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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

Last month Katia Merten-Lentz was interviewed by Géraldine Meignan for French daily newspaper Le Parisien on in-vitro meat. An interesting read for all those actively involved in food innovation in France (french read only).

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Yesterday, as expected, the European Court of Justice announced its decision on the use of non-organic seaweed powder in organic drinks.

The case concerned the addition of a non-organic ingredient (Lithothamnium calcareum seaweed powder) in the processing of prepackaged drinks produced by Natumi GmbH. The drinks had otherwise organic ingredients.

The case centred around whether

It’s well known that the Lactalis group attacked the French initiative that required the origin of milk to be included on labels. In particular, they noted it would be challenging to balance French labelling requirements with the sometimes-unclear INCO regulations.

While EU regulations harmonize the compulsory indication of the country of origin or the

EU member states currently have very different legal approaches to dealing with consumers collective interests. As a result, small consumer disputes are rarely taken to court by consumers because of the costs of pursuing legal action and the relatively low recompense of doing so.

To address this problem, the European Commission adopted the directive (EU)

It’s increasingly common for criminal offenses to be judged outside of courtrooms, and the food industry is no different. If a party has admitted they are at fault for certain infractions, they may be able to avoid lengthy and expensive public trials by following alternative legal proceedings. However, little is known about these procedures –

On November 19, the EU’s Court of Justice gave the long-awaited judgment on the classification of cannabidiol (CBD). The Court judged that CBD cannot be qualified as a “narcotic” in the eyes of the law. As a result, CBD products can be marketed and benefit from the free movement guaranteed by Articles 34 to 36

In the context of the EU Farm to Fork Strategy – which aims to make food systems fair, healthy and environmentally friendly – the European Commission announced a proposal for harmonised mandatory front-of-pack nutrition labelling, to enable consumers to make informed, healthy and sustainable food choices, write Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm Keller and