Companies in the food sector operate in a highly competitive and highly regulated market. Ploum has built its food practice around the challenges that food companies face on a daily basis. We regularly see new issues and challenges arise that require in-depth experience and knowledge of the sector.
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Our food practice focuses on the many compliance issues surrounding the import, processing and marketing of food and animal feed. This includes but is not limited to topics such as pesticide residues, veterinary import controls, microbiology, contaminants and other safety and compliance risks. Our team has extensive experience assisting companies facing recalls or product liability claims filed by buyers or third parties. We are known for our unique expertise in food-related issues and supervision and enforcement by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) and other regulators active in the sector. We also have a team of experts who are fully versed in issues related to labeling, advertising and trademarks.
Ploum's multidisciplinary food team combines the above specialties with more generic legal services ranging from international trade (including customs law), litigation, banking and finance law and insurance to corporate, labor and administrative law, criminal law, IP, IT and, for example, privacy.
This all-round knowledge enables us to advise food and feed companies across the board and throughout the entire chain, from production and logistics to trade and retail. In addition to the often technical food and product regulations discussed earlier, we also advise on issues concerning the environment, residual flows, nitrogen problems, storage and transport of products and various (environmental) permit procedures.
In short, we approach legal issues surrounding food, animal feed and product safety from all legal angles.
Our specialists are closely involved with universities and various industry associations (NOFOTA, GAFTA, the Committee of Grain Traders, NZV, etc.) and regularly give lectures on developments and issues affecting the sector. Internationally, our practice is part of the Food Lawyers Network and the Greenlane network of firms specialising in international trade law including food law and customs law. This allows us to assist our clients quickly and effectively where necessary, both in other EU member states and beyond.
‘We work with Ploum in the fields of IP, trade, contracts, manufacturing and logistics. The firm’s down to earth and hands-on approach makes it unique. Ploum is so important for our business because it is exceptionally skilful in its area of expertise and brings complex problems back to workable solutions for companies like us.’ – Legal 500 EMEA 2023
‘The way Ploum’s IP team restructured our branding teams and the way they are protecting our IP is impressive to say the least. They changed the way our global company is looking at branding and the way we should take care of our brands. Legal matters are handled very professionally. I can say with certainty that Ploum’s IP team became invaluable to our business.’ – Legal 500 EMEA 2023
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