Food Regulation in Canada

FSC 814 or LAW 810C


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
  • Module  2 - The Regulatory Framework
  • Module  3 - Health Canada’s Modernization Makeover                  
  • Module  4 - The Regulation of Food in Canada:  Defining “Food”      
  • Module  5 - The Regulation of Novel Foods and Genetically Modified Foods  
  • Module  6 - Food Additives, Food Supplements and Food Fortification
  • Module  7 - Labeling and Advertising:  Requirements of the Food and Drugs Act    
  • Module  8 - Labelling and Advertising:  Other Regulatory Requirements                     
  • Module  9 - Labeling and Advertising:  Making Claims              
  • Module 10 - Food Recall:  The Rules and Regulations
  • Module 11 - Food Recalls:  Protecting your Brand 
  • Module 12 - Compliance and Enforcement
  • Module 13 - Food Safety
  • Module 14 - Tying It All Together
  • Module 15 - Course Evaluation 



Your assignments will be due by the following Wednesday (10 days) 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 nine to twelve 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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