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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

Today, the EU Official journal published Regulation (EU) 2019/787 on the definition, description, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks, the use of the names of spirit drinks in the presentation and labelling of other foodstuffs, the protection of geographical indications for spirit drinks, the use of ethyl alcohol and distillates of agricultural origin in alcoholic

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European regulators have agreed key changes to the food safety authorization process in a bid to increase transparency and boost consumer trust. Katia Merten-Lentz, partner at Keller and Heckman, discusses the impact these changes could have.

Earlier this month, the European Parliament approved by an undisputable majority (603 votes in

Below is a summary of the World Food Regulation Review, Vol. 28, Number 11, April 2019 article which was authored by Katia Merten-Lentz, Partner at Keller and Heckman, and Christophe Leprêtre, Regulatory and Scientific Affairs Counselor at Keller and Heckman.

The 51st meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives (CCFA51) finalizes most

This article was first published by EU Food Law on March 19, 2019.

Marketing Cannabidiol (CBD) in the EU has become more complex and, in some cases, is subject to national restrictions.

Shops selling products containing Cannabidiol (CBD) are popping-up across Europe drawing more and more attention on the legality, write Katia Merten-Lentz and Manon

This article originally appeared in World Food Regulation Review, Vol. 28, Number 9, February 2019.

This article aims to present and explain the main topics on the agenda of the forthcoming 51st session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Additives, taking place in Jinan from 25 to 29 March 2019.

In next month’s

This article originally appeared in World Food Regulation Review, Vol. 28, Number 9, February 2019.

The European Union (EU) succeeded in implementing one of the world’s highest standards of food safety. But each food scandal brings to light new gaps in the legislation and enforcement. After the Spanghero case (the so-called “horse meat scandal”), it

Keller and Heckman LLP’s EU Office is Ranked Band 1 in the 2019 Chambers and Partners Europe Guide in the category of Regulatory: Agro/Food Europe-wide. Additionally, Katia Merten-Lentz continues to attain the prestigious individual band ranking. She is one of only four lawyers to receive this prestigious position in this category.

Along with their

40 years after the initial ‘Cassis de Dijon’ principal came into force, the celebrated ‘mutual recognition’ principals undergo an overhaul

After extensive talks, in late 2018, the European Parliament and the Council reached an interim agreement on new text to refine and update ‘mutual recognition.’ The principals were modernized with the aim of making them