Food Laws and Regulations in Canada

Course Code: FSC 814

Credits: 3 credits

This course examines the laws, regulations, and policies that govern food regulation in Canada. The emphasis is on federal laws, but also includes food regulation by provinces. Food law will be discussed with reference to the role of politics, cultural issues, ethics, social injustice issues, and science.  The course emphasizes the practical use and importance of food law to the food professional.

The course is taught by use of case studies, problem solving, class discussions, and review of current issues. Instruction will be completely online using D2L (Desire 2 Learn). The primary objective of this course is for students to understand the Canadian laws regulating food. All reading assignments will be available as downloads within the modules or via the provided URLs. The course syllabus is subject to change each semester but generally covers the following topics:

  •  History of food regulation in Canada
  • Constitutionality and regulatory framework
  • Food labeling
  • Nutritional labeling
  • Health claims
  • Advertising
  • Regulating food quality
  • Food safety regulations
  • Food fraud
  • Food safety, prevention and foodborne illnesses
  • Additives
  • Food from recombinant DNA organisms
  • Natural health products
  • Importation and exportation of food
  • Government inspections
  • Government enforcement
  • Private actions
  • International activities


This course is offered each spring semester.

Tips for first time enrollees:

Non-MSU students and food industry professionals may enroll for this course through MSU's Lifelong Education portal.  (Make sure to choose 'first-time user' and then 'NON-DEGREE' from the drop down list on the application.) Transcript submission is not required through the Lifelong Education program.