Courses

International Food Laws and Regulations
International Food Laws and Regulations

This course surveys the food laws and regulations as well as the socio-economic dynamic which shapes the food laws of specific regions of the world including the US, EU, UK, Latin America, Japan, and India. It also surveys the role of international agencies in the application of food laws (WHO, FAO, Codex, WTO).  Modules on Critical Analysis and Comparative Food Law and a Food Safety Governance Comparative Study are also included. The Lead Instructor is Neal D. Fortin, Director and Assistant Professor of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University, along with an international network of guest lecturers of attorneys, academics and former government officials who practice in that specific region and who understand the legal complexities of the flow of food and agricultural products across national boundaries.

United States Food Laws and Regulations
United States Food Laws and Regulations

This course is taught by Lead Instructor Neal D. Fortin, Director and Assistant Professor of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University, and surveys the laws and regulations governing the manufacture, distribution and sale of food products in the United States. This course will cover the history of U.S. food regulation, the regulation of foods and food additives, dietary supplements, genetic modification regulation, HACCP, civil and criminal liability for defective products, inspections, labeling, importation and exportation, novel processing technologies regulation, and many other issues of current concern in US food regulation. The course has been updated to include the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

European Union Food Laws and Regulations
European Union Food Laws and Regulations

This course is designed for those who require comprehensive information regarding the regulation of food products in the European Union (EU). The Lead Instructor for this course is Dr. David Jukes, Professor and Senior Lecturer in Food Laws at the University of Reading, in Reading, England. Dr. Jukes is joined by distinguished food attorneys and food law professionals from Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Germany and Latvia. 

Food Regulation in Latin America
Food Regulation in Latin America

Taught by Lead Instructor Dr. Rebeca Lopez-Garcia, a food industry consultant, who resides in Mexico City, Mexico, this course surveys the political, social, economic and historical events that have shaped the development of food laws and regulations throughout Latin America including an overview comparison of the basic food laws, agency responsibility in each country, product registration requirements, basic standards, labeling and additives, international trade issues and dispute resolution. It examines food-related issues and events on a regional basis including Mercosur as well as the specific countries of Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

Food Regulation in Canada
Food Regulation in Canada

Sara Zborovski, the instructor for this course, is a partner with Davis LLP, in Toronto, Canada. This course contains a comprehensive examination of the regulation of food product in Canada. The Regulatory Framework; Labelling and Advertising Rules under the Canadian FDA and other Canadian Statutes; Food Additives, Food Supplements and Food Fortification; The Regulation of Novel Foods and Genetically Modified Foods, Organic Foods and Food Irradiation; Inspection and Related Food Safety Programs; Food Recalls; and Compliance and Enforcement.

Codex Alimentarius
Codex Alimentarius

This course is taught this semester by Dr. P. Vincent Hegarty, Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, and Neal D. Fortin, Director and Assistant Professor, of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University, with guest lectures from representatives in Codex Alimentarius, WHO, WTO, the World Bank, the food industry, a developing country, and a consumer organization. Codex Alimentarius is a global reference point for food producers, food processors, consumers, national food control agencies, and for international trade. Codex formulates and harmonizes food standards and ensures their global implementation. Codex has food standards for commodities (237), codes for hygiene or technological practice (41); guidelines for contaminants (25); and has evaluations on pesticides (185), food additives (1,005), veterinary drugs (54); and limits for pesticide residues (3,274).

Animal Heath, World Trade, and Food Safety (OIE):  Challenges and Opportunities
Animal Heath, World Trade, and Food Safety (OIE):  Challenges and Opportunities

This course is taught by Lead Instructor Dr. Scott Haskell DVM, MPVM, PhD. The mission of the OIE is: (1) To guarantee the transparency of animal disease status world-wide; (2) To collect, analyze and disseminate veterinary scientific information; (3) To provide expertise and promote international solidarity for the control of animal diseases; and (4) To guarantee the sanitary safety of world trade by developing sanitary rules for international trade in animals and animal products. This course will examine the history, objectives and operations of the OIE, roles of the OIE in animal health, animal welfare, and food safety throughout the world, the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) Agreement); and the OIE standards, guidelines and recommendations.

Food Laws and Regulations Asia (Emphasis on China and overview of Asia food law)

This course is designed for those who must understand the legal and regulatory complexities of the flow of food and agricultural products in China and Asia at-large. The first part of the course examines the regulation of food in China.   The second part of the course examines the regulation of food in Asia more broadly. The Lead Instructor is Michael T. Roberts, an attorney and also a prolific and respected author, lecturer, and commentator nationally and internationally on matters relating to food law and policy. He has extensive teaching and practice experience in China and Asia., 

Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy in Europe

The Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy is an established five day summer program that brings together practitioners, policymakers, industry representatives, and leading academics working in the field of food law and policy. It offers intensive training on the most innovative developments in global food regulation and provides a unique opportunity for professional development and networking in an informal and interdisciplinary setting.  To be held in Spain in July 20-24, 2015.