Friday, November 18, 2022

Food Labeling Workshop Presented by the MSU Institute for Food Laws and Regulations

Date: March 7–8, 2023 

Location: Orlando, Florida 

Hotel: DoubleTree Suites Resort at Disney Springs (an official Disney hotel) 


Register Early and Save! 

The early bird registration price is US $1,195.00 and through December 20, 2022

+ $100 after December 20, 2022 (US $1,295.00) 

+ $100 after February 7, 2023 (US $1,395.00)

Click here to register using a credit card 
You may register multiple participants in one transaction.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Insight into the USDA’s labeling regulations, policies, and enforcement priorities 
  • Clarity regarding new and proposed rules and how to ensure compliance with our products 
  • Become more efficient in designing and reviewing labels 
  • Bring this knowledge home to increase your team’s overall knowledge

Topics Include 

  • Overview of agencies & laws 
  • Principal display panels 
  • Naming products 
  • Information panels 
  • Food allergens 
  • Overview of USDA-FSIS labeling requirements 
  • Nutrition Facts 
  • Nutrient content claims 
  • Health claims and health-related claims 
  • Scientific substantiation of claims 
  • Credence claims and conditional claims 
  • FDA perspective, food labeling activities 
  • Practical applications 
  • Current issues, latest updates, and hot topics

Hotel & Disney Ticket Information 

The Hilton DoubleTree Resort is an official Disney Hotel within walking distance of Disney Springs. A small number of rooms have been reserved at our negotiated room rate of US $189.00/night + taxes. This includes a parking discount, waived resort fee, and a free shuttle to Disney Theme Parks. Evening, half-day, and discount tickets to Disney theme parks are available for purchase through the DoubleTree. Learn more here.

Contact Andrea Besley, Tel: 517–884–0608 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

The new edition of Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice has been published

The third edition of Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice has been published. The book presents an appetizing menu of all key aspects of United States food regulation.  Incomparably comprehensive yet remaining accessible to all readers, the text connects legal theory to practical application. The third edition is fully updated to reflect significant changes in US food law. 

For more information, visit: 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Food Regulation, 2nd edition, is now available!

The second edition of Food Regulation is now available.  It contains over 25 percent new material, particularly a rewritten import law chapter and revisions related to food safety regulation, health claims, and food defense. The text provides an in-depth discussion of the federal statutes, regulations, and agencies involved in food regulation. After an introduction to the history of food regulation, it covers current food regulations, inspection and enforcement, international law, and more. 

With explanation of the policies and food science behind the law, the text is designed for both food scientists and lawyers. Yet the book remains accessible to students and professionals alike. This is an excellent text for food science and food law and a practical reference for food industry professionals, consultants, and others. 

I hope you find it appetizing. If you would like more information, the Table of Contents is available here.  A copy of Chapter One is available here.  
To order from the publisher, click here. 
To order from Amazon, click here
To order the iBook, click here

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

>> Hurry, registration is limited!~

Food Law Current Issues Seminar
Michigan State University        East Lansing, Michigan

July 12-14, 2016

The MSU Food Law Current Issues Seminar provides practical education on current food legal and regulatory issues. The seminar covers cutting edge issues in international, transnational, and national food law and policy including FDA and E.U. food ingredient and safety regulations, U.S. advertising and labelling law, and globalized supply chain liabilities and management strategies. Speakers from the legal, food industry, and academic professions will present practical food law information and case studies.

This seminar is for a global audience in food regulatory work, including industry regulatory affairs, quality assurance, government officials, the legal community, advertising and marketing professionals, academics, and policy makers.

The course is offered in a collegial, intimate learning environment. Time will be allowed for questions and answers as well as informal discussions over lunch and coffee. In addition to the educational sessions, social activities are planned on a voluntary basis.

The cost for the course is $1345 until May 15th; after May 15th registration will be $1545.

For more information, click here

The Faculty

P. Vincent Hegarty PhD, Founding Director/Professor Emeritus, MSU, Institute for Food Laws and Regulation

Elizabeth H. Dickinson, JD, Chief Counsel to the FDA [invited]

Leslie Bourquin, PhD, Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University

Stuart Pape, JD, Shareholder, Polsinelli

Charles Breen, Senior Consultant, EAS Consulting Group

Ken Odza, JD, Corporate Counsel, Food Safety, Kellogg Company

Robert Prevendar, MPH, Managing Director, Global Supply Chain Food Safety, NSF International

Daniel Dwyer, JD, Partner, Kleinfeld, Kaplan and Becker, LLP

Tim Slawinski, Emerging Issues Specialist, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Howard Sklamberg JD, Deputy Commissioner for Global Regulatory Operations and Policy, FDA [invited]

Francesco Planchenstainer, JD, PhD, Senior Regulatory & Food Law Specialist at Mead Johnson Nutrition

Robert Hollingworth, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, Michigan State University

Bill Marler, JD, Managing Partner, Marler Clark

Hannah Chanoine, JD, Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers; Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia University School of Law

Jennifer McEntire, PhD, VP, Science Operations, Grocery Manufacturers Association

John Spink, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of the Food Fraud Initiative, Michigan State University

Shawn Stevens, JD, Food Industry Counsel LLC

Adam Ekonomon, JD, Director and Assistant General Counsel, Marketing and Regulatory, The J. M. Smucker Company

Mary Engle, JD, Associate Director for Advertising Practices at Federal Trade Commission

Kimberly Wingfeld, Director, Science Policy, Labeling and Standards, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Latasha Robinson, Branch Chief of Labeling and Dietary Supplement Compliance, FDA [invited]

Steve Steinborn, JD, Hogan Lovells, U.S., LLP

 Learn more about IFLR at: 

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Global Food Law Research Fellow at Michigan State University

The Institute for Food Laws and Regulations in cooperation with the Global Food Law Masters Program at Michigan State University has hired Michaela Oldfield, an interdisciplinary social scientist and lawyer with research interests in public-private regulatory regimes, as its new global research fellow.
Oldfield earned a Ph.D. in Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies at MSU and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. While completing her dissertation, she taught food and agricultural law courses as an adjunct professor for the MSU College of Law.

Oldfield’s research interest is in how to develop regulatory systems that effectively address diverse stakeholders’ concerns within complex, dynamic, globalized systems. She draws on several disciplines, including sociology, public policy,
law and others, to understand the emergence and operation of public and private agri-food governance regimes.

Her dissertation research examined how stakeholders influenced the enactment and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how the United States’ food safety regulatory systems is shaped by and will shape private systems of food safety standards and third party audits.
“Michaela had demonstrated excellence in her prior and ongoing research, and I’m very pleased that she accepted this position,” said Neal Fortin, director of the Global Food Law program and the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations. “Her recent work on the Food Safety and Modernization Act, as well as governance of food safety in the U.S., is not only timely but critically important in light of recent rules issued by the Food and Drug Administration.”

As the global research fellow, Oldfield will help coordinate a workshop in July 2016 on global food law issues and will contribute regular blog posts on a variety of current topics, in addition to her ongoing research.

“The Global Food Law Program continues to strengthen MSU’s position as one of the world’s foremost food universities,” said Melanie Jacobs, associate dean for graduate and international programs for the College of Law. “Michaela’s contribution to our summer workshop and our social media commentary will help elevate the program’s digital profile and professional outreach.”
Oldfield earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 2009. She is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association and the Agriculture Food and Human Values Society.

About the Michigan State University Global Food Law program: Attorneys and those with a J.D. from an American institution enroll in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. Those without a prior law degree, such as food industry professionals, enroll in the Master of Jurisprudence (M.J.) program. LL.M. and M.J. students study together, making for lively multidisciplinary discussion. Students complete the program in about three years if they take one course per semester and study year-round. The program is entirely online so students need not take a leave of absence from work or relocate to pursue their master’s degree. Learn more at

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Journal of Food Law & Policy: Call for Submissions

The Journal of Food Law & Policy is seeking article submissions.

For ten years, the Journal has been a leading voice in the food law and policy movement, publishing legal scholarship on a wide variety of food law issues. While some articles have reflected the traditional food and drug law approach and presented excellent regulatory analysis, more typically, the articles have presented a look beyond this. They have discussed the most relevant current food policy issues, often with a systemic perspective that transcends the legal academy's traditional approach. The Journal strives for excellent scholarship with "real world" significance -  a mission appropriate for the one area of law that touches everyone in the world -  food.

The Journal's leadership role and its tenth anniversary were noted by authors Baylen Linnekin (Keep Food Legal) and Emily Broad Lieb (Harvard's Food Law and Policy Clinic) in their recent article, Food Law & Policy: The Fertile Field's Origins & First Decade. It was published at 2014 Wisc. L. Rev. 557 last Spring.  A companion video, Food Law & Policy describes the emerging discipline, interviews leaders in the field, and credits the Journal for its innovation.

The Journal of Food Law & Policy continues to be the only student-edited U.S. law journal focused exclusively on food law and policy issues. Journal articles are available on both Westlaw and Hein On Line, and a new web site will soon post past issues for download.  Regular features include food law updates from the United States, the European Union, and Canada. The Journal is published twice a year and is edited by some of the top law students at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

This year's Editor in Chief is A. Jordan Broyles. In a new development, the Journal is working with the LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law, adding an LL.M. Advisor to its leadership team. LL.M. candidate Justin Crawley has agreed to serve in this capacity and has already begun work with the Journal staff.  Justin received his from J.D. from Appalachian School of Law where he served as Senior Editor of the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal and was the recipient of “Exceptional Service Award” for outstanding performance on a student publication.  Justin also served as the President and Chief of the Executive Board of the Environmental Law Society. His leadership and support will be very helpful to Jordan and her staff.

Please consider submitting your publication to the Journal. There may be an opportunity include additional articles in the Fall issue, offering a very prompt production schedule.  Submission can be made through ExPresso or by direct delivery via e-mail to  Written submissions can be sent to the address below.  Please include a brief abstract and CV or resume with each submission.

Journal of Food Law and Policy
University of Arkansas School of Law
1045 West Maple Street
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Conference Announcement: "Transparency in the Global Food System: How Much Information and to What Ends?"

Dates: October 24-25, 2014  

Location: UCLA Faculty Center

The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law and The Food Law Lab at Harvard Law School have partnered to host the UCLA-Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Conference, a joint annual conference that will focus on transparency issues in the food system from a legal perspective.

Event Description:

Every day brings increasing media coverage, intensified citizen concern and political focus to the problems of our food system, accompanied by a building consensus on the need to address the known challenges. But, the factors shaping our current food system and their implications are often opaque and difficult to analyze, due to both the complexity and lack of transparency in our system. This conference will examine these issues: the meaning of transparency in food law and policy, how consumers use and misuse information about the food system, and the limits of information as a policy tool.
Dr. David A. Kessler, former Commissioner of the United States Food and Drug Administration and currently a Professor at the University of California, San Francisco Medical School, will deliver the conference keynote address on October 24th. In addition, as part of UCLA Food Day events, a screening and panel discussion of the documentary Food Chains will be held in the evening following the conference.
Closing the event, an academic workshop, spearheaded by presentations by Professors Susan A. Schneider, Neil Hamilton, and Steven D. Sugarman, will be held on Saturday, October 25th to discuss the future of food law teaching and scholarship.
Limited travel stipends of up to $200 are available to professors or fellows on on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested, please email Randi Kusumi,<>, as soon as possible.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Vermont Professor Laurie Beyranevand on the Vermont GMO Legislation

Foodlaw Professors member, Professor Laurie Beyranevand from Vermont Law School was interviewed on NPR about the recent passage of a GMO labeling requirement in Vermont.  Here's a link to the podcast:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

USDA Secretary Vilsack Visits Drake University Ag Law Center

Neil Hamilton at Drake University School of Law is often credited with being the first agricultural law scholar to write about the connections between food and agriculture and to work for a more integrated, sustainable approach to these topics.

Here's an update from Drake:

U.S. Secretary Tom Vilsack visited the Drake University Agricultural Law Center on April 22nd to meet with Prof. Neil Hamilton, Director of the Center, to discuss current projects and to reaffirm the historic relation between USDA and Drake University.  Secretary Vilsack was a visiting professor at Drake during the Spring of 2007.  He is pictured here with Prof. Hamilton and other members of the Agricultural Law Center staff, Matt Russell, Jenny Zwagerman, Poppy Davis and Ed Cox.

Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship

Given the close connections between environmental law and food law & policy, this colloquium will likely be of interest to readers.

Thank you to Laurie Beyranevand for providing information about this opportunity.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Vermont Law School will host the Fifth Annual Colloquium on Environmental Scholarship on October 4, 2014. This event offers environmental law scholars the opportunity to present their works-in-progress, to get feedback from their colleagues, and to meet and interact with those who are also teaching and researching in the areas of environmental and natural resources law, or any related specialty areas.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at the Colloquium, please submit a working title and short abstract, using the online form here, no later than June 1, 2014. For an abstract to be eligible for submission, the author must anticipate that the paper will still be at a revisable stage (neither published nor so close to publication that significant changes are not feasible) by the date of the Colloquium. We will do our best to include all interested presenters, and will notify authors about acceptances no later than July 1, 2014.

All selected participants will be required to submit a paper draft no later than September 20, 2014, and all participants will be asked to provide commentary on another participant's paper draft at the Colloquium. Final papers will also be eligible for publication in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law.

The Colloquium panels will take place on Saturday, October 4.  Vermont Law School's Environmental Law Center and its faculty will host a cocktail reception the night before in the Hanover area and a dinner on Saturday evening, at Vermont Law School.  There will be an optional field trip on Sunday, consisting of a hike in the Upper Valley region, if weather permits.  Further Colloquium details regarding the schedule, events, lodging, and transportation will be forthcoming, and will be posted here as available.  For those who are unfamiliar with South Royalton's location, we are approximately 2 hours from Boston by car. The closest airports serviced by major airlines are Burlington, VT, Manchester, NH, and Boston Logan. There is a small local airport in Lebanon, NH with flights to and from the NYC area and Boston Logan, serviced by Cape Air. In addition, there is train service to White River Junction on Amtrak, as well as a luxury bus service from Boston provided by the Dartmouth Coach.

For more information on the Colloquium, or if you need assistance uploading your abstract, please contact Courtney Collins at or at (802) 831-1371.


Hillary M. Hoffmann
Professor of Law
Vermont Law School

Monday, April 21, 2014

Vermont Summer Program: Food and Ag Offerings

For more information, contact: 
Laurie Ristino, Director
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems
Vermont Law School

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Professor Nicole Civita Speaks on Legal Issues and Food Recovery

Professor Nicole Civita, Visiting Assistant Professor in the LL.M Program and Director of the Food Recovery Project, participated in the inaugural Food Waste & Hunger Summit on April 5 & 6 at Northwestern University.  Professor Civita is author of the popular publication, Food Recovery: A Legal Guide.

Professor Civita presented an hour-long plenary address on the legal aspects of food recovery and fielded many excellent questions about liability protection, preemption, tax incentives, and state-by-state nuances related to regulation of donated food.

The uniformly positive feedback on this session once again demonstrated the value of educating anti-hunger activists and food recovery advocates about the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act.

Below is access to Professor Civita’s interactive presentation slides.

The Food Recovery Project is an initiative funded by two generous gifts from the Women's Giving Circle at the University of Arkansas.  Last year, the Women's Giving Circle funded the drafting of Food Recovery: A Legal Guide and its companion article for lawyers, The Legal Guide to the Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act  by James Haley (2013 Ark. L. Notes 1448).  This year, they are funding continued work in this area, including the Food Recovery Project blog.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Internship Opportunities in Agriculture and Food Law

This post summarizes an interesting thread on the Food Law Professors Listserv regarding internship opportunities. In an effort to pull these resources into one area, we've posted them below. Please feel free to share.

Center for Food Safety has occasional internship opportunities, though they might have been filled already.

And there's also Marler Clark, a plaintiff side food safety firm,

The Harvard food law student Association website lists over 500 organizations with jobs.

Google Food Lion internship.

Tuft's comfoodjob listserv often has advocacy and policy internships. The link for subscribing to this service is:

Farmers’ Legal Action Group in Saint Paul often uses summer interns. Their website is

Harvard's Food Policy Clinic publishes a career guide that may be helpful. Its available at

The LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law runs a blog that posts employment opportunities, and sometimes internships are posted as well.  It is at

In addition to the Center for Food Safety's offices in Washington, D.C., Oregon and in San Francisco, other suggestions include the following organizations:

- Sierra Club
- Consumer's League
- Food and Water Watch
- Friends of the Earth
- Environmental Integrity Project

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Foundations of Food Law & Policy: Ten Years of European Food Safety Authority

We are pleased to announce the publication of Foundations of EU Food Law & Policy: Ten Years of European Food Safety Authority co-edited by Alberto Alemanno and Simone Gabbi.

This volume presents the viewpoints of academics, food lawyers, industry and consumer representatives as well as those of EU policymakers on the first ten years of activity of one of the most prominent European agencies. Its broader purpose, however, is to discuss the future role played by EFSA within the rapidly-evolving area of EU food law and policy. By revisiting and discussing the milestones in the history of EFSA, the collection provides forward-looking views of food leaders and practitioners on the future scientific and regulatory challenges facing the European Union. In particular, by presenting a critical assessment of the agency’s activities within its different areas of work, the book offers readers a set of innovative tools for evaluating policy recommendations and better equips experts and the public to address pressing regulatory issues in this emotive area of law and policy. Despite its celebratory mood, the book’s focus is more about the future than the past of EU food law and policy. Each chapter discusses how EFSA’s role has evolved and identifies what it should have done differently while presenting an overall assessment of how the agency has discharged its mandate.

The full content list is available from the Publisher, Ashgate.  The book can be purchased from Amazon.   It has received excellent reviews:

“This book presents a comprehensive review and analysis of the origin, history, and accomplishments of the first decade of the European Food Safety Authority, by an impressive group of experts. It is an essential volume for anyone interested in Food Law and its Politics.”
Peter Barton Hutt, Harvard Law School

“I have found it quite surprising that the EFSA, an institution that is eminently relevant to our everyday life, has remained the domaine reservé of a few researchers. And yet, this is a meeting point for the scientist, the political economist, and the lawyer. The editors of this volume belong to the exclusive club of experts, as they have already produced an impressive volume of rigorous work in this area. It is only natural then, that they gathered around them a ‘dream team’ of policy makers and researchers to produce this unique volume that discusses in exacting manner the EFSA on its own, and through a comparative angle along with institutions in other parts of the world entrusted with similar mandate. The end product offers not only a fresh perspective on the ‘internal’  workings of the EFSA, but also a comprehensive view of the institution as seen from the perspective of other European agencies interacting with EFSA. Alberto Alemanno and Simone Gabbi should be credited for producing an excellent book on the law, policy, and polity of the EFSA. This is a very timely publication, and yet one which will remain actual for many years to come.”
Petros C. Mavroidis, European University Institute, Florence

“This book is a fascinating read for anyone dealing with food law and policy. Its topic represents at the same time a valuable case-study of regulatory and administrative law in action. An impressive team of authors sketches law, procedure, science and multi-level politics surrounding the past decade of food regulation in the EU.  The book focuses on national, European and international regulatory cooperation, as well as it dealing with topics on the fault line of law, scientific based risk regulation and political sensitivities. This combination raises a host of questions relevant well beyond the next decade of food regulation and modern public law.”

Herwig Hoffmann, Professor of EU Law and Transnational Law at the University of Luxembourg

“This comprehensive edited volume makes an important contribution to the study and understanding  of EU food law and the shaping of food policy with a central focus on the European Food Safety Authority.   It contains a unique mixture of in-depth study, practical insights and critical analysis and gives food for thought on future challenges. I strongly recommend this impressive book to all academics and practitioners who study, and work with,  EU food law and policy.”

Ellen Vos, Maastricht Centre for European Law, Faculty of Law, Maastricht University. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Annual AALS Section Meeting: Innovations in Teaching Food Law and Policy

Happy 2014. Thank you to all who attended the very exciting panel held past week at the AALS annual meeting in New York regarding integrating food law into law schools' curricula.  Speakers included Susan A. Schneider (Director, LL.M. Program in Agricultural & Food Law, University of Arkansas), Michael Roberts (Executive Director, Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy, UCLA), Alli Condra (Fellow, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic). 

Initially, the discussion focused on how each of these programs approaches teaching food law and policy, predominately with a focus on connecting laws governing food production with sustainability and public health concerns. Also flagged was the need for more intensive scholarly work regarding the legal framework of food regulation domestically, the racial and socio-economic impacts of food law, and the implications of food and food systems in the context of laws regulating international trade and export.

One consistent thread emerged: food is everything-- meaning every kind of law, in all types of practice-- and the opportunities to explore food law and policy in the law school setting are varied and compelling. Some schools have taken on helping small food related business through providing practical how-to publications or support through their transactional legal services clinics. Some professors teach food law through courses like administrative law where they draw heavily on food related case law and regulations. Others are engaging with international food law through direct services; at Wake Forest, Barbara Lentz led a team of students this month to Nicaragua to help local farmers meet certification requirements for U.S. food imports.

In addition to a lively and energizing discussion, a few follow up points emerged:

  1. CALL FOR SYLLABI: In the Q & A session there was If you teach a food law course, whether survey, seminar, traditional course with a focus on food law, please post your syllabus for interested parties to consult and consider in making up their own classes. 
  2. UPCOMING CONFERENCES:  UCLA’s Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy will be hosting a Food Law Litigation Symposium this April, dates to TBD.  The Resnick Program also plans a larger scale conference on food law in the fall of 2014.
  3. NEW ASSOCIATION: We are in the early stages of forming a Food Law and Policy Association.  If you are interested in being a founding member, please email