A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law

The A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law

Bibliographic Details

  • Title: The A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law
  • ISBN: 9780313364488
  • Author: Williams, Elizabeth M and Carter, Stephanie
  • Publisher: Greenwood
  • Dewey Number: 344.7304/?232
  • Subjects: Reference, Encyclopedias, Food law and legislation, United States
  • Publication Date: 2010-12-31
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 646

Table of Contents

Pt. 1. Court cases

  • United States v. Fior d’Italia, Inc. (2002)
  • Commack Self-Service Kosher Meats, Inc v Weiss (2002)
  • Pelman, et al. v. Mcdonald’s Corporation (2003)
  • Amended complaint in Pelman, et al. v. Mcdonald’s Corporation (2003)
  • Pelman, et al. v. Mcdonald’s Corporation, Court of Appeals (2005)
  • Arnett, et al. v. Snyder (2001)
  • North American Cold Storage Co. v. City of Chicago (1908)
  • United States v. Park (1975)

Pt. 2. Laws, regulations, and regulatory review

  • In the matter of McCormick &? Company, Inc. (2000)
  • California Organic Products Act of 2003
  • Twenty-Eight Hour Law of 1873, as amended in 1994
  • Senate bill, introduced into the 111th Congress, amending the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (2009)
  • Bill AB 1437 introduced into the California legislature dealing with shelled eggs (2009)
  • U.S. Code Sections 341 and others
  • Code of Federal Regulations regarding cheese and cheese food
  • Enabling Act of the zoning laws of the City of Boston (1956), as amended

Pt. 3. Uruguay Round Agreement on agriculture (1998)

  • World Trade Organization ministerial conference decision (2001)
  • World medical assembly declaration on hunger strikers (1992)
  • NotesIncludes bibliographical references (p. [623]-625) and index.


This encyclopedia, the first devoted to food and the law, offers nearly 200 entries that allow a general reader who is interested in food to understand the …


Publisher Comments

As food increasingly impacts our health and our wallets, we need to understand the enormous effect of law—both U.S. law and international regulations—on the safety and availability of the food we eat. The A-Z Encyclopedia of Food Controversies and the Law was compiled to help readers do just that.

The most comprehensive work covering food and law, the encyclopedia surveys laws related to organics, obesity, and fair trade. It tackles the intersection of law and religious belief, for example with kosher and halal foods, as well as controversies over labeling practices and consumer protection in general. And it looks at the relationship of class to food, exposing poor urban areas that possess few sources of fresh food so that residents are forced to rely on convenience stores and fast food for nutrition. As background, the set also presents a basic history of food-related law to show us how we got where we are.


From Book News, Inc.: This two-volume encyclopedia of food issues and the law provides a window into the development of food policy and culture in America over the last two centuries. The nearly 200 individual entries provide detailed narrative descriptions of specific cases and controversies and also illuminate broad themes in food history such as religious beliefs, consumer protection, health, political power and regulation, economics and class, animal rights and globalization. The work is well organized for easy reference providing a detailed topical index that organizes articles by specific types of law, individual industries, and socio-political concepts addressed. The encyclopedia is not illustrated but does provide occasional sidebars and a collection of appendices containing the texts of important court cases, food laws and regulations and international treaties and agreements. Contributors include food writers, attorneys specializing in food litigation, academics and government policy advisors.


  • This two-volume set is a broad compendium of the law, policies, and legal influences that affect the food today.
  • Alphabetically arranged entries describe topics related to the intersection of law and food
  • An appendix offers examples of legislation, court cases, regulations, and international treaties related to food
  • A timeline shows the development of the law of food in the United States
  • A bibliography lists additional materials for reference
  • Outlines the legal system and how it affects food and food policy
  • Covers both U.S. and international legal influences on the food Americans eat
  • Looks at lawsuits related to food, such as suits to ban soft drinks from schools and the question of whether an individual can sue a food manufacturer or restaurant for making them fat
  • Emphasizes that the more we understand how we can affect food-related laws, the more control we have over our lives and our health



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