Food Law for Public Health

Food Law for Public Health

Jennifer L. Pomeranz

Print publication date: Oct 2015

ISBN: 9780190227258

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Food law is emerging as one of the most cutting-edge issues of our time. This book examines government authority and limitations on using law to influence all aspects of our food environment for public health. Food Law for Public Health is the first book of its kind. It starts by providing background into the U.S. government, legal system, and the Constitution and then comprehensively examines cross-cutting food law and policy issues. It explores federal food and nutrition programs and guidelines, such as the Farm Bill, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and school food guidelines. It delves into food safety issues ranging from foodborne illness outbreaks, allergens, food additives, and color additives, to hormones, antibiotics, and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. The book explores the authority and restraints government faces regulating food marketing and labeling, including on restaurant menus. These chapters discuss the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, food industry self-regulation, and the various federal agencies’ regulatory authority to address both truthful and deceptive food marketing and labeling practices. The book tackles controversial legal issues related to genetic engineering and country of origin labeling, as well as food marketing to children. Food Law for Public Health explores the vast amount of litigation relevant to food, including consumer protection litigation by private persons and state attorneys general, and industry litigation under the Lanham Act and food libel laws. Lastly, the book explains state and local control over the food environment for public health purposes, including such pivotal topics as the police power, zoning, licensing, taxing, and preemption.