Latest Scholarship Examines Kosher Food Regulation

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Professor Timothy Lytton recently delivered the talk "Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food" for the Penn Program on Regulation at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. His book on the topic was recently published by Harvard University Press.

Already a resource for the media on the regulation of kosher and halal food, Professor Lytton was also recently interviewed for the article "A meaty question" in The Economist, as well as a Q&A on the blog What is Your Food Worth?

Kosher food generates more than $12 billion in sales each year. Professor Lytton's book, Kosher: Private Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food, details how independent certification agencies rescued American kosher supervision from fraud and corruption and turned it into a model of nongovernmental administration.

Professor Lytton also argues that the popularity of kosher food is a reaction to anxiety about the industrialization of the nation's food supply similar to the surge in enthusiasm for organic and local food.

At Albany Law School, Professor Lytton is the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law and teaches courses including Advanced Torts and Regulatory Law and Policy. He is also author of Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse and Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts and is a frequent media resource on those topics, as well.