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Food, Law & Public Health

May 2, 2018

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Jacob Shelley—a public health law scholar and assistant professor at Western University in London, Ontario. Dr. Shelley is primarily interested in how law can promote public health and prevent chronic diseases. He’s researched on marketing to kids in Canada, food safety, obesity and chronic disease prevention—and more.

We cover many topics in this episode: we first talk about what public health law is and how law and public health can intersect to protect our health. From tobacco control, to cycling safety, to food labelling and safety, Dr. Shelley describes what kinds of research a public health scholar could be involved with. He talks about what makes him so interested in product liability law for food products and research connected to food. We also talk about food safety in Canada, and dive into the topic of food product labelling and its link to chronic disease prevention (like warning labels for sugar-sweetened beverages or the recent ruling in California to have coffee companies carry cancer warnings).

*The views expressed in Food and Health Today do not necessarily reflect those of the Ontario Public Health Association/ Nutrition Resource Centre.