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As a food business operator you face complex food regulations in your country and in cross-border context. Our dedicated team of experts guides you through all food-related regulatory, legal and tax issues so you can benefit from a genuine partner able to put any compliance issue in its more general context.

Borderline products cranberry products cannot be regarded as medical devices
Article - 12 February 2018

New guidance on the classification of food for special medical purposes

Following the increasing difficulties with the enforcement of the legislative framework applicable to Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) reported by national...
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Sparkling judgment in ‘Champagne sorbet’ case, right before Christmas!
Article - 28 December 2017

Sparkling judgment in ‘Champagne sorbet’ case, right before Christmas!

In a judgment of 20 December 2017, the CJEU ruled that a sorbet containing champagne cannot be marketed under the name ‘Champagne Sorbet’ unless the champagne...
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Updated guidance on the application of quantitative ingredients declaration
Article - 04 December 2017

Updated guidance on the application of quantitative ingredients declaration

On 21 November 2017, the European Commission has published the Commission Notice on the application of the principle of quantitative ingredients declaration...
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Belgium adopts guidelines on the use of the term ‘artisanal’
News - 04 December 2017

Belgium adopts guidelines on the use of the term ‘artisanal’

Belgian authorities have recently adopted guidelines on the use of the term ‘artisanal’ and its derivatives in the names of products.
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Integrated approach

Food law is not just a matter of regulations; it is part of a much wider legal context. Today, food law impacts and is impacted by other areas of law. You deal with a broad range of questions, such as ‘Does my label comply with the labelling requirements?’, ‘What are the conditions to import food products into the EU?’, ‘What are the rules regarding the composition of foodstuffs?’, ‘How do I deal with public authorities?’ or ‘How do I resolve a dispute with a competitor?’. These are the questions which require an integrated approach.

Multidisciplinary team

To best respond to your needs, we have adopted a multidisciplinary approach with a team of experts who will assist you at every stage of your activities such as sourcing, production, distribution and marketing or business restructuring. Our team is composed of attorneys-at-law who have an extensive experience in food law combined with an in-depth understanding of the local legal culture and the way EU law is applied. The team brings together experts in the following areas: market practices, commercial, competition, international trade, VAT, customs, financial, corporate and M&A, administrative and litigation.

How can we help you?

Thanks to our integrated approach, we assist you with every aspect of your business: risk assessment with regard to regulatory aspects, strategic advice, product development, drafting contracts, handling complex transactions from inception to closing, administrative issues, including food safety authorities, representing you in court and in alternative dispute resolution. We also keep you aware of material changes, carry-out risk analyses and draft risk management schemes.

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