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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 of its backlog on food additives, other than sweeteners and colors, such as in mozzarella or plain milk or other fluid…
France notified a draft Order on rubber materials and articles intended to come into contact with food and pacifiers for infants and young children to the European Commission (EC), TRIS Notification 2019/57/F, on February 12, 2019.   The EC and the Member States have a three month “standstill period” (until May 13, 2019) to submit comments or detailed opinions (i.e. objections) on the draft text.  This standstill period may be extended by a further three months…
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 Ombredane of international law firm Keller & Heckman. Cannabis sativa L is a well-known plant made up of more than 480…
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 WFRR issue (March), a similar article will summarize the main decisions resulting from CCFA51. ___________________________________________________________ The forthcoming 51st meeting of the Codex Alimentarius Committee…
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 is time again for public bodies to propose further steps to protect both food business operators and consumers against food fraud. By…
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 inclusion in the Chambers Europe Guide, Keller and Heckman’s international Food and Drug practice garners rankings in the Chambers
What are the legal pathways that creators of innovative new protein foods need to tread in Europe? On February 25, the European Commission published a study on new opportunities for the EU plant protein market, write Katia Merten-Lentz and Thais Payan of international law firm Keller & Heckman. The study concluded that the increased consumer demand for organic and genetically modified (GM)-free supply chains, combined with a rise in the number of flexitarian, vegetarian and…
Updated regulations are simplifying the authorization process for traditional foods entering European markets from non-member state countries. In their article, “Nouveaux aliments des pays tiers : un premier bilan encourageant”, which appeared in Les Marchés on January 25, 2019, Katia Merten-Lentz and Caroline Commandeur discuss the new regulations and their potential impact on the food market moving forward. To read the full article, click here.…
Written by Katia Merten-Lentz and Oliver Hartmann At the beginning of this year, the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety of the  European Commission (DG SANTE) published its findings in relation to the Fitness Check of the General Food Law Regulation (EC) No 178/2000  (GFL Regulation), which had been concluded by the end of 2017. Here, Katia Merten-Lentz and Oliver Hartmann at international law firm, Keller and Heckman, look at this check-up found…
Katia Merten-Lentz provided her expertise on plant-based meat and cultured-meat for the recently published research paper Meat Analogues: Considerations for the EU. The paper was published by Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, which is a world-leading policy institute based in London whose mission is to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world. Keller and Heckman’s Food and Drug practice continues to monitor the developing plant-based meat…