Food & beverages

French Interministerial Mission on Drugs (MILDECA) reacts to CJEU Kanavape judgment

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 24 November 2020, following the decision of the European Court of Justice (CJEU) in the Kanavape case, the French Interministerial Mission for the Fight against Drugs and Addictive Behaviours (MILDECA) published an update on the legal status of cannabidiol (CBD) in France. The judgment, which was rendered on 19 November 2020, confirmed that CBD Read More

CJEU landmark ruling confirms that CBD is not a narcotic drug and that member states may not prohibit its marketing

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Today, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) delivered its long-awaited decision in Case C-663/18 (Kanavape) ruling that a member state may not ban the marketing of cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from the Cannabis sativa plant in its entirety. In today’s judgment, the Court finds that EU law, in particular the provisions on the Read More

Advocate General of the CJEU considers French ban on hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) contrary to EU law

Eveline Van Keymeulen

Yesterday, Advocate General Tanchev presented his long-awaited opinion before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Case C-663/18 (Kanavape) stating that the general ban on natural cannabidiol (CBD) in France is contrary to EU law. It is the first time that the highest European Court, including the Advocate General, has been requested Read More

French guidance on marketing limitations for food products

Eveline Van Keymeulen

The DGCCRF recently published its guidelines on marketing limitations for food products and notably some guidance on the prohibition of the French term “gratuit”. This document sets out the conditions under which the new rules on promotional offers will be implemented by the DGCCRF. Theses guidelines are subject to change or development in the light Read More

The UK Food Standards Agency sets deadline for the CBD industry and provides safety advice to consumers

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 13 February 2020, the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) issued safety advice to users and set a deadline for businesses regarding cannabidiol (CBD) products under its supervision (i.e. mainly CBD oil, drops, foods and supplements). Noting the lack of information on the safety and contents of CBD products currently marketed in the UK, FSA Read More