Our food lawyers are legal experts on all aspects of regulatory compliance and regulatory enforcement relating to food.
We advise food businesses about the law relating to general food safety, contaminants, supplements, additives, novel foods, genetically modified foods, foods for particular nutritional uses/food for specific groups and animal feed.
In addition, our lawyers can advise on diverse matters such as:
If your business is unfortunate enough to find itself the subject of an investigation, enforcement notice or prosecution by a local authority or other regulator, we can provide advice in connection with statutory interviews and representation in court if a prosecution follows.
We flag up to businesses in the food industry any proposed or forthcoming changes in food legislation emanating either from the EU or from the UK and provide advice so that they can anticipate the changes and build them into their commercial processes.
We work closely with the firm's transactional teams in providing support during the sale and purchase of businesses in the food industry, undertaking due diligence checks and using our experience of food law to negotiate and draft indemnities and warranties.
Our experienced lawyers provide legal advice for businesses involved in agriculture and horticulture, fishing, manufacturing, processing, distribution, warehousing, catering, leisure, wholesale, retail and waste disposal.
Examples of how we have helped clients include:
The FSA has published its Annual Report on Incidents. This report examines the 1,514 contamination incidents involving foods, feeds and the food-related environment reported to it in 2015.
The legal requirements relating to the voluntary indication of the absence or reduced presence of gluten in food, have been changed.
The EU's legislative process has approved a final draft of a new regulation on novel foods. The draft regulation is likely to become law in the near future, with most of it coming into force two years later.
John Mitchell explains the guidelines around food recall laws and the impact product recalls can have on a company.
Following the vote to leave the EU, there has been considerable speculation as to which EU laws will continue to apply once the UK has actually left the EU. This article considers the implications for food legislation.
On 20 July 2016, Directive 2009/39/EC on food for particular nutritional uses (PARNUTS) is repealed and replaced by a new regime under Regulation (EU) 609/2013 on food for specific groups (FSG).
Changes are imminent to the regulation of food marketed for use by people engaged in sport.