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 and current issues
  • International and regional trade organizations and influence
  • Public health issues
  • Specific food laws and regulations in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru
  • Overview of food laws and regulations in the Central American region
  • Overview of food laws and regulations in the Caribbean region 

This course is offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years. 

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