Glenford was featured live on CTV News this past Monday, stating that “while the ban may seem jarring to consumers, it’s the result of almost 15 years worth of dialogue with industry and comes with a two year phase-out period for retailers” and that Health Canada’s position “is largely aligned with the Food and Drug Administration in the United States and mirrors actions already taken by some countries Europe.”
On June 20, Glenford presented at the remarkable Michigan State College of Law’s Global Food Law Conference on current issues. He provided attendees with a deep dive analysis on food fraud prosecutions in Ontario arising from investigations by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency over the past several years, including R. v. Mucci, R. v. Creation Foods, R. v. AMCO, R. v. Thomas Canning, and R. v. Eastern Meat Solutions.
Michigan State’s Food Law program is a world-leader in developing food law education and resources. Glenford teaches Canadian Food Law and Regulation as part of the college’s Masters program.
Glenford was interviewed in February by Sean Robichaud, a highly respected criminal lawyer and host of Of Counsel. Glenford spoke with Sean about developing his practice, the state of food law in Ontario and Canada, and what it means to hyperspecialize in law.
BLG lawyer Amélie Gouin and Glenford visited McGill Law School this past spring. We got to do a food law edition of Scared Straight, speaking to students about our careers as food lawyers.Read More
Precedent Magazine has named Glenford Jameson amongst six exceptional lawyers in their first ten years of practice who demonstrate professional excellence and a commitment to community service. Glenford, who continues to work hard to develop a nascent area of law also volunteers his time with learning farms and professional bodies. Check out the article here and learn more about his professional and volunteer activities here.
Glenford was interviewed by Yahoo Finance journalist Andrew Seale in light of recent criminal charges brought by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency against Creation Food Co. and director Kefir Sadiklar. “Labeling in this country is heavily regulated – there are significant fines (under criminal law), there’s every reason in the world not to do what’s happened in this camp,” said Glenford Jameson, “There are always a few actions here or there from the CFIA, but we’re seeing a real uptick.”
Glenford was interviewed by Dayna Winter on the legal considerations involved in starting an e-commerce food business. In the post, considerations relating to marketing, advertising, product selection and legal liability arising from the production or sale of food. Glenford is quoted both on legal considerations as well as best ethical practices that successful businesses undertake:
“My best clients typically ask themselves ethical questions about their actions, their suppliers, how they treat their customers, their employees, and how they impact the world. When they approach problems in that way they're typically in a better position to maintain the respect and goodwill of the community that they operate in as well as from their customers. Respect and goodwill are hard to earn and they're pretty easy to lose. Even though that has nothing to do with the law per se it's a really important M.O.” - Glenford
Glenford was interviewed earlier this year by Husein Panju of Lawyered | The Podcast to discuss three developing areas of food law in Ontario: the Ontario Healthy Menu Choices Act, which mandates calorie labelling at restaurants with twenty or more locations, the Toronto Distillery Company constitutional challenge to the LCBO’s markup regime, and the CFIA’s emerging approach to food fraud on cases like R. v. Mucci, R. v. Cericola Farms and R. v. Thomas Canning
DALA (droit autrement / legal alternative) at McGill Law School interviewed Glenford on his career to date as a food lawyer. Check it out here.
Glenford will be speaking at McGill Law School on March 9th on legal developments in food law alongside lawyer Amélie Gouin of BLG.
The Healthy Menu Choices Act is now in effect. On this episode we discuss mandatory calorie labelling in Ontario. In a lot of ways, this is a great companion piece to Catherine Mah’s episode earlier this season. Catherine is an incredible advocate for municipalities as effective jurisdictions to enact change in how we approach public health problems. Calorie labelling is an example of this. In the US, it was implemented first in cities, then states, and now it's going to be across the US and administered by the Food and Drug Administration on May 5, 2017.
But we really haven't had a Canadian rogue public health municipality in the same way as the US has NYC or Berkeley or Philadelphia to push these issues along so, eventually in 2015, Ontario decided to do it provincially. But we didn’t do that in an original manner. In a lot of ways, the Ontario Healthy Menu Choices Act is simply copycat legislation. Sure, It has been modded to fit the Ontarian legal context, but have no doubt: it’s ripped from our neighbours.
Kelly Harris is a partner at Miller Thomson LLP and a lawyer who advises on advertising, marketing, and competition law issues. She caught an early wave of calls from clients who wanted to meet their regulatory obligations under this new act. But it's a tough job when you're presented with a set of regulations just months before they're put in motion. Thus, I wanted to probe the legislation alongside Kelly to figure out whether the legislation drafters did a thorough job in contemplating all of the ways in which Ontarians purchase ready to eat food, or define a grocer, or think of a menu.
We have a lot of questions and a lot of remarks for this framework, which goes beyond the standard "Uh Oh Get Ready Calorie Labelling is Coming to Ontario ¯\_(ツ)_/¯" articles that you’ve no doubt seen over the past year. And we’ve tried to explore the oddities of how strange an exercise it is to govern your menus and advertisements and drive thrus in this province.
If you want to follow along, check out the Healthy Menu Choices Act and the Regulations.
Those news articles: Calorie Labelling for people with eating disorders and Calorie Labelling could make women gain pounds.