Food Regulation in Canada

FSC 814 or LAW 810C


[May change each year]

WELCOME to the preview of Food Regulation in Canada, FSC 814, Section 730.  The Instructor for this course is food law attorney Melissa Card joined by Sara Zborovski, attorney and partner with the Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP law firm in Toronto, Canada.

This three-credit hour, graduate level, Internet-based, college course offered by Michigan State University is designed for anyone who must understand the legal and regulatory complexities of the flow of food and agricultural products as they make their way from the farm gate to the grocery store shelves in Canada. This course will examine federal statutes and regulations including the Canada Agricultural Products Act, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labeling Act, the Fish Inspection Act, the Meat Inspection Act, and the Safe Food for Canadians Act.

Food Regulation in Canada is one in our series of region-specific, Internet-based, food law courses comprising our International Food Law Certificate Program and the Masters Program in Global Food Law at Michigan State University.

Course Design:

The course is taught in a series of sections or ” Modules”. A module typically lasts one week and represents a specific topic or issue of food regulation. A new module usually is uploaded each Monday morning. You will have one week to read the materials, investigate the web links, and complete the assignment. Once uploaded, the Modules remain online throughout the duration of the course so you can always go back in case you miss a week or need to refer to a specific topic.

Here’s a sample Index of the Modules in this course, which may change each semester.

  • Module  1 -   Getting Started in a Web Course, Introduction to Canadian Food Law: 
                         Constitutionality and Regulatory Framework
  • Module  2 –  Food Labeling
  • Module  3 –  Nutritional Labeling, Health Claims, and Advertising                  
  • Module  4 –  Regulating Food Quality; Quality Linked to Labeling    
  • Module  5 –  Food Safety Regulations; Food Fraud  
  • Module  6 -   Food Safety – Prevention & Foodborne Illnesses
  • Module  7 –  Food Additives, Color Additives, Food Supplements, Food Fortification,
                         and Food Irradiation    
  • Module  8 –  Foods From Recombinant DNA Organisms                
  • Module  9 -   Natural Health Products     
  • Module 10 – Importation and Exportation of Food
  • Module 11 – Government Inspections  
  • Module 12 – Government Enforcement
  • Module 13 – Private Actions
  • Module 14 – International Activities
  • Module 15 – Final Examination and Course Evaluation 



Your assignments will be due the following Monday and can be submitted automatically within the course in the module assignment drop box. Grades are posted electronically and sent to you by email. Class participation is accomplished by means of synchronous and asynchronous Internet communication technologies such as the written Discussion Forums.


You should plan on spending an average of 9-12 hours per week. You simply go online each week and a new module will be waiting. Read the materials, explore the hyperlinked and other Internet-based resources, complete the assignment, upload your assignment into the course assignment drop box, and you’re done for the week.

If you are looking for a convenient way to continue your education and you need information regarding the regulation of foods in Canada, or if you work for a company planning an expansion into the Canadian market, this is the course for you.

Just click here [How to Enroll] to get started. You will find a sample copy of the Application and the instructions for enrolling directly online. No transcript submission is required through the Lifelong Education program.

This course is offered spring semesters.
For more information, see the Semester Course Schedule.

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