Neal Fortin, JD

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Neal Fortin, JD

Director and Professor

MSU Institute for Food Laws & Regulations

Neal Fortin is the Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University and is a professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Neal wrote, Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice, which is the most widely read food law textbook ( Neal was the 2009 recipient of the Michigan State University Online Food Safety Program's Distinguished Faculty Award.

Neal is the 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 has been a curriculum advisor to the International Food Protection Training Institute and the University of Catalonia. Neal 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.


FSC 810 International Food Laws and Regulations

FSC 811 U.S. Food Laws and Regulations

VM 830 Research Methods in Food Safety