Wednesday, March 18, 2015

2015 Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy

The 2015 Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy will take place from Monday 20 July to Friday 24 July 2015 in Bilbao, Spain. This is a preview of the program. 

Key Note address: “Appetite for Change: Tackling Undernourishment, Micronutrient Deficiency and Obesity”
Hilal Elver- UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Food Trade
Alberto Alemanno- Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law, HEC Paris and Global Clinical Professor, NYU School of Law

The Obesity Challenge: What Role for the Law in the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases?
Amandine Garde- Professor of Law at the University of Liverpool

The Perils of Comparative Food Law: Convergence, Divergence, and Complexity in US and EU Food Law
Neal Fortin- Director of Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, Michigan State University College of Law

Food Fraud: Guilty or Innocent?
Gilles Boin- Partner at Product Law Firm

Bridging the Gap between Behavioural and Experimental Policymaking and Obesity: Unleashing the Power of Peers for Healthy Nutrition
Pelle Guldborg Hansen- Founder of iNudgeyou and Professor Director of ISSP at Roskilde University

The Protection of Food-Related Geographical Indications in the Global Village: The TRIPS regime and the Battle between the Old World and the New World
Enrico Bonadio- Senior Lecturer in Law, City University London

Food   safety   expert   panel:   A   comparison   between   the   United   States,   the  European Union, Japan, and China
European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) presentation

And many more sessions and speakers to be announced.

For a more detailed preview of the program click here

Friday, March 06, 2015

Summer Enrollment Now Open

Explore online graduate degrees in Global Food Law from the nation's premier food university, Michigan State University.

Apply now for the summer or fall semester at
  • Get the tools you need to navigate a rapidly changing industry.
  • Flexible online program for lawyers and food industry professionals.
  • Applied courses in global food law and regulation taught by expert MSU faculty and practitioners. 
Summer semester: Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Classes begin May 18.
Fall semester: Application deadline is June 1, 2015. Classes begin August 17.

Summer 2015 course offerings:
  • Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer and Conservation
  • Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
  • Food Regulations in Asia
Full curriculum and course descriptions available at

Tuition is $950 per credit hour. M.J. students must complete a minimum of 26 credits to graduate. LL.M. students with a J.D. must complete 24 credits to graduate.

Ready to apply? Apply online at

Questions? Please contact Andrea Besley, Global Food Law Program Coordinator, at or 517-432-6963.

Through our M.J. program, food industry professionals who do not have a law degree gain an understanding of common legal and regulatory issues.
Through our LL.M. program, associate attorneys who are new to food law can quickly gain the background to research food law issues and at a flexible pace with convenient hours. Seasoned attorneys can both refresh their knowledge on substantive law topics and receive updates on developments in global food law. 

MSU College of Law Global Food Law Programs
648 North Shaw Lane, Room 364
East Lansing, MI USA 48824

Friday, October 24, 2014

EU Food Law Handbook

The EU Food Law Handbook edited by Bernd van der Meulen was published in September 2014. Bernd van der Meulen is respected scholar in EU food law, and he includes an outstanding ensemble of knowledgeable experts, like Martin Holle (Nutrition Policy in the European Union), Cecilia Kuhn and Francesco Montanari (Importing food into the EU), and others.

From the introduction: "This ‘EU Food Law Handbook’ presents the most significant elements of these legal developments with contributions from a highly qualified team of academics and practitioners. Their analysis is based on a shared vision of the structure and content of EU food law. The book takes the perspective of food law embedded within general EU law. It highlights the consequences of this combination and provides insights into both substantive and procedural food law.

"Taking the General Food Law as a focal point, this handbook analyses and explains the institutional, substantive and procedural elements of EU food law. Principles are discussed as well as specific rules addressing food as a product, the processes related to food and communication about food to consumers through labelling. These rules define requirements on subjects like market authorisation for food additives, novel foods and genetically modified foods, food hygiene, tracking & tracing, withdrawal & recall. The powers of public authorities to enforce food law and to deal with incidents are outlined. Attention is given to the international context (WTO, Codex Alimentarius) as well as to private standards.

"In addition to the systematic analysis, the book includes selected topics such as nutrition and health policy, special foods, food import requirements, food contact materials, intellectual property and animal feed.

“The ‘EU Food Law Handbook’ is produced in co-operation with the European Institute for Food Law. It is relevant for practitioners and academics both with and without a background in law. It is ideal for education purposes.”

The EU Food Law Handbook can be purchased here.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ukraine adopts new food legislation to align with the EU

On September 15, 2014, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed Law No. 1602 VII on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine related to Food Products.   The law establishes a new wording for the Law of Ukraine on the Safety and Quality of Food. Ukraine Law No. 1602 VII appears intended to align Ukraine’s food legislation with the food law of the EU.

On 16 September 16, 2014, the Parliaments of the EU and Ukraine ratified the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement (EUAA). The new Ukraine food law appears relevant in the light of the EUAA, Article 474, which provides that the Ukraine will carry-out a gradual approximation of its legislation to EU law.
Article 1 of the Law on Food Safety contains provisions on the safety of food, traceability; risk analysis (defined as a process consisting of three interconnected components: risk assessment, risk management and risk communication), the system of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), food supplements,  and novel foods.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

New Publication by the WTO: The History and Future of the World Trade Organization

The History and Future of the World Trade Organization is a comprehensive account of the economic, political and legal issues surrounding the creation of the WTO and its evolution. Fully illustrated with color and black-and-white photos dating back to the early days of trade negotiations, the publication reviews the WTO's achievements as well as the challenges faced by the organization, and identifies the key questions that WTO members need to address in the future.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

GMO Infographic from axismundionline

AAAS (October 2012) Statement by the AAAS Board of Directors On Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods, Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
AMA (2001) Bioengineered (Genetically Engineered) Crops and Foods, Available online at: (accessed 5thApril 2014)
WHO (2012) 20 questions on genetically modified foods. Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
NAS (2004) Safety of Genetically Engineered Foods: Approaches to Assessing Unintended Health Effects. Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
RSM (2008) Genetically modified plants and human health, Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
EC (2010) A decade of EU-funded GMO research. Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
ACSH (2000) BIOTECHNOLOGY AND FOOD. Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
ASPB (Date Unknown) Statement on Plant Genetic Engineering. Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
ASCB (Date Unknown) ASCB Statement in Support of Research on Genetically Modified Organisms. Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
ASM (2000) Statement of the American Society for Microbiology on Genetically Modified Organisms Available online at: (accessed 5th April 2014)
CSSA (2001) CSSA PERSPECTIVE ON BIOTECHNOLOGY. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
WSF (2005) Genetically Modified Crops and Plant Breeding. Available online at: 10th April 2014)
CAST (2005) Crop Biotechnology and the Future of Food: A Scientific Assessment. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
SIVB (2011) POSITION STATEMENT ON CROP GENETIC ENGINEERING. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
IAS () Position statement on biotechnology. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
FASS (date unknown) FASS Facts: On Biotech Crops – Impact on Meat, Milk and Eggs. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
14 Italian Science Organisations (2004) Sicurezza alimentare e OGM: Consensus Document. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
SOT (2003) The Safety of Genetically Modified Foods Produced through Biotechnology. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
TWAS (2000) Transgenic Plants and World Agriculture. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
FAS (2002) Les plantes génétiquement modifies. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
UDDADW (2006) InterAcademy Panel Initiative on Genetically Modified Organisms. Available online at: (accessed 10th April 2014)
ISCU (2003) New Genetics, Food and Agriculture: Scientific Discoveries – Societal Dilemas. Available online at: (accessed April 10th 2014)

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Horse meat again

New case of horse meat has been discovered in a Dutch slaughterhouse.