Schalast | Food and nutritional supplements

Food law stands as one of the most intricate and ever-evolving legal domains, with a keen focus on issues like climate protection, sustainable and regenerative production methods and the shift towards healthier dietary options such as plant-based foods. These trends are driving increasingly stringent standards for product production and labelling. Moreover, the EU is ramping up efforts to guarantee elevated consumer protection levels, notably through the proposed Green Claims Directive aimed at combatting greenwashing.

We offer comprehensive support to our clients, from product development and labelling to marketing strategies. This includes drafting agreements with sales partners and ensuring that product advertising is legally sound.

Product labelling is subject to extensive regulations aimed at safeguarding consumer interests. Even minor errors can lead to significant repercussions, including sales bans. This reality holds true not only for emerging FoodTech start-ups but also for established food and cosmetics manufacturers, underscoring the need for a legal partner who is both knowledgeable about the industry and capable of delivering tailored legal solutions in a rapidly evolving market landscape.

Our clients can rely on our expertise both inside and outside the courtroom. Whether facing scrutiny from regulatory bodies, potential warning letters from competitors or trade associations, product liability issues or product recalls, we are equipped to provide robust support and guidance.


Our expertise encompasses a range of complex legal queries, including but not limited to:

  • Differentiating between dietary supplements and medicinal products for distribution purposes: What are the implications for distribution channels?
  • Key considerations for manufacturers in the labelling and marketing of food supplements, particularly with the use of “botanicals”: What regulations are applicable?
  • Crafting legally compliant labels for food or dietary supplements (“health claims”) and advertisements: How can this be achieved?
  • Understanding the regulations surrounding novel and functional foods: What is allowed and what must be adhered to?
  • Navigating legal protocols in cases of potential liability, competition law infringement or product recall: What are the necessary legal steps?