Animal Agriculture

Center for Regional Food Systems

Food & Health


  • ACR 891 Selected Topics in Food Ethics

    The course will be a high-level introduction to food ethics, covering a range of topics central to food production, distribution and consumption.

  • Beef Quality Assurance

    Programs in this area help ensure that food reaching consumers is of utmost quality. Producers and processors learn how their practices affect the final products, and learn tools and techniques to improve overall quality and safety of beef products.

  • Codex Alimentarius - The Food Code

    This course provides a thorough understanding of the organization of Codex Alimentarius, why Codex matters, the key documents, the nature and operation of the various committees, the standards, the interaction WHO, WTO, and the importance of Codex Alimentarius in world trade and global food law.

  • Food Laws and Regulations - undergraduate - FSC 421

    Online undergraduate course in Food Laws and Regulations. Undergraduate courses do not count towards MSU's Institute for Food Laws and Regulations certificates in U.S. or International food law.

  • Food Laws and Regulations in Canada

    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.

  • Food Laws and Regulations in China

    This course is designed for food industry professionals who need a practical background in China's food law. The course covers China’s diversity, the food regulation culture, the goals food regulation, the organization of government and the lawmaking process, risk assessment, the regulation of food processing, food labeling and advertising, permitted claims, food additives, pesticides, genetically modified food, organic food, import/export law and tariffs, and food product liability.

  • Food Laws and Regulations in Latin America

    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.  Perspectives from regulatory, commercial and consumer interests will be taken into account.   The events taking place in Latin America in food law and regulation will be linked, when appropriate, to the broader movements underway in other regions and on an international basis. Knowledge, information, and experience gained through this course will give the student a better understanding of the issues involved in the regulation of foods and food products in Latin America.

  • Food Laws and Regulations in the European Union

    The Food Laws and Regulations in the European Union course is designed for attorneys, food science professionals, regulators, HACCP, ISO-9000 and ISO-22000 consultants and certification officials, and industry professionals who must maintain certification requirements. It provides students with an overview of the systems of food regulation practiced in the European Union.

  • Food Laws and Regulations in the United States

    This course covers the law regulating the manufacture, distribution, and sale of food products in the United States. Topics include the regulation of labeling, food additives, dietary supplements, genetic modification, HACCP, civil and criminal liability for defective products, inspections, importation, inspections, enforcement, and many other issues of concern in the regulation of food in the United States. The course is designed to give the student a better understanding of the issues involved in the regulation of foods and a general understanding of the full scope of food regulation in the United States.

  • Food Packaging Basics

    Interactive, hands-on workshop designed for those who have a role in managing packaging for food and related operations within their organizations. The three-day workshop offers full insight in all aspects of food packaging to reduce food waste including function, materials, systems and processes, basic principles and commercial status of selected conventional and advanced packaging technologies, distribution, food security, packaging trends and more!

  • Food Preservation

    The online Home Food Preservation course will help home food preservers avoid dangerous, life-threatening contamination of foods. Individuals will feel confident in processing their produce and feeding their families safe, healthy foods. Home food preservation stimulates the local economy by encouraging locally grown and purchased foods and for individuals and families to grow their own gardens.

  • Food Safety Training for Food Service Workers

    Food Safety Training for Food Service Workers is a free online program offered through the Kent County Health Department and MSU Extension. The training informs and educates food establishment employees about the five risk factors that contribute most to foodborne illness. This basic food safety training covers personal hygiene and health, cooking temperatures, holding temperatures and cleaning of food contact surfaces.

  • Global Animal Health, Food Safety, and International Trade

    This course will provide students with an overview of rapidly changing global animal health patterns, food safety and subsequent modifications in world trade. The interrelationship of animal agriculture with food industries, national infrastructure, disease diagnostics, animal and human pandemics, political systems, and global trade will be investigated during the semester.

  • Global Regulation of Food Contact Substances/Packaging

    Graduate level course in Global Regulation of Food Contact Substances and Packaging, with Michigan State University's Institute for Food Laws and Regulations.

  • HACCP Overview for Employees in Meat and Poultry Establishments

    This training is for employees working in meat and poultry establishments that are responsible for monitoring activities. It provides an overview of meat and poultry inspection and the components of a HACCP plan. Participants will learn what biological, chemical, and physical hazards are, the elements of a hazard analysis, examples of critical limits and important monitoring requirements. There are interactive knowledge checks throughout the training and once finished a certificate of completion is issued for the participant. This certificate can serve as documentation of needed training for regulatory or third-party audit purposes.

  • International Food Laws and Regulations

    This course surveys the food laws and regulations of a variety of countries and regions. After an overview of general concepts in global food regulation and the international food safety agencies, the course compares and contrasts the similarities and differences in food law and regulations around the world. This course gives the student a better understanding of the issues involved in the regulation of foods and food products on a national and global level.