Food Law Digest - Fourth Edition 2014


Bird & Bird's Food & Beverage Group is delighted to present the fourth edition of the Food Law Digest in 2014.

In this issue we report on the response to Russia's import ban on certain agricultural and food products and the response to the German government's consultation on the migration of mineral oil components from food contact materials and articles.

We hope you will enjoy reading this selection of interesting and informative articles. Please click on each title for more information.

Mark Abell

Head of the Food & Beverage Group

Russian Hot Potato results into additional €165 million for market support measures
Willem Bongaerts, Brian Mulier, Goran Danilovic, The Hague

As detailed in our newsletter of September 17, 2014, the European Union ("EU") has extended the scope of the sanctions against Russia.
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When European administrative law meets food law
Maria-Paz Martens, Nicolas Carbonnelle, Brussels
In Case T-354/13, the General Court has deemed a request to cancel a name entered in the register of protected designations of origin and protected geographical indications ("PGI") as inadmissible as it was not an administrative decision that could be challenged before the Court.

Czech Republic
Zomato acquired leading Czech and Slovak lunch websites
Andrea Jarolímková, Prague

More than one million Czech and Slovak customers per month are choosing their lunch restaurant through very popular websites and Just by the way of an example, offers around 20,000 lunch menus every day having more than 3,000 restaurants from 60 Czech cities in its database.
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Greek franchise Palmie bistro is planning to enter into Czech market
Andrea Jarolímková, Prague

The chain restaurant Palmie bistro, who won the title of the best franchise in Greece in 2013, is currently looking for partners in order to establish new branches in the Czech Republic.
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Labelling, advertising and presentation of foodstuffs: some clarifications provided by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development on the coordination of the EU Regulation 1169/2011 with the Italian legal provisions

Linda Brugioni, Milan
The application of most of the provisions of Regulation (EU) no. 1169/2011 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2011 on the provision of food information to consumers (the "Regulation") is approaching.
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German Ordinance on Mineral Oil in Food Packaging Consultation
Matthias Lang, Düsseldorf
The German Federal Government is currently reviewing comments it received during a ministerial association consultation (Verbändeanhörung) on a proposed ordinance dealing with the migration of mineral oil components from food contact materials and articles.
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Significant changes to Polish competition law

Marcin Alberski, Warsaw
The long-awaited amendments to the Polish Competition Act will enter into force on 18 January 2015, thereby influencing the Polish Competition Authority's decisive practice and introducing new ways to terminate anti-competitive practices.
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Slovakia to battle child obesity in schools

Katarína Bujňáková, Bratislava
The Slovak government's intention to prevent and reduce children's obesity at schools has been introduced recently through a bill to the Slovak School Act No. 245/2008 Coll. restricting the sale of certain "inadequate and unhealthy" foods and beverages in the automat machines in the premises of elementary and secondary schools.
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UK Government commits to setting up a Food Crime Unit
Rachel Fetches, London

In the wake of the horsemeat scandal, Professor Chris Elliott's final report into the integrity and assurance of food supply network was finally published in September 2014.
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