Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Law professor to head up institute at MSU
People News by Vickki Dozier, Lansing State Journal (Oct. 20, 2006) available at: http://tinyurl.com/ycht4h. Neal Fortin has been appointed the director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University. As director, Fortin will lead the institute and its International Food Law Distance Education Certificate Program. The institute offers region and topic-specific food law courses taught by an international network of food science academic and legal professionals. Students from more than 80 countries have participated in these courses via the Internet.

Before joining the MSU faculty full time, Fortin was an attorney concentrating in food and drug law, food safety, food labeling, ingredient evaluation, and advertising. He is also an adjunct professor of law at the MSU College of Law, where he teaches food and drug law, and an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, where he teaches a course on nutrition law and policy. Previously Fortin was manager of the food service regulatory program for the Michigan Department of Agriculture, where he was the primary drafter of the Michigan Food Law of 2000, which streamlined Michigan's food safety requirements and strengthened and updated food safety standards for changes in science.