Food Regulation and Policy
About This Class
Concern over the regulation of food originally arose, in large part, because of the work of journalists, such as Upton Sinclair. Sinclair exposed the horrors of food manufacture and processing, in addition to concerns about worker safety. Presently, the United States is experiencing a resurgence in public concern over the safety of our food supply due to biotechnology, pesticide use, unsafe food packaging, additives, poor agency oversight, etc. This course will provide an overview of the field of food regulation, but will also encourage students to challenge our current policies regarding food regulation and consider how to effectively advocate for policy changes. In addition to learning substantive law, students will review FDA guidance, and recent decisions in the field of food regulation.
Method of evaluation: Take-home final exam.