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.
The WHO intoduced a tool that seeks to quantify the extent and nature of children’s exposure to marketing for HFSS foods (high in saturated fat, salt and/or free sugars) via television and the Internet.
The protocol, and accompanying coding forms, sets out a system by which Member States can catalogue marketing via either or both of these avenues, and includes both minimal and expanded versions to allow for different levels of complexity of data collection, depending on a country’s needs and the research capabilities of the team doing the work. Using this method will provide data on both exposure and power of marketing to children.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced to publish a scientifc opinion on how much added sugar can be included in a healthy diet by 2020.
ECHA's Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) agrees to maintain the current harmonised classification of glyphosate as a substance causing serious eye damage and being toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects. RAC concluded that the available scientific evidence did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction.
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On 19 Janary 2017 the European Court of Justice decided whether the German legislation at issue in the main proceedings is in breach of EU law in that it, first, prohibits the use of amino acids in food in general, regardless of whether there are reasons to suspect that there is a risk to health and, second, imposes conditions on the possibility of obtaining a derogation.
The Lebensmittel- und Futtermittelgesetzbuch (German Code on foodstuffs and animal feed) aims to protect human health by prevention measures in the private national field or to prevent a risk that these products present or may present. The referring court referred to the version of the Code published on 3 June 2013 (BGBl. 2013 I, p. 1426), as amended byParagraph 2 of the Law of 5 December 2014.
In essence the European Court of Justice ruled:
Articles 6 and 7 of Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European Food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety must be interpreted as precluding national legislation, such as that at issue in the main proceedings, which prohibits the manufacture, processing or marketing of any food supplement containing amino acids, unless a derogation has been issued by a national authority with discretion in that respect, where that legislation is based on a risk analysis which concerns only certain amino acids, which it is for the referring court to verify. In any event, those articles must be interpreted as precluding such national legislation, where that legislation lays down that the derogations to the prohibition covered by it may only be granted for a specific period even in cases where the safety of a substance is established.
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