Food Law

Section 1, Spring 19

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 12/64
Credits: 3

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the statutes and regulations applicable to the wide range of actors and activities that support our food system. After a brief history of food regulation and an overview of the foundational statutes and relevant agencies, we will explore federal regulation of adulterated and misbranded food products; enforcement and inspections of regulated entities, including controversies regarding criminal enforcement; food recalls and crisis response; and state and local food regulation. Along the way, we will consider how changes in the global food system and our understanding of foodborne illness, as well as increased attention to risks like food terrorism, led to enactment of the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), generally considered the most sweeping reform of U.S. food safety laws in more than seventy years. In our coverage of food labeling and marketing, we will explore nutritional labeling regulatory requirements, class action litigation, and regulation of food advertising. Although specifically focused on the food industry, this course will be beneficial to any students interested in practice areas that present both regulatory and litigation risks, often across complex supply chains. We will consider the perspectives of a broad spectrum of food industry stakeholders, including manufacturers, government actors, distributors, transporters, importers and everyday consumers. No prior experience or background is required. Any administrative law concepts or other foundational legal concepts will be reviewed in class as necessary.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): Flex
Description: Flex exam at end of semester.
Final Exam Notes:

Flex exam at end of semester.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product:

Other Work
Class lectures will be supplemented with informal exercises designed to invite students to think critically about providing legal advice in specific factual scenarios.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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Cross Listed: No
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Public Syllabus Link: None
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