New rules on organic farming and production in the EU are set to come into effect at the beginning of 2022. In the second in a series of articles written for Food Navigator, legal experts Katia Merten-Lentz and Caroline Commandeur weigh what these new measures will mean for the future of organic food in

On the 15th of April 2021, the European Commission presented a summary of its Farm to Fork proposal at the EU’s regulatory committee meeting on food.

The Farm to Fork initiative proposes to modify the EU-FIC Regulations on front-of-pack nutritional labelling, nutrient profiles, origin labelling and date marking.

The summary included interesting feedback and thoughts

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

This article was first published at IHS Markit (subscription required), 3 September 2020

The internet has become a platform for selling food across the globe. This phenomenon has even increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, some malevolent operators use the current crisis as a business opportunity and have freed themselves from the EU food

This article was published on Food Navigator on the 6th of August.

What does the EC’s fitness and performance check on Nutrition and Health Claims regulation suggest?

On 20 May 2020, the European Commission completed the REFIT [1] Evaluation of the Regulation (EC) n°1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health claims (the NHCR). Even though the

In May, the European Commission published its ‘from-farm-to-table’ strategy which aims  to introduce ‘nutrient profiles’ by Q4, 2022. The objective of nutrient profiles is to place limits on certain nutrients i.e. fats, sugars and salt that can be contained in foods which simultaneously claim certain health benefits. The introduction of the strategy is long-awaited and

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

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

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