Food Laws and Regulations in Latin America
Course Code: FSC 813
Credits: 3 credits
This course is designed to introduce food industry professionals and university level students to food law and regulation as it is currently practiced in Latin America and the Caribbean. Current events in food law and regulation will be linked, when appropriate, to the broader movements underway in other regions and on an international basis.
This course surveys the political, social, economic and historical events that have shaped the development of food laws and regulations throughout Latin America and the Caribbean including an overview comparison of the basic food laws, and agency responsibility in each country, food safety in the region, basic standards, labeling and additives, international trade issues and dispute resolution. It examines international trade organizations, food-related issues and events on a regional basis including Mercosur as well as the specific countries of Mexico, Brazil, Peru and Argentina.
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:
- Regional characteristics, historical development and present challenges
- Changes in food law and regulation in the region
- Country comparisons
- WTO and international issues
- Food safety in Latin America
- Food regulation in Mercosur
- International trade issues and dispute settlement
- Policy and public health
- Food product labeling
This course is offered in the fall semester.
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