Food and nutrition

Whitehouse is the leading specialist in public affairs and communications for the food and nutrition sector. We have a solid track record of delivering effective dialogue between our clients and regulators in the United Kingdom and devolved nations, as well as with the European Commission, European Parliament, other agencies of the European Union and competent authorities in Member States across the EU.

The outcome of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU has created considerable uncertainty for food and nutrition businesses operating in both. A substantial part of the regulatory framework for this sector stems from legislative output in Brussels and it is unclear what changes the UK government will choose to make as it begins negotiating its new relationship with the EU.

With in-house European legal support and a wide range of clients from national and European food trade associations to consumer campaigning groups and National Obesity Awareness Week, the Whitehouse team’s unrivalled expertise in this sector can help you navigate the emerging regulatory landscape, ensuring timely and tailored analysis and counsel.

Whitehouse has a strong background in the mainstream and specialist food sector ranging from sports nutrition to slimming products, from herbal remedies to food supplements, and from milk and protein products to novel foods. We have also helped shape the regulatory environment, including through our engagement with the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation and review of the legislation on foods for particular nutritional purposes. We regularly advise clients on engagement with European, national and local enforcement officials to deliver proportionate interpretation and implementation of food law.

Our engagement on public health matters has seen us work closely with Public Health England, NHS England and Health Education England in helping shape policy in this area. We also have close links with the Food Standards Agency, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, UK Anti-Doping, key UK Government bodies from the Department of Health to the Behavioural Insights Team and relevant bodies within the devolved institutions.

Clients have included, the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance, the Health Food Manufacturers Association, Holland & Barrett, Vitabiotics, Cambridge Weight Plan and the National Obesity Forum.

Further information

For further information about our expertise in the food and nutrition sector, and our work supporting some of the industry’s leaders, please click here.

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