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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

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

Earlier this month, Katia Merten-Lentz was interviewed by RTBF journalist Véronique Thyberghien on food additives in her live show, “Tendances Première.” Issues discussed during the interview include cross-border definition problems, correct labelling, consumer safety, and the “bio” food trend.

To access the full interview, click here.

This article was first published by IEG Policy  on May 29, 2019.

ANALYSIS

For the past few years, ever more European industries have been following the ‘clean label trend’, in response to consumers’ demand for more natural and authentic foodstuffs. This approach focuses, in particular, on the declaration of ingredients, to make it as clear

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