S2E4: Gerald Chan on Food Crime by Glen Jameson

We've got Gerald Chan from Stockwoods LLP this episode and we're talking about food crime. Gerald spoke about inspections and investigations at The Future of Food Law & Policy in Canada last fall in Halifax, specifically about R. v. Mucci Farms and R. v. Cericola Farms. In a broader sense, food fraud is in the news because we're discovering that the scope of food fraud globally is larger than we had imagined - both in frequency and in value. In the rest of the world, we’re seeing scandals related to counterfeit winesfalsely labeled fish, and fake rice or fake American ginseng.  The Tampa Bay Times’ Laura Reiley wrote a series called Farm to Fable (great name, great content) – which has led to the Florida State Attorney General looking into food fraud issues, the Florida Department of agriculture changing entire programs of oversight and increased investigations and training. In the UK, the Food Standards Agency has established a National Food Crimes Unit, the International Food Fraud Network is based out of the University of Manchester, and Dr. Chris Elliott, who I mentioned, is based out of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, and he’s doing some great work with government and in research on this topic.

Domestically, Dalhousie University’s resident food business expert Sylvain Charlebois is releasing a study on food fraud on February 21, so keep an eye out for that.

But, I’ll leave it to Gerald to take it from here.

Welcome to the Food Court winner of Best Practitioner Blog by Glen Jameson

It's that time of year. I'm thrilled to announce that this blog and firm podcast Welcome to the Food Court has won the 2016 Canadian Law Blog Award for Best Practitioner Blog.

I'm grateful for the support we've received from our listeners, the time our guests have put in to preparing for our recording session, and for our friends from the profession for nominating us. Thanks!

We'll be back in late January with a new episode of the podcast on #foodlaw.

S2E3-2: Charles Benoit versus the Queen by Glen Jameson

The Toronto Distillery Company: It’s a micro-distiller, and it reflects a new generation of whiskymakers making products for a new generation of whisky drinkers. Charles Benoît and Jesse Razaqpur focus on highly traceable and locally sourced grain for their whisky. In a world built for Hiram Walker, one of the world’s largest distillers, to sell to the LCBO, the world’s largest purchaser of beverage alcohol, operating an innovative still at a small scale has presented challenges and opportunities.

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S2E3-1: Charles Benoit versus the Queen by Glen Jameson

The Toronto Distillery Company: It’s a microdistiller, and it reflects a new generation of whiskymakers making products for a new generation of whisky drinkers. Charles Benoît and Jesse Razaqpur focus on highly traceable and locally sourced grain for their whisky. In a world built for Hiram Walker, one of the world’s largest distillers, to sell to the LCBO, the world’s largest purchaser of beverage alcohol, operating an innovative still at a small scale has presented challenges and opportunities.

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S2E2: Catherine Mah on Public Health by Glen Jameson

Catherine Mah. We've been working on this interview since January this year, because Catherine's work and research interests seem to overlap most things that are newsworthy in the food universe. This podcast is a great primer on health promotion and public health in the food systems context, which is important and expansive and powerful. Listen.