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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 featured in Canadian Lawyer Magazine by Glen Jameson

Glenford Jameson was interviewed by Michael McKiernan of Canadian Lawyer Magazine about his experience developing Welcome to the Food Court. Speaking about the discussion about whether to create a podcast and asking why there were so few legal podcasts in Canada, Glenford said: "We went through the Law Society of Upper Canada’s bylaws, and checked the rules of professional conduct. It was a classic lawyer moment,"..."We wanted to know if they had any prohibitions we should know about; maybe that was why virtually nobody else was podcasting.”

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Welcome to the Food Court included as one of Canada's Top Legal Podcasts by Glen Jameson

GSJ&Co.'s podcast, Welcome to the Food Court, was included as one of ten top podcasts on law in Canada. The Canadian Law Firm Strategy Blog described WTTFC as being thoughtful and engaging. You can review the article (and find nine other great podcasts on law) here, and subscribe on iTunes or SoundCloud.