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Welcome to Food Laws and Regulations (SAFE/AGEC 452/652).

Introduction to Food Law

Concerns about Food Safety
Overview of Key Points

US Food System
Scope of the Challenge:  Farm-to-Table

How US Law is Created

Finding US Food Safety Law Information

Overview of US Food Law

History of US Food Safety Regulation
Overview of US Strategy
Adulterated Food
Misbranded Food

Government "Players" Involved in US Food Law

US Agencies Involved in Food Safety
International Response to Food Safety Concerns

Requirements for Food Businesses

Production Sector (Pre-harvest)

Processing Sector (Post-harvest)

Food Service and Retail Sector; Final Preparation (Food Code)

Producer/Processor/Preparer Liability

Looking Forward/Future Issues

These web pages support an North Dakota State University (NDSU) course in food law.  The site will continue to evolve as it is used.  Use the links in the box along the right edge of these pages to move among the sections of the course outline/notes.

The course also is supported by a web site in the NDSU learning management system (LMS) -- NDSU uses Blackboard at https://bb.ndsu.nodak.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jspt.  Visit this site for information about the course, such as the syllabus, announcements, and assignments.  Use the following steps to find the course materials.

  • Go to https://bb.ndsu.nodak.edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jspt.
  • Click on "NDSU Blackboard Courses" in the Course Catalog box.
  • Click on "Agribusiness and Applied Economics" (my department).
  • Scroll to "113-NDSU-10181-10183-8676-8684 Food Laws and Regulations"; you may need to scroll to the second or third page to find the course.
  • Click on link along the left edge of the screen that corresponds to the course.
  • You will see information about the course (I have tried to give "guest" access to as much of the course information as possible); this information is revised throughout the semester.

Contact me at david.saxowsky@ndsu.edu or 701-231-7470 if you have questions.

These materials are divided into five major categories:

  • introduction to food law,
  • overview of U.S. food law,
  • government agencies involved in U.S. food law,
  • requirements for businesses involved in the food industry, and
  • liability of ag producers, food processors and food preparers.

Of course, there are numerous sections and topics within each of these broad categories. The final section of these materials is an opportunity to consider future issues involving food law.

The first topic for this course is an overview of concerns about food safety.


Last updated December 27, 2010

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