Friday, May 28, 2010

Reminder: Food Labeling Workshop at MSU July 28-29

Institute for Food Laws & Regulations

» Hurry, registration is limited
Food Labeling Workshop

July 28-29, 2010   ·   Lansing, Michigan
This workshop presents the FDA requirements for US food labeling.  The workshop format and materials are designed to provide a user-friendly approach for those new to food labeling and also provide a thorough system and reference for those experienced with food label design and review.  The workshop format allows time for questions. The focus is practical, and students are encouraged to bring problem labels for hands-on review.    
For more information, click here.

Free Bonus
Workshop participants will receive the Guide to U.S. Food Labeling Law (Vol. I) by Peter Barton Hutt, Esq. The Guide provides practical guidance and expert advice on FDA, FTC, and USDA labeling requirements in plain English. The Guide is an invaluable resource for regulatory officials, industry personnel, and anyone reviewing food labels. 
The Instructors
Neal Fortin, is Professor and Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University.  His law practice experience concentrated on food law, labeling, ingredient evaluation, advertising, legislation, and administrative law. Professor Fortin also has 20 years experience in food regulatory work with the state of Michigan, including being the primary drafter of Michigan Food Law of 2000.  He has trained more than 1,500 people on the labeling law. 

Constance Henry
, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

James E. Hoadley 
is a senior consultant with EAS Consultant Group. In Dr. Hoadley's 20-year FDA career he served ten years a Senior Regulatory Scientist in the Office of Nutritional Products, Labeling and Dietary Supplements (ONPLDS) with primary responsibilities in food label claim regulations. Dr. Hoadley has been directly involved in the scientific review and drafting of authorizing regulation, or denials, of nearly all health claim petitions received by CFSAN over the last decade. Dr. Hoadley has received the CFSAN Distinguished Career Service Award. 

John Spink 
is the Director of the Packaging for Food and Product Protection Initiative at Michigan State University (MSU) and a faculty at the MSU School of Packaging. John developed and teaches the graduate classes “Packaging for Food Safety” and “Food Protection & Defense – Packaging Module”, and the “Future of Sustainability.”
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Institute for Food Laws and Regulation
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

2010 IFT Scientific Program Presentation on Import Food Safety

Neal Fortin, Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations (IFLR), will be speaking at the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) upcoming Scientific Program on July 20, 2010.  His 10:30 am session is titled “Managing challenges of import food safety in a global market.” 

The Scientific Program is a food-science focused continuing education forum offering more than 115 education sessions and more than 1,900 technical presentations, each led by experts in their respective fields. This program will be held as part of the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo, July 17-20, in Chicago, Illinois. 

The IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo provides valuable opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues from around the world, learn about the latest consumer trends and product innovations, and make new professional connections, all in one location. The Food Expo alone features more than 800 exhibiting companies and thousands of products. 

The Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Online Master of Science in Food Safety Program, and Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University will be sharing Booth #6219 at the IFT Food Expo. If you’re interested in learning more about the overall event, click here.

We hope to see you in Chicago.

Friday, May 21, 2010

IFPTI Courses

International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI) announced the following courses to be delivered in Battle Creek, Michigan, during July.  The application deadline for these courses is Friday, May 28, 2010.

FDA's Foodborne Illness Investigations, July 20-22, 2010
This course is being offered in collaboration with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), and Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Division of Human Resource Development (DHRD).  This course primarily focuses on the foodborne illness investigation team role with insight to the other team members such as laboratory, environmental and epidemiology departments.  For more information or to apply, please visit

NCBRT's A Coordinated Response to Food Emergencies: Practice and Execution, July 27-28, 2010

This course is being offered in collaboration with the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), and National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT).  This course will provide responders with training on all-hazards food emergency response procedures with an emphasis on enhancing communication to facilitate the response effort. For more information or to apply, please visit

For a complete list of upcoming courses, please visit

Friday, May 14, 2010

Michigan’s agricultural exports

"Michigan's agricultural exports generated more than $1.68 billion in economic activity and supported 19,691 jobs in 2008.  Exports are critical to the expansion of Michigan's $71.3 billion agricultural industry with the state's reliance on agricultural exports at 26%." Donald Kovisto, Director, Michigan Department of Agriculture.


May is "World Trade Month," which is a good time to highlight the importance of agriculture exports to the Michigan economy. To learn more, visit the International Marketing Program website at

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy, Como Lake, Italy

The 2nd EFFL Summer Academy in Global Food law & Policy will be held on July 26-30, 2010, at the beautiful Villa La Collina on the shores of the Como Lake, Italy. Building on the successful previous edition, the academy will offer scientific reflection and discourse on key legal and policy issues in European and World food law as well as information and updates on the latest developments. This will be achieved through a dynamic, informal and highly interactive five-day programme, which includes lectures, presentations, discussion groups and social activities. The faculty of the academy consists of food experts coming from relevant authorities, European and US institutions, academia, legal practice and the industry.


Alberto ALEMANNO Associate Professor of Law HEC, Paris

David BYRNE S.C. Former EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection

Dirk DETKEN Head of the Units Legal & Policy, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

Marsha A. ECHOLS, Director of the World Food Law Institute, Washington D.C.

André EVERS, Food and Veterinary Office, European Commission

Andreas KADI, Chief Science Officer, Red Bull GmbH

Susanne KETTLER, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs Director, Coca-Cola Company

Vittorio SILANO, Chair of the Scientific Committee, European Food Safety Authority



 The summer academy will cover main aspects of the law and policy of food regulation. Thereby, it will give a broad overview on the subject from a legal as well as a public policy point of view. In particular, it will discuss on the following:

- The global and international food regulation (WTO, SPS/Codex Alimentarius, WHO/FAO)

- The State of Play of WTO trade disputes (Hormones II, COOL, Australia Apples, EC-Poultry) and EU Food regulation (Food Supplements, enriched foodstuffs, novel food and Food Improvement Agents Package)

- The emergence of private standards
- Food quality and labelling issues

- The new challenges facing EFSA (Health Claims; Animal Cloning; Safety and claims of botanical) and its relationships with US FDA/USDA

- The risk analysis framework as applied in the food regulation sector

- The system of official controls
- Data sharing, protection and compensation in pre-market approval regimes


Please apply no later than May 30, 2010.
Further information, please visit: 

Monday, May 03, 2010

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