many challenges companies face as they balance regulatory compliance with product innovation. With the support of an international network of nearly 200 independent consultants, also with career histories at FDA, USDA and industry as well as with state and local governments and U.S. Customs, EAS assists clients all over the world with navigating the complexities of selling FDA and USDA regulated products in the U.S. Together, this collection of talent enables EAS to match consultant expertise to your particular consulting need, offering multilingual regulatory assistance in a variety of locations throughout the world.

NIE: How are EAS Consulting Group’s services customizable for each company it works with?

Lombardo: With nearly 200 independent consultants, all of whom are either former FDA, USDA or high-level industry executives, as you can imagine, EAS is able to provide a wealth of expertise. For companies seeking to establish a new food ingredient, EAS team of toxicologists design and facilitate research studies and literature reviews in addition to preparing submissions. For companies seeking to comply with FDA labeling requirements including claims substantiation and marketing statements, our labeling experts design and review compliant labels, as well as assist with allowable claims and marketing reviews. We facilitate compliance with all aspects of the Food Safety Modernization Act, good manufacturing practices, HACCP, GFSI (i.e. SQF, BRC) and other food safety mechanisms. Our public and in-house education and training programs are some of the best in the industry, offering a huge array of complimentary webinars in addition to in-depth seminars. EAS services are truly customizable thanks to the many talented and global professionals who choose to consult with EAS.

NIE: Certified Group recently announced an agreement to merge with Food Safety Net Services (FSNS). What does that mean for the future of the company?

Lombardo: The merger of the Certified Laboratories Group, under which EAS operates, and FSNS, is a fantastic opportunity for the food, supplement and cosmetics industries to bring all of their regulatory and testing needs under one umbrella. Whether the product is FDA or USDA regulated, the larger Certified/FSNS Group of laboratories offers a huge array of both chemistry and microbiology testing. EAS, of course supports all of these industries, as well as other FDA regulated industries with regulatory challenges. We have also been assisting the CBD/hemp/cannabis industries set up quality systems and food safety programs. Certified Group offers testing of these products both in their California and Canadian laboratories.

NIE: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Lombardo: We feel that what separates EAS Consulting Group are our consultants, and we are honored to have such an esteemed group of colleagues. Their broad range of regulatory consulting expertise, developed with an average of 25 years or more of experience in their chosen fields, is the best in the industry. Regardless of the type of food (human or animal), the regulation (FDA or USDA), the scope of work, or the complexity of the project, EAS Consulting Group has experts who can help.

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