Category Archives: Things I Love

Reposting – Fun Facts from the Food and Drug Regulations (because there can never be too much fun, right!?!)

Despite the fact that this post will probably land me in the category of ‘huge regulatory geek’, try I’m re-posting it anyway.  Below is a collection of interesting, dosage fun facts from the Regs (at least they’re interesting and fun to me – I know, geek, right!).   I hope you enjoy! Continue reading

Getting My Regulatory Geek On – What I Learned at Food Week

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the  FDLI’s Food Week 2013.  I attended two days of the four day conference – the Food Advertising, Labelling and Nutrition day (on Wednesday) and the Food Safety day (on Thursday).  I learned a lot, and met some interesting people with great regulatory practices. Continue reading

Exciting Innovation through Combining Food and Beauty

I stumbled across a really interesting interview on the Supply Side Cosmetics Insights website regarding the partnership between Skin Authority and the Dole Nutrition Institute. 

The CEO of Skin Authority, Celeste Hilling spoke to Supply Side Cosmetics Insights about the partnership.  You can read the entire interview here. Continue reading

Celebrating Canada!

This week, we celebrated Canada Day (the national day of Canada, which celebrates the uniting of three colonies into a single country within theBritish Empire).  So, in honour of my favourite country, some cool Canadian food-related tid-bits. Enjoy!

  • Nestlé Coffee crisp and Smarties – seriously delicious chocolates that are not available in the US. If you haven’t tried them, trust me you should.
  • The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Food in Canada – a forum where leaders have come together to shape a major new Canadian Food Strategy.  The Centre works closely with the leaders of Canada’s food sector, governments, educational institutions and other institutions to plan the future of Canada’s food industry.  I was fortunate enough to attend the Conference Board’s Canadian Food Summit in February of this year – for my thoughts on the Summit, check out this blog post.
  • The Local, Sustainable Food Movement – there are a number of great (not for profit!) organizations throughout Canada promoting sustainable food, i.e. food that is healthy for consumers and animals, does not harm the environment, is humane for workers, respects animals, provides a fair wage for the farmer, and supports and enhances rural communities.  A couple of my favourites: Local Food Plus certifies farms and processors for environmentally and socially sustainable practices, and Sustain Ontario, a cross-sectoral alliance that takes a collaborative approach to research, policy development and action by addressing the intersecting issues related to healthy food and local sustainable agriculture.
  • Enhanced Allergen Labelling – Health Canada’s new food allergen labelling requirements come into force on August 4, 2012.  Bravo to Health Canada for recognizing that food allergies and intolerances are ongoing public health issues which significantly impact many people in the Canadian public.  The new regulations require manufacturers to clearly identify priority food allergens (peanuts, eggs, milk, tree nuts, wheat, soy, sesame seeds, seafood, sulphites, and mustard), gluten sources and added suphites on packaging.
  • Ice Wine – For those who don’t know, ice wide in a type of dessert wine produced from grapes that were frozen while still on the vine.  It’s a thick, syrupy, delicious beverage and Canada is its largest producer.
  • The Government’s Commitment to Food Safety - in the 2012 Federal budget, the Government affirmed its ongoing commitment to food safety by unveiling its plan to invest $51.2 million over the next two years to strengthen Canada’s food safety system.  This money will be shared by the Canadian Food Inspection (CFIA), Public Health and Health Canada.
  • Poutine – fries, gravy and cheese.  Nuff said.
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So, What does a Food Lawyer do Anyway?


I recently met with a newly-called lawyer who wanted to ask me about practicing “food law.”

“So, tell me:  what do you do as a food lawyer,” she asked over Starbucks.

She was really motivated and smart, and our conversation got me all re-buzzed about the practice.  I figure I’d try to capture some of my excitement and my super-positive-about-my-career frame of mind into a blog.  Here it is – here’s a little bit about what gets me up and out of the house in the morning (after my first cup of coffee, of course). Continue reading

Crazy for Coffee

After popcorn (oh ok fine and chocolate too), coffee is my ultimate food obsession.  I LOVE COFFEE.  I love it so much that I often thinking longingly of my first cup of the day as I’m trying to fall asleep at night – seriously, I love coffee that much.  I’ve been known to moan “sweet nectar of the gods” with my first sip.

Imagine how ecstatic I was to learn about the latest research showing that coffee drinkers … wait for it… are more likely to live a little longer!  And to make things even better, it doesn’t seem to matter if you drink regular or decaf (which means I’m still getting ‘credit’ for those years I had to cut out caffeine in favour of baby making). Continue reading

Food Labelling – This made me chuckle

Popping for Popcorn

Most people who know me know that I LOVE POPCORN. I mean I seriously love it, like pop-it-on-the-stove-and-eat-it-every-night love it. Sometimes I eat it plain with a little salt and sometimes I add frozen chocolate chips (don’t judge – it’s delicious).

Given my years-long love affair with popcorn, imagine my delight when I learned that it’s really, really good for you.  A new study, published out of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania posits that popcorn may be the perfect snack food.  It’s the only snack that is 100% whole grain, and whole grain foods are chock full of antioxidants and fibre.  According to the new study, there may be more antioxidants in a bowl of popcorn than in many fruits and vegetables! Continue reading