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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

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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

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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)

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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

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In February, France’s Council of the State ordered a modification of the country’s Environment Code. The move was in response to the European case law which had ruled that organisms obtained through some mutagenesis techniques to be tolerant to herbicides are to be subjected to the same regulations as applied to genetically modified organisms. Katia

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This article was first published at FoodNavigator on 24 March 2020. Written by Katia Merten-Lentz with the support of Manon Ombredane

Once again the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has moved to clarify clarify the rules applicable to health claims. 

Recently, the CJEU had the opportunity to further clarify the provisions of

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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

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Cet article a été publié sur Les Marchés, le Média de l’alimentaire.

Les Marchés Hebdo: En quoi consiste le règlement adopté le 28 mai par l’UE sur l’origine des ingrédients?

Katia Merten-Lentz: Il complète Inco en établissant les modalités concrètes d’application de l’article 26 quand la présentation d’une denrée mentionne l’origine et que

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Cet article a été publié sur Agra Alimentation, le média des enjeux de stratégiques et financiers de l’agroalimentaire.

La commission des affaires économiques de l’Assemblée nationale vient de voter un amendement interdisant l’utilisation de dénominations carnées, telles que « merguez », « steak » ou « goût bacon », pour des produits végétaux.