Michael Fernolend Market, 80, a lawyer and an international authority on food laws, died in his sleep Sept. 11 while vacationing in Frankfurt Am Main, Germany.

He was senior partner in the Washington law firm of Markel, Hill and Byerly, which he founded in 1946.

From 1939 through 1943, Dr. Markel had been senior attorney in the food and drug division of the office of the solicitor in the Agriculture Department.It was the forerunner of the Food and Drug Administration.

He was credited with originating the Hale Amendment to the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which simplified procedures for adopting and amending federal food standards.

Dr. Markel also was an industry adviser to the U.S. delegation to the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Codex alimentarius Commission of the United Nations from its organizations in 1962 until recently. The commission coordinates food laws on an international basis.

He was the author of numerous professional papers in his field.

Born in Romania, Dr. Markel came to this country as a teen-ager and settled in Ohio. He became a naturalized citizen in 1923.

He was a graduate of Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and of the Ohio State University School of Law. He later was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from Wagner College in New York.

Dr. Mankel was tidely known for his assistance to refugees and displaced persons. He had been counsel for the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service of the Luthera, Council in the U.S.A. since World War II.

He was a founding member of the Corporation of Lutheran World Relief in 1946, and member of the board for 26 years.

He handled legal matters in the organization and operation of Lutheran Film Associates of the U.S.A. and Luther Film GmbH of Germany, involved in the production of such motion pictures as "Martin Luther" and "Question 7."

Since 1969, Dr. Markel had served as a legal member of the advisory council of the Lutheran Resources Commission in Washington.

He had practiced law in New York City from 1927 unitl coming here in 1939. He was a member of the New York, Ohio and D.C. Bars.

Dr. Markel was a founding member of the National Lawyers Club, and belonged to the D.C. New York State, New York City, Federal and American Bar Associations.

He also was a member of the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Institute of Food Technologists and the Cosmos Club.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Gardner Markel, of the home in Washington, and a sister in Romania.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Lutheran World Relief in New York City.