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

Upcoming Food Safety Summit

Readers,  you all know how passionate I am about the latest rules and regulations around food safety.  On March 5th and 6th, I’ll be attending (and moderating a panel at) the 10th Annual North American Summit on Food Safety, right here in Toronto.

The event promises to be a great one, with many industry experts and regulators in attendance and ample education and networking opportunities.  For more information about the Summit and a detailed agenda, go here. Continue reading

Baby, it’s COLD outside! Keeping Warm at Work

[Sincere thanks  to Dan Black for this blog post!]

Most employers in the food and beverage industry are already well-aware of their legal obligations regarding minimum workplace temperatures.  Nevertheless, viagra with Canada’s ongoing, bitterly cold weather prompting employers and workers alike in almost every industry to think about how best to stay warm (even if only while travelling to and from the workplace!) we figured this would be a good time for a quick review. Continue reading

New things in 2014

Hello readers and Happy New Year!

In this first (of many) posting of 2014,  I’m delighted to let you know that thefoodlawyer has moved!

I’ve recently joined the firm Davis LLP as a partner in the firm’s Toronto office. Aside from an office with an amazing 60th floor view (seriously – check it out!), Davis offers a wonderful platform for my continued industry-focused approach to the practice of law. photo Continue reading

Transparency in Labelling – The Great GMO Debate!

We at the foodlawyer are thrilled to be participating in next weeks 4th annual Food Regulatory & Quality Assurance Summit.  In addition to being really excited to learn from leaders in industry, we’re excited about our own presentation.

We’re going to look at the increasing pressures around transparency in food labelling, using GMOs as an example.

In a nutshell, the debate about GMO labelling pits those in favour of transparency and informed decision making against those who argue that the science doesn’t support a difference between GMO and non-GMO foods, and that the increased costs of transparency will cripple industry. Continue reading

Food Safety, Food Safety, Food Safety

It is Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and images of turkey, stuffing, and all the other fixings abound.  Unfortunately, a recent news story has reminded us at thefoodlawyer of a sad event in food safety that happened around this time last year.

Many will remember the major beef recall that happened last year after several people fell sick, allegedly due to contaminated beef products processed at the XL Foods facility in Alberta.  Yesterday, an Alberta judge opened the way for a class action lawsuit to be brought against XL Foods on behalf of those people.  The Toronto Star reports on this here. Continue reading

Hello readers!  As you may know, we are BIG fans of the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology.  The Institute’s Fall Technical Program is coming up and we thought at least some of you might be interested in attending.

You’ll see a live demonstration of molecular cuisine, presented by Chef John Placko.  The demonstration will explain techniques such as spherification, carbonation, foams and snows, sous-vide cooking, aeration, compression, etc.  John will also demonstrate equipment such as aromatizer, liquid nitrogen, smoking gun, Bellini, chamber vacuum sealer, whipping siphon and more.  After the demonstration a selection of menu items that were demonstrated will be available to sample – mmmmmm! Continue reading

Upcoming Food Regulatory Summit

Hello readers!  Thought you might be interested in this upcoming Food Regulatory and Quality Assurance Summit, sildenafil unhealthy taking place in October.  We’ll be there (and will be speaking on day 2 of the Summit on the topic of GMOs) and would love to see you there too!

See the below press release for more information and (of course!) feel free to reach out with any questions. Continue reading

FSMA, FSMA, FSMA – New Proposed Rules

Over the summer, pharmacy the FDA issued two much-anticipated proposed rules under FSMA: the Proposed Rule for Foreign Supplier Verification Programs (FSVPs) and the Proposed Rule regarding Accreditation of Third Party Auditors.

Remember that FSMA is focused on preventing food safety issues.  These two new proposed rules target imported food.  They require that foods imported to the U.S. meet the same safety standards as food produced domestically. They are part of the FDA’s overall “preventive framework”, sales which includes standards for produce safety [Proposed Rule here], information pills rules regarding preventive controls for human food [Propose Rule here] and requirements for industry around verification that the FDA’s safety standards are met (to which these new proposed rules apply). Continue reading

CFIA wants to hear from you!


Remember when we announced with great enthusiasm recent action in the Canadian food safety world?

Things are continuing to move forward, physician with the CFIA now soliciting comments on the the new regulations to be made under the Safe Food for Canadians Act.   As announced by the CFIA:   Continue reading