Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR)

Institute for Food Laws and Regulations (IFLR)

Online International Food Laws and Regulations Training

International Food Laws and Regulations, FSC 810, Section 730. This is a 3 credit hour, graduate level, Internet-based, college course offered by Michigan State University designed for those who must understand the legal and regulatory complexities of the flow of food and agricultural products across national boundaries. International Food Laws and Regulations is one in our series of region-specific, Internet-based, food law courses comprising our International Food Law Certificate Program sponsored by the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations through the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and the College of  Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. or email

The Lead Instructor is Neal D. Fortin, Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University, who is joined by an international faculty of food law and food industry professionals located throughout the world who will be available to you through the course discussion forum, course messages, email, real time chat engines, telephone or fax to answer your questions.  There is also a Course Manager Mary Anne Verleger, who will be your primary contact throughout the course and will be available to help with any and all concerns regarding this course. 

The objective of this course is to provide the student with an overview of the systems of food regulation practiced in different regions of the world including some of the cultural and social-economic factors which influence the regulation of food products in the specific region including issues such as genetic modification, importation, exportation, food additives, and regulatory compliance.

The course is taught in a series of sections or ' Modules'.  Most modules lasts one week and represent the food laws of a specific geographic region or a specific topic.  Each week a new module is uploaded.  Students will have ten days to read the materials and complete the assignment.  Once uploaded, the Modules remain online throughout the duration of the course so you can always go back in case you miss a week or need to refer to a specific topic.  

Here’s a sample Index of the Modules in this course.  The list of Module topics may change with each semester.

  • Module One  Getting Started in a Web Course
  • Module Two International Food Regulation and Regulatory Agencies
  • Module Three Comparative Law and Critical Analysis
  • Module Four Food Regulation in the United States  
  • Module Five Food Regulation in the European Union
  • Module Six Food Regulation in the United Kingdom  
  • Module Seven Food Regulation in Latin America  
  • Module Eight Food Safety Governance Comparative Study
  • Module Nine Food Regulation in Japan
  • Module Ten Food Regulation in India
  • Module Eleven Case Study: 'The Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods in the European Union'
  • Module Twelve International Food Law and Risk Regulation  
  • Module Thirteen International Food Law - Course Review and Final Examination
  • Module Fourteen Course Evaluation

Your assignments will be due the following week and can be submitted automatically using our course assignment drop box feature or by email, fax or snail mail.  Grades are posted electronically and sent to you by email.  Class participation is accomplished by means of synchronous and asynchronous Internet communication technologies such as written discussion forums and course messsages.

It should take an average of nine to twelve hours per week to complete a module. You simply go online and a new module will be waiting each week.  Read the materials, explore the hyperlinked and other Internet-based resources, complete the assignment, upload it in the course assignment drop box, and you’re done for the week.  Now, lets be realistic.  What if you’re called out of town for a week or are otherwise unable to access or complete a module within the ten day time limit?  No problem.  Time extensions can be granted; and if you give us a bit of notice, the course materials can be provided to you by course message or email.

If you are looking for a convenient way to continue your education and you need information regarding the international or region-specific regulation of foods or if you work for a company planning an expansion into a particular market, this is the course for you.

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