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Katia Merten-Lentz, partner resident in the Firm’s Brussels and Paris offices, is a leading practitioner in European food, feed, and agricultural law. Her practice also extends to Environmental Law, Biotechnologies (new breeding technologies) and Cosmetics Law.

Ms. Merten-Lentz assists clients throughout the food chain with issues ranging from marketing (food labeling, health and nutrition claims, organic labels etc.) to innovation (nanomaterials, genetically modified organisms, novel foods). She also helps clients in the food and feed area obtaining European authorization for new additives, enzymes and novel foods. Read More

In February, France’s Council of the State ordered a modification of the country’s Environment Code. The move was in response to the European case law which had ruled that organisms obtained through some mutagenesis techniques to be tolerant to herbicides are to be subjected to the same regulations as applied to genetically modified organisms. Katia

Since April 2020, new EU rules have taken effect requiring food businesses to label foods with the country of origin or place of provenance of primary ingredients. In this article Katia explores the new requirements. In summary, if the origin or provenance of a product’s primary ingredient is different to the origin or provenance currently

Especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities continue to carefully enforce the rules that help consumers make well-informed choices about the food they consume. Katia Merten-Lentz reflects on the food labelling requirements food business operators need to adhere to (article available in French only)

This article was published in Agra

This article was published on Food Navigator on the 8th of May.

While consumers frightened by the Covid-19 pandemic stocked-pilled food (and toilet paper), it was tempting for some companies to overpromote their products with regards to their ability to ‘treat’ or ‘cure’ the disease. This was especially the case for products that may

Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm Keller and Heckman looks at how the EU’s regulation of traditional foods from third countries is proving to be a challenge for companies to successfully navigate.

This article is powered by EU Food Law

Since 1997, any food that was not consumed to a significant degree within European

This article was first published at FoodNavigator on 24 March 2020. Written by Katia Merten-Lentz with the support of Manon Ombredane

Once again the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has moved to clarify clarify the rules applicable to health claims. 

Recently, the CJEU had the opportunity to further clarify the provisions of

This article was published at Footprint.

New laws are being designed to accelerate the growth of novel foods, including algae, insects and cultured meat, but will Brexit put the brakes on things?

Novelty can contribute substantially to the success of a restaurant or catering company, offering customers something new and competitors something to think

This article was first published by IEG Policy Agribusiness on 7 February 2020

Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm, Keller and Heckman, writes on how the EU is taking a broader approach to official controls in the food supply chain.

The Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 – the new OCR – entered into force