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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

Katia Merten-Lentz and Caroline Commandeur of international law firm Keller and Heckman look at how member states are moving to define, in legal terms, what “clean labelling” is, and the consequences of defining it.

In order to meet consumer expectation for more transparency and clarity in the labelling of foodstuffs, agri-food manufacturers have been

Cannabidiol (‘CBD’) has burst onto the world stage in recent years, and the EU is no exception, with shops selling CBD products opening up in various countries across Europe. While CBD can be incorporated into cosmetics and used for medical uses, it is quickly gaining traction in the food and drink market, with CBD found

As ‘clean’ eating has become more desirable, food manufacturers have re-assessed how they are labelling their foods in a bid to boost the appeal of their products. This includes manufacturers replacing additives (‘E numbers’) with ‘natural’ ingredients that have the same function. It’s easy to understand the attractiveness of such a swap, but to be

This article was first published by Food Navigator on August 22, 2019.

The EU-Canada trade deal, which came into force on a temporary basis in 2017, is working its way through national legislators for approval. The controversial agreement raises a number of questions about labelling and transparency. Katia Merten-Lentz, partner at Keller and Heckman, takes

On 15 May 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the elimination of industrially-produced trans-fatty acids from the global food supply and released draft guidelines on saturated fatty acid and trans-fatty acid intake for adults and children. The draft guidelines suggest that adults and children reduce their intake of saturated fatty acids to less

The blurred boundary between dyes and ingredients that can be used to add color to consumable products

Ingredients that offer ‘natural’ coloring properties can present a tempting alternative to ‘chemical’ colorings for food manufacturers. For example, using ingredients such as turmeric or beetroot juice, can potentially bypass the need for ‘chemical’ yellow or pink dyes.

This article was first published in the World Food Regulation Review June Issue Vol. 29, Number 1

The 45th session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL45) succeeded in improving the proposed draft guidelines for countries and business operators on mandatory and voluntary labelling provisions for non-retail containers of food and food ingredients

The controversy surrounding the safety evaluations of glyphosate by public European bodies, in particular the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA), has had its impact on the EU General Food Law reform, Katia Merten-Lentz, partner at Keller and Heckman, suggests. On June 13th, following the approval by the European Parliament on 17 April 2019,

Can halal meat be labelled as organic in the EU?

In early 2019, the European Union’s Court of Justice laid out the conditions under which the EU will allow their organic logo to be applied to meat products that have been ritually slaughtered. In our article for the French publication Les Marchés, we explore the