Charles Ronald Brewington, 63, a retired U.S. Department of Agriculture branch chief who played a role in the establishment of food safety, nutrition and consumer protection policies, died of a brain tumor Nov. 25 at his home in Boyds.

Mr. Brewington spent 20 years as chief of the standards and labeling division of the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

He was instrumental in the development of policies that govern the use of terms such as "lean," "light," "natural" and "fresh." He also helped prevent the direct fortification of meat.

He was involved in court cases concerning the composition of corned beef hash, the definition of Long Island duck and the requirement for safe handling instructions on meat.

Mr. Brewington was born in Salisbury and graduated from Wicomico Senior High School. He graduated from the University of Maryland and received a master's degree in organic chemistry from George Washington University in 1969.

He went to work for the USDA in 1965, working as a research chemist in the dairy products laboratory of the Agricultural Research Service.

He retired in 1996.

He enjoyed travel, financial analysis, physical fitness, walking his dog and following the Maryland Terrapins teams.

Survivors include his wife of 39 years, April Brewington of Boyds.

Charles Ronald Brewington was integral to the creation of food-labeling policies governing the use of such terms as "lean," "fresh" and "natural."