Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Congratulation to Prof. Alemmano

Congratulations to Professor Alberto Alemanno! Well deserved.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

HACCP Certification Short Course at MSU

To all interested in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) Certification, the following course will be offered on Monday and Tuesday, November 24-25, 2014:


This course is a certificate training and is accredited by the International HACCP Alliance. COURSE DIRECTORS: Dr. Jeannine Schweihofer, Dr. Les Bourquin, Dr. Kirk Dolan, Dr. John Partridge

Registration is available at the following website. http://events.anr.msu.edu/HACCP14/

Those interested in taking the course of one credit of FSC 490 may register at the student rate ($175 + cost of credit), need to contact Dr. John A. Partridge, Food Science Advisor, Michigan State University, 517/353-3320; partridg@anr.msu.edu

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Agricultural Law Symposium, November 7

The Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan will be hosting an Agricultural Law Symposium on Friday, November 7th, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, in the Castle Board Room, Law College Building, Michigan State University. 

The purpose of the symposium is to encourage student contribution to the field of agricultural and food law by providing a forum for students to present papers to professionals in the agricultural and food law community. Light lunch will be served. Please email events@law.msu.edu if you plan to attend.

More information is available at: http://www.michbar.org/aglaw/

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Presentation: A Tangled Web: Social Network Models of Food Toxin Standards Worldwide, and Impacts on Trade and Health

The Center for Integrative Toxicology presents 
Felicia Wu, Ph.D.
John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, to speak on:

"A Tangled Web: Social Network Models of Food Toxin Standards Worldwide, and Impacts on Trade and Health,” 
Friday, October 31, 2014
 12:30 p.m.
MSU, 162 Food Safety and Toxicology Building

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Enroll now to transfer 12 IFLR credits to the Master Degree in Global Food Law

Don't miss a great opportunity at the MSU College of Law for you to continue your studies and work toward a Global Food Law Master Degree. You can read more about the program at www.globalfood.law.msu.edu or email Andrea Besley, the program coordinator, at abesley@law.msu.edu.

This is the last semester when up to 12 credits earned in IFLR courses may transfer towards a Global Food Law master degree. Those enrolling in the masters' program after January 1, 2015, will only be able to transfer 9 credits from IFLR (making it consistent with other graduate program policies at MSU).

The spring semester application deadline is December 1, 2014. Classes begin January 12, 2015.  
Course offerings for spring 2015:
  • Foundations of Law and Legal Research
  • Administrative Law: Food Safety and Labeling
  • Codex Alimentarius
  • Food Regulation in the U.S.
  • International Food Laws and Regulations
  • Regulation of Agricultural Production and Marketing
  • Food Regulations in Canada
  • Food Regulations in the European Union
A Master of Laws (LL.M.) is available for students who have earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.)  A Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) is availalble for those who do not have a law degree, such as doctoral students in other disciplines, policymakers, government officials, business executives, scientists, and other professionals. 

Ready to apply?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Lecture: Food, Policy and Behavioral Economics: Why Choice Matters and Why it Doesn’t

David R. Just will present a lecture, "Food, Policy and Behavioral Economics: Why Choice Matters and Why it Doesn’t," 6:00 pm Monday, September 29, 2014, at  the the University Club of Michigan State University.

David R. Just is Director, Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, and Professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, at Cornell University.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Regulating Lifestyle Risks: The EU, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets

IFLR instructor Alberto Alemanno has produced another important book in the field, Regulating Lifestyle Risks: The EU, Alcohol, Tobacco and Unhealthy Diets

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

2014 Food Law and Policy Career Guide

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Harvard Food Law Society 2014 Food Law and Policy Career Guide is now available. The guide provides examples of career opportunities for lawyers at universities, government, non-governmental organizations (both domestic and international), law firms, consulting firms, as well as listservs for folks interested in learning more about food law and policy. 

MSU will host the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety

The Center for Research on Ingredient Safety (CRIS) is an independent, academic science-based center. CRIS will serve as a reliable and unbiased source for information, research, training and analysis on the safe use of chemical ingredients in consumer packaged goods including foods, beverages, cosmetics, and household consumer products. 

"Michigan State University has what may be the largest and most diverse cohort of faculty in the nation working directly on food and consumer product safety issues, and the university has great strength in the discipline of toxicology," said Fred Poston, dean of MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. "It is natural that a national center devoted to food and consumer product ingredient safety will be located at MSU."

To learn more click here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Student Agriculture Law and Food Law Paper Contest

The Agricultural Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan is proud to present the first 
Student Agricultural Law Symposium
Symposium Date: November 7, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m. (lunch included)
Location: Michigan State University College of Law, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824 

Submission Deadline: Postmarked/emailed on or before September 30, 2014
Paper Topic: Agricultural or Food Law Issue
Awards: First Place: $500 Second Place: $250 Third Place: $100

Eligibility: Current law students and recent graduates (graduated Spring 2013 or later) from law schools in Michigan. Students attending any of Michigan’s law schools are welcome to submit a paper.

Symposium Purpose: To encourage student contribution to the field of agricultural and food law by providing a forum for students to present papers to professionals in the agricultural and food law community.

Symposium Format: Students who submitted the top papers will be chosen to present at the symposium. 15-minute presentation to a panel of judges made up of professionals in Michigan's agricultural and food law community; 5-minute question/answer session. Judges will choose a first, second and third place winner.

Submission Guidelines: Students are invited to submit a paper 20/30 pages in length (minimum 5000 words) on an agricultural or food law topic. Students may submit a paper written for a law school seminar or directed research. A review committee will review and select the best papers evidencing relevancy to Michigan agriculture and food industry, quality of research and writing clarity. Students who submitted the top papers will be invited to present at the symposium.
Students are to submit papers to Sarah Harwood. Students should not put their name on their paper but should instead include the last four digits of their phone number on each page. Submit a cover sheet that contains name and contact information, including telephone number. If submitting electronically, include this information in your email.

Sarah Harwood
Abbott, Nicholson, Quilter, Esshaki & Youngblood, P.C. 300 River Place, Suite 3000
Detroit, MI 48207-4225 SLHarwood@abbottnicholson.com

Please contact Kristiana Coutu, State Bar of Michigan Agricultural Law Section Chair kmcoutu@varnumlaw.com or Brad Deacon, Adjunct Professor (Agriculture Law), Michigan State University College of Law bradleyndeacon@yahoo.com.

Symposium Registration: Symposium is free and open to all. Details can also be found on the Agricultural Law Section Website http://www.michbar.org/aglaw.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

FDA ONLDS Director Opening

The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) is seeking interested candidates for the Director, Office of Nutrition, Labeling and Dietary Supplements (ONLDS). More information is available here.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Visiting Scholar, John Bowman, USAID

On April 9, Dr. John Bowman of USAID's Bureau of Food Security will give a lecture at 4 pm in 1135 Anthony, titled: "A career in international agriculture and food security: From the fields to industry to USAID."

Monday, March 24, 2014

Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation

Registration for conference, “Food Fight: An Examination of Recent Trends in Food Litigation and Where We Go From Here,” is now open.  The conference will take place at UCLA on Friday, April 11th, 2014. 

Registration includes entrance into the conference, light breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception. UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider and this activity qualifies for 6.25 hours of general MCLE credit. Neal Fortin, Director or the MSU Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, is one of the speakers.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit the website at www.law.ucla.edu/foodlawconference.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact: resnickprogram@law.ucla.edu

Thursday, January 23, 2014


The International and Comparative Dimension of Food Law

Date: Friday, February 21th, 2014
Time: 9.30-12.30


Umberto IzzoMatteo Ferrari (University of Trento)

Neal Fortin (Professor and Director, Institute for Food Laws & Regulations, Michigan State University)
The Perils of Comparative Food Law:  The United States and the European Union

Martin Holle (Professor for Food Law and Administrative Law at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences)
The Consumer Paradigm in Food Law: Time for a Change?

Francesco Planchenstainer (PhD, Cattolica University of Piacenza, Lawtech Trento)
Legal Responses to Food Safety Emergencies and Crises: A Comparative Assessment of U.S. and E.U. Law  

For more information, visit here

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