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Spring 2014 - Smnr: Food Safety Law

McGarity, Thomas O

Credit Hours: 3  Course ID: 397S  Unique # 30085

Meeting Day(s)TimeLocation
T3:45 - 5:35 pmJON 5.208
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Registration Information
This course is restricted to upper division students only.
You must have at least 43 credit hours to register.

Description
The seminar on Food Safety Law will explore evolving concepts of food safety as implemented through federal regulatory programs.  During the first eight weeks, seminar participants will read and discuss books and articles on risk assessment and risk management generally and on three regulatory programs aimed at ensuring food safety.

After an introductory session on concepts of risk assessment and risk management in the context of risks posed by infectious microorganisms and chemical contaminants in food, the seminar will focus upon the following regulatory programs:  (1) the Department of Agriculture's food safety and inspection program for beef; (2) the Environmental Protection Agency's program for establishing pesticide tolerances in foods, with a particular focus upon the risks that pesticides pose to children; and (3) the Food and Drug Administration's program for approving food additives, with a particular focus on that agency's program for regulating genetically modified foods.

During the remainder of the semester, seminar participants will present seminar papers on a wide variety of topics related to food safety.  Participants may draw paper topics from a wide variety of subject matter areas, including federal regulatory programs, state regulatory programs, and tort law.

Related Course Areas
Textbooks
Spoiled - Nichols Fox
  Basic Books
    (required)
Safe Food - Marion Nestle
  Univ. of California Press
    (required)
Ensuring Safe Food - National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council
  National Academies Press
    (required)