Kieffer Legal Services:
Law firm specialized in food law
We advise and represent the food industry, suppliers and distributors in matters of food law and all other legal issues related to the production and marketing of foods and beverages. Our key areas of work are:
- Food and feed law
- Unfair competition law
- Intellectual property law (e.g. trademark law)
- Agricultural law
- Excise duties
- Association law
Due to our long-standing experience, our work is characterized by legal and market expertise, speed, pragmatism and sense of proportion. We offer legal advice in all shapes and sizes, represent interests to local institutions and governmental institutions as well as and in courts and we take over legal functions being outsourced. Our utmost priority is to develop holistic advice and tailored made solutions to meet the needs of our clients.
Currenty, there is only one EU-wide system of compulsory labelling on animal welfare - for table eggs. The system for eggs is based on the EU legislation for laying hens defining different production methods (cages, free range, barn, etc.). Such classification of production methods does not exist for other types of animal production in the EU.
The European Commission does not plan to extend animal welfare labelling beyond eggs-
Instead, the strategy is oriented towards considering the development of an instrument to better inform consumers and companies on animal welfare friendly products that could be used by both producers and retailers, ensuring a transparency to consumers without overflowing them with information on the label. So the approach goes more to a voluntary labelling scheme.
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sLidl, the German discount supermarket, has been selling its own brand fresh milk as "GMO free" since July 2016 using the labelling scheme approved by the German government. Since August two GMO free cheeses have been also made available under its private label.
By Regulation (EC) No. 2016/1330 the European Commission updated Regulation (EC) 1235/2008 setting out the lists of countries whose system of products and control measures of organic products of agricultural products are recognised as equivalent to those laid down in Regulation (EC) No. 834/2007.
Regualation No. 2016/1330 entered into force on 22 August 2016.