Neal D. Fortin

Neal D. FortinAdjunct Professor of Law and Director, Masters Program in Global Food Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    Neal Fortin is the Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University, and Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Fortin teaches the courses United States Food Law, International Food Law and is the author of Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice, 2nd ed.

    Neal Fortin was the 2009 recipient of a Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award for his teaching in food safety. He is past President of the North Central Association of Food & Drug Officials. He served as a Commissioner for the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program, the Advisory Council of the Michigan Community Health Leadership Institute, and the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants. He served on the Dietary Supplement Committee of the Food and Drug Law Institute. He has been a curriculum advisor to the International Food Protection Training Institute and the University of Catalonia. He is an emeritus member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Food and Drug Law Institute, a professional member of the Institute of Food Technologists, and the State Bar of Michigan.

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses
    • Food Regulation in the U.S.
      An online course designed for anyone who must understand the legal and regulatory complexities of the regulation of food products in the United States including issues such as food and food safety regulation, regulatory compliance, HACCP, the regulation of genetic modifications, food additive regulation, food labeling, dietary supplements, the protection of the food supply, and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act.
    • International Food Laws and Regulations
      The objective of this online course is to provide the student with an overview of the systems of food regulation practiced in different regions of the world including some of the cultural and social-economic factors which influence the regulation of food products in the specific region including issues such as genetic modification, importation, exportation, food additives, and regulatory compliance.
  • Bar Admission(s)

    Michigan U. S. District Court, Western District of Michigan

  • Publications

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    Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy and Practice (Wiley).

    Secured Transactions (UCC Article 9), Law in a Flash, Aspen Publishers (2d ed. 2011).

    Partially Hydrogenated Oils (PHOs): Illegal Food Additives Since 2005, Food Technology 96 (Nov. 2014).

    HACCP and Other Regulatory Approaches to Prevention of Foodborne Diseases, Chapter 38 in Foodborne Infections and Intoxications, 4 ed. (2012).

    Improving U.S. Regulation of Imported Foods, chapter in Improving Import Food Safety (2012).

    Regulatory Requirements in the United States on Hygiene Control in the Design, Construction and Renovation of Food Processing Factories, chapter in Hygiene Control in the Design, Construction and Renovation of Food Processing Factories, Edited by: H. L. M. Lelieveld and John Holah (Woodhead Publishing Ltd. 2011).

    Navigating the U.S. Food Additive Regulatory Program, Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, Vol. 10, 342–368 (secondary author, 2011).

    United States Food Law: Consumers, Controversies, Current Issues, 1 European Consumer Law Journal 15–42 [Revue Européenne de Droit de la Consommation] (Stéphanie Mahieu, ed., 2009).

    The History of Food Safety Regulation in the United States and Canada, chapter in Ensuring Global Food Safety: Exploring Global Harmonization (Boisrobert et al., ed., Academic Press / Elsevier, 2009).

    The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act: The Requirements Enacted, Challenges Presented, and Strategies Fathomed, chapter 3 in Consumer Protection: Disputes and Resolution 31–52 (K. Padmaja, ed., 2009).

    Codex Alimentarius Commission, chapter in Handbook of Transnational Economic Organizations (Christian Tietje and Alan Brouder, eds., Martinus Nijhoff, 2009).

    Food Safety Regulations Applicable to Imported Foods, chapter 2 in Imported Foods: Microbiological Issues and Challenges 45–68 (Mike P. Doyle and Marilyn C. Erickson, eds., 2008).

    The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act: The Requirements Enacted, Challenges Presented, and Strategies Fathomed, 10 Journal of Medicine and Law 126 (Spring 2006).

    Is a Picture Worth More Than 1,000 Words? The Fourth Amendment and FDA’s Authority to Take Photographs under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, 1 Journal of Food Law & Policy 239–268 (Fall 2005).

    The Hang-Up with HACCP: The Resistance to Translating Science into Food Safety Law, 58 Food and Drug Law Journal 565–594 (2003).