Melissa Card-Abela

Instructor, Associate Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations

Melissa  Card-Abela
G.M. Trout FSHN Building, 469 Wilson Rd, Room 237, East Lansing, MI 48823

Phone: (517) 884-8692

Melissa will teach the FSC 421 Food Laws and Regulations course both online (summer semester) and on-campus (spring semester) for undergraduate students. 

Fall semester she will teach three one-credit Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) short courses: 

  • FSC 890, Section 731, Preventive Control For Human Food, One (1) Credit Short Course (August 31-September 30, 2016)
  • FSC 890, Section 732, Produce Safety, One (1) Credit Short Course (October 3-October 28, 2016)
  • FSC 890, Section 733, Foreign Verification Supplier Program, One Credit (1) Short Course (October 31 - December 9, 2016)

She will also assist IFLR Director Neal D. Fortin in the institute’s online global food law courses and, in particular, the online International Food Laws and Regulations Course.

In addition, Melissa will represent the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations by speaking to various food law and food safety groups and conferences.

Previously, Melissa was an associate in the Food, Beverage & Hospitality and Litigation Practice Groups of Clark Hill’s Detroit law office. She assisted food manufacturers on regulatory food and beverage law issues by ensuring companies comply with various federal regulations, including:

  • Handling food and beverage safety compliance assessment issues, such as product recalls;
  • Monitoring legislation affecting the regulation of foods and materials that come in contact with foods;
  • Responding to FDA draft rules and guidances; and
  • Interpreting the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and various food safety and customs compliance regulations.

Melissa graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School with a certification in Health Law and Bioethics. During law school, Melissa was a member of the Minnesota Law Review. She interned for Judge David M. Lawson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan during the summer of 2012.

A former professional ballerina, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in 2011, earning a bachelor of arts degree with concentrations in Spanish and Anthropology.