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Regulation and Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

(437 reviews)

Produced on May 05, 2015

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$ 99 Food, Beverage, & Agriculture In Stock

Course Information

Time 89 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a hot topic in food and agricultural law, as well as in society generally. This course, presented by Foscolo & Handel partner Lauren Handel, provides an overview of the regulatory framework for GMO crops and an explanation of the legal issues around labeling of foods made with genetic engineering. 


Handel discusses the process for review of GMO by the US Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration under their respective statutory authorities. She also provides an update on GMO labeling legislation, the litigation challenging Vermont's GMO labeling law, and the constitutional issues involved.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the respective authorities of the USDA, EPA and FDA in regulating GMO crops and foods 

II.    Recognize the status of federal law with respect to labeling genetically modified foods 

III.   Appreciate state legislative efforts to require labeling of GMO foods 

IV.   Identify the constitutional challenges to GMO labeling laws with regard to the First Amendment, federal preemption, and the Commerce Clause


Lauren Handel

Handel Food Law

Lauren Handel is the principal attorney at Handel Food Law LLC, where she counsels and represents food, farming and alcoholic beverage businesses. Lauren’s practice includes regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, intellectual property and litigation.

Before forming her firm, Lauren was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP where her practice concentrated on product liability and environmental litigation, as well as workplace safety regulation. After nearly 10 years of counseling and defending Fortune 50 companies, Lauren decided to put her skills and experience to work for independent businesses that produce the things she is most passionate about − good food and drink.

Lauren earned her bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1997; her JD, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002; and an LL.M. in Agricultural and Food Law at the University of Arkansas School of Law in 2013. She is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, the US Supreme Court, and the US District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

Lauren is the author of A Practitioner’s Guide to Defending “Natural” Food Labeling Litigation, published in the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture & Natural Resources Law, as well as a chapter on Urban Agricultural Nuisances and State Right to Farm Laws published by the American Bar Association in the book Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation. She frequently lectures on food and agricultural law topics at seminars for the food industry and for attorneys.


Davina J.

This was an excellent presentation! Very informative. Thank you.

William D.


Sally B.

Relevant for a Boulderite!

Catherine B.

This was a fascinating course! Ms. Handel was extremely clear and vastly knowledgeable. I appreciate having an opportunity to look at constitutional analysis (1st Am, Supremacy Clause) in an entirely new legal context.

Jeffrey D.

Thank you!

Pamela W.

Well organized and informative presentation

Mary P.

A very timely topic.

Alexandra L.

Very interesting presentation on a very timely issue.

Dane R.

Great treatment of vital topic. Public right to know!

Paul B.

Will be helpful for my practice.

Michael W.

Interesting and well done.

Karel H.

Thanks for explaining the utter complexity of regulations covering this topic.

Karen M.

Outstanding! Very timely subject matter. Thank you for having this topic offered.

Frederick S.

A very interesting topic, highly relevant today.The presenter did an excellent job and kept my interest. She is very professional and I am quite pleased with the course. Thank you.

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