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CJEU upholds principle of free movement of goods for food supplements

by Hogan Lovells on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU“) has issued a ruling on the interpretation of Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements, finding that a French law prohibiting the sale of food supplements from other EU...more

European Food Safety Authority Launches Public Consultation on the Risk Assessment of GMO at Low Level

by Jones Day on

The European Food Safety Authority ("EFSA") has launched a public consultation on a draft guidance document on the risk assessment of genetically modified organisms ("GMOs") present at low levels in food and feed material....more

EU Tightens Food Fraud Prevention Rules

by K&L Gates LLP on

The EU Institutions have recently agreed on a new general framework for official controls performed by the food safety authorities of the Member States, to verify compliance with feed and food law (the “Official Controls...more

The European Commission Amends Plastic Food Contact Materials Legislation

by Jones Day on

On April 28, 2017, the European Commission issued Regulation 2017/752, amending Regulation 10/2011 on plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with food...more

Food, Dietary Supplement & Cosmetics Update | Vol. IV, Issue 3

by Jones Day on

FDA Amends Waivers to Sanitary Transportation Rule - On April 6, 2017, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") notified industry regarding the amendment of waivers available under the Sanitary Transportation of Human...more

Implications of EU Ingredient Labeling Proposal for US Suppliers

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 13, the European Commission approved a report that calls on members of the alcohol beverage industry to develop a comprehensive self-regulatory system of ingredient and nutritional labeling for beer, wine, and...more

International Product Liability Review - Issue 65

by Hogan Lovells on

The International Product Liability Review provides quality updates and comment from around the world on legal developments in the field of product liability and product safety. Please see full Publication below for more...more

Predictions and Outlook for U.S. Federal and International Chemical Regulatory Policy 2017

Predictions and Outlook for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) 2017 - 2016 was full of surprises, two of which will drive much of the agenda for OCSPP during 2017. First, Congress...more

European Parliament Urges Further Regulatory Action on Food Contact Materials

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The European Parliament is demanding significant changes to rules on Food Contact Materials (FCM) applicable to both packaged foods and processing of foods to be placed on the European Union (EU) market. The current EU...more

Placing Food on the EU Market? Prepare for Potential Regulatory Rollercoaster

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In the world of food, 2017 promises to be a busy year across the European Union for regulators and regulated alike. To the great disappointment of gourmands, farmers and producers, French foie gras exports remain blocked due...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

by White & Case LLP on

Decision: A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the food safety rules of the WTO Agreement on the...more

Review Published of Nanomaterials for Products and Application in Agriculture, Feed, and Food in the European Union

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) requested a review of the already marketed and in-development applications of nanomaterials in the agri/feed/food sectors. The results of the review are published in the August 2016...more

EFSA Priority Topics for Guidance Development Include Nanotechnologies

On June 20, 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion entitled “Priority topics for the development of risk assessment guidance by EFSA’s Scientific Committee in 2016-2018.” EFSA asked...more

Court of Justice of the European Union Confirms Mandatory Labelling Requirements for Citrus Fruits

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has upheld the General Court’s decision from 2014 and confirmed that it is compulsory in the EU to mention on the labels of certain citrus fruits the preserving agents or...more

EFSA Begins Public Consultation on Draft Guidance on the Preparation and Presentation of an Application for Authorization of a...

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has begun a public consultation on its draft guidance on the preparation and presentation of an application for authorization of a novel food. As reported in our December 22, 2015,...more

The European Commission Takes Back the Reins on Novel Food

by Bryan Cave on

In order to update the legislation regarding novel food which has been in place for almost 20 years, the European Parliament adopted on November 16, 2015 a new regulation 2015/2283 in order to respond to the food industry’s...more

EC Promulgates Final Novel Foods Regulation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

The European Commission (EC) published the final novel foods regulation in the December 11, 2015, issue of the Official Journal of the European Union. Under the regulation, food consisting of engineered nanomaterials should...more

EP and Council of the EU Reach Agreement on Proposed Novel Food Regulation

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 11, 2015, the Council of the European Union (EU) announced that its Permanent Representatives Committee approved the proposed novel food regulation. On November 16, 2015, the European Parliament (EP) and the...more

International Food Law Gazette - July 2015

by King & Spalding on

King & Spalding is pleased to provide this first edition of the International Food Law Gazette, a publication of our Food & Beverage Group. For decades, King & Spalding has closely advised leading food, beverage and dietary...more

What You Need to Know About TTIP

by DLA Piper on

TTIP (the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) is a comprehensive trade and investment agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and the US. The main aims of the proposed agreement are to increase trade...more

EU Novel Foods Rules Compromise Text Approved

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On 10 June 2015, the European Union (EU) Council (comprised of the member states) approved a final compromise text on new EU rules for novel foods. Novel foods are foods not consumed in the EU to a significant degree before...more

EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed Publishes 2014 Annual Report

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On February 16, 2015, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the 2014 annual report of the EFSA Scientific Network of Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies in Food and Feed, which is intended to inform the public...more

Even Further Down the Rabbit Hole: New EU Legislation Adds to GMO Quagmire

A vote by European Union (EU) lawmakers in mid-January gave individual governments within the 28-nation bloc the authority to decide whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) can be grown and cultivated within their...more

Applying FIC (III): Transitional measures and the definition of ‘placing on the market’ under New Food Rules in the EU

by K&L Gates LLP on

Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (the FIC Regulation) entered into force on 13 December 2011, though its application is a gradual process: the specific requirements concerning the...more

EP ENVI Committee Proposes Moratorium on the Use of Nanomaterials in Food

by Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. on

On November 24, 2014, the European Parliament (EP) Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) considered draft legislation concerning novel foods. The Committee amended the draft legislation, proposing a...more

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