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Food Safety Criminal Investigations and compliance

Our lawyers are experienced in all aspects of Food Safety Criminal defence work

We have extensive experience in relation to the food sector, having acted for FTSE 100 clients in a range of criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by the regulators, including local authorities and the Food Standards Agency.

Our advice has covered food poisoning outbreaks, contamination of food by foreign objects, deliberate sabotage, rodent and other infestations, unsafe and substandard food, unhygienic premises and emergency measures such as premises closures, date coding and underage sales.

We have also advised clients on multi-jurisdiction compliance issues, including labelling and composition and comparative enforcement.

Our Food Safety lawyers can advise on policy development

Our Food Safety lawyers advise on policy development for a range of clients and have supported a government body on food safety publications. In addition, we advise on potential liabilities under new legislation for food sector clients.

Our Food Safety lawyers advise on product recall

Working in conjunction with lawyers in our Commercial Litigation team, we are frequently called upon in food safety recall cases. Eversheds Sutherland was involved in advising clients on the horsemeat scandal and the Sudan 1 and Para Red cases.

Our experienced lawyers are regular speakers at sector-based events. We are a committee member of the Food Law Group and Campden BRI.

Our lawyers provide training on Food Safety law

We provide a range of training courses and briefings in order to assist you with achieving compliance with the myriad of regulations in food safety law. For more information please see the related tools section.

Contact our Environment, Health and Safety team

If you would like further information or need advice, please contact our legal team.

Food for thought: prominence of food allergens in the consumer sector

Food Safety and Investigations team Capability Statement