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
“New farmers”: are they allowed to call their vegetable substitutes “meat”?
A Parisian start-up recently announced the opening of a ‘vegetable meat’ production site in France. The firm produces meat-free steak, wings and nuggets which are sold around the country. However, French law will soon prohibit the use of such terms for vegetarian meat substitutes in a bid to protect the interests of the country’s farmers…
REFIT of the Nutrition and Health Claim Regulation: Outcomes and perspectives
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  Evaluation of the Regulation (EC) n°1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health claims (the NHCR). Even though the…
Food Hygiene Regulation to be updated before the end of the year
Annexes I and II of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 lay down the general hygiene provisions that food business operators must comply with to ensure food safety throughout the food chain. The European Commission is empowered to update and adapt those Annexes, taking into account, among others, scientific advice (article 13). On this basis, the European…
Spotlight on Nutrient Profiles
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…
New EU origin labelling rules
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…
The judicial framework of food fraud
Fraud in the agri-food sector can take many different forms. In this article, Katia elaborates on the decision of the high court of Paris in the now infamous horsemeat lasagna scandal, as well as the judicial framework of food fraud. (article available in French only)
This article was published in Agra…
Regulating traditional foods from third countries within EU has produced mixed results
Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm Keller and Heckman looks at how the EU’s regulation of traditional foods from third countries is proving to be a challenge for companies to successfully navigate.
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Since 1997, any food that was not consumed to a significant degree within European…
EU official controls: simplified and more coherent along the entire agri-food chain
This article was first published by IEG Policy Agribusiness on 7 February 2020
Katia Merten-Lentz of international law firm, Keller and Heckman, writes on how the EU is taking a broader approach to official controls in the food supply chain.
The Official Controls Regulation (EU) 2017/625 – the new OCR – entered into force…
How online sales of food pose a regulatory challenge in the EU
This article is powered by EU Food Law – Published on 6 Jan 2020
The internet has become a platform for selling food across the globe. However, food standards are lagging behind such developments. This situation could jeopardize both consumer safety and fair competition among the food business operators (FBOs).
Online official controls fighting