Emily Lyons




Husch Blackwell

Roundtable discussion:

CBD craze: Update on usage, legality, research in pet food — CBD products are everywhere on the pet scene, but is this substance legal to use in pet food or treats? Is it safe for pets? How much can the CBD pet product market grow? Join experts in these areas to find out if this is just a passing fad or a major category in the making. Specific topics and speakers include Top trends in natural and specialty pet: focus on CBD — Amy Kerr, director of business development, SPINS; Green rush: Making and marketing pet foods and treats with CBD — Emily Lyons, attorney, and Michael Annis, partner, Husch Blackwell; and New research on CBD: safety and efficacy — Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN, DACVSMR, professor, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Bill Bookout, president of the National Animal Supplement Council, will join the Q&A/discussion segment.

Presentation description:

Green rush: Making and marketing pet foods and treats with CBD — Emily Lyons, attorney, and Michael Annis, partner, Husch Blackwell provide pet food manufacturers, retailers and other industry stakeholders with a comprehensive understanding of the legal and regulatory landscape for products that include cannabidiol and evaluate the impact these products have on their businesses.


Lyons guides clients on complex regulatory issues as they bring dairy products, beverages, fruits and vegetables, processed foods and other agricultural goods to market. At the intersection of agriculture, food and environment, Lyons handles compliance matters such as labeling, marketing, permitting and agency inquiries including the Food Safety Modernization Act, Pasteurized Milk Ordinance, USDA National Organic Program and bioengineered food disclosure standard, Generally Recognized as Safe status for food additives and food contact substances, and the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65). She also appreciates serving on the firm’s seasoned cannabis team, which is particularly poised to assist marijuana and industrial hemp clients through today’s fast-changing regulatory environment. Before private practice, Lyons served as counsel and director of regulatory affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Her unique ability to speak the language throughout the supply chain brings clients value as she navigates complex scientific information, melds it with antiquated regulatory constructs and makes it understandable, all while remaining innovative and cutting edge.