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Food Law.

Project Description

Food law aims at ensuring a high level of health protection. An integrated “farm to fork” approach is a general principle for European food safety policy.

Food law, both at national and EU level, establishes the rights of consumers to safe food and to accurate information.  Stakeholders also include non-governmental organisations, professional associations, international trade organisations, food manufacturers and importers.

European Union (EU) food law aims to harmonise national requirements in order to ensure the free movement of food and feed in the EU.  Food law recognises the EU’s commitment to upholding international standards and a high level of consumer protection.curate information.  Stakeholders also include non-governmental organisations, professional associations, international trade organisations, food manufacturers and importers.

European Regulation 178/2002 establishes three inter-related compenents of risk analysis (risk assessment, risk management and risk communication.

Risk analysis principles in relation to food safety underpin the scientific and technical evaluations undertaken by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Services:

Legal advice on implementation of EU Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers:
  • new labelling requirements
  • nutrition information on processed foods
  • mandatory origin labelling of unprocessed meat
  • allergen information and labelling legibility
Legal advice on the classification, labelling, notification, marketing and distribution of food supplements under the European Food Supplements Directive 2002/46/EC including:
  • vitamin and mineral supplements,
  • nutritional supplements
  • herbal supplements
Legal advice on the classification, registration, distribution and sales of food products including:
  • nutritional beverages
  • nutritional supplements
  • meal replacement products
Legal advice on implementation of the European Regulation 609/2013 on Food for Specific Groups (FSG) / PARNUTS and its impact on:
  • infant formula
  • follow-on formula
  • processed cereal baby-food and baby foods
  • foods for special medical purposes
  • foods for weight control and weight reduction
 Legal advice on European Novel Food Regulation:
  • authorisation applications
  • notification to government authorites
  • labelling requirements
Legal advice on European Regulation 41/2009 concerning foodstuffs suitable for people intolerant to gluten
  • labelling and composition
  • marketing and advertising
  • presentation to the consumer
Legal advice on European Directive 96/8 on foods intended for weight reduction:
  • nutritional substance composition
  • manufacture
  • labelling
  • health claims
Legal assistance in the development, marketing and sales of patented food products including:
  • nutritional shakes
  • nutritional drinks / beverages
  • nutritional low calorie and very low calorie products
Legal advice on:
  • chemical safety
  • biological safety
  • use of food improvement agents
Legal advice on product liability and consumer law throughout the process:
  • product development / R&D
  • marketing, promotion and advertising
  • distribution and sales
Legal advice on provisions of the Malta law:
  • Malta’s Food Safety Act (Chapter 449 of the Laws of Malta)
  • Hygiene of Food Regulations
  • Food Safety (Sampling) Regulations
  • Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations
  • Food Supplements Regulations
  • Additives in Food Regulations
  • Permitted Food Additives Regulations
  • Infant formulae and Follow-Up Formulae Regulations
Legal advice to companies on the passport of business operations to Europe:
  • incorporation and set-up
  • corporate governance
  • tax planning
  • contract negotiation, drafting and review of commercial contracts
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