FOOD REGULATORY SERVICES
Peace of mind food legislation advice with a personal touch
Whatever exciting new food product you are about to launch, navigating complex and constantly changing food legislation requirements can seem like a daunting task. I’ll let you get on with the fun part and provide you with essential advice and guidance to ensure your product hits the market right first time.
Maybe you are:
a local artisan producer looking for plain English guidance or training on how to label your products?
a small company who is ready for the next step but you are not sure what additional product information will need to be provided?
a UK producer looking to export to mainland Europe and understand what it takes to market your product there?
in need of an extra pair of hands to set up your products for a major new launch?
I can help with food label creation and checks, marketing and artwork reviews, product specification advice, guidance and training on various food law topics, and keeping you updated with important changes, such as how Brexit could impact your products. Personal service is important to me and I work collaboratively to ensure we find solutions that work for you.
I offer tailor made packages to suit any size business and budget, from small ad hoc queries to inhouse contract work. Take a look at my site and see in more detail what I can do for you or get in touch to discuss your needs today.
Nicole Hamer (MIFST), Food Regulatory Consultant
I am a bilingual (English and German), degree qualified food legislation specialist with 15 years’ experience in multi-national corporations, such as Mars and RHM (now Premier Foods). I am an elected member of the food industry professional body the Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST).
I have particular knowledge of the jurisdictions in Germany, UK, Austria, and Switzerland, and the confectionery products category.
I am passionate about delivering compliant yet practical solutions with a personal touch. Having collaborated closely with different functions such as Marketing, Product Development or Procurement I understand broader business needs and can offer personalised guidance on how to work creatively within regulatory constraints.
Whether it is a label you need for a new launch, or advice on wording for your marketing campaign, or you are not sure what ingredients you can use in your chocolate product, or your are concerned about the impact of Brexit on food labelling, do get in touch to discuss your needs. I am available for small scale ad hoc queries as well as for contract work.
Working collaboratively with you to find compliant yet practical solutions
Do you have a new product but you are not sure what needs to be on the label? I can create bespoke label texts for you, train you in the requirements or provide a checking service to ensure compliance with all relevant food regulations for the UK and EU markets. I can also provide German label translations for sales in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Getting labelling wrong can quickly lead to challenging situations with food regulators and can be costly or even result in a product being taken off the market or rejected by a retail customer. Also the product packaging is the first contact with your consumer and a professional appearance of your label is important for your reputation. To find out how I can help you get labels right first time get in touch.
Do you know what ingredients are allowed in your product? Are you aware of the regulatory requirements for specialist ingredients such as novel foods or those sourced from outside the EU?
I can offer advice on product specifications and compositional standards to ensure your hand selected ingredients and passionately developed recipes meet all regulatory requirements. Chocolate being a very traditional product, for example, comes with a set of strict rules that must be adhered to in order to be able to use the sales name 'chocolate' on the label. These rules can be very technical and I can help you with my experience to translate them into practical, easy to understand guardrails. Contact me to find out what standards are important for your products.
Wondering what claims you can make about your product? Did you know that in 2018 the UK ASA dealt with over 2500 advertisement complaints across all product categories*? In particular nutrition and health claims or references to natural ingredients are increasingly popular but easily misleading and therefore under tough scrutiny by food regulators, competitors and consumers alike. Also such claims usually trigger additional labelling, such as nutritional information.
I can offer guidance on how to choose suitable claim wording and work collaboratively with you to find solutions. I can also check your existing artwork or marketing copies for compliance with relevant rules. Contact me to find out how I can help today.
GENERAL FOOD LAW ADVICE AND UPDATES
Are you concerned about what a no-deal Brexit might mean for your products' compliance and labelling going forward? Do you know how to interpret EU food legislation relevant to your products?
I can help you make sense of Brexit related changes for your products as these develop and become clearer. With my broad experience in EU food legislation I am also happy to offer advice on your queries around compliance across EU markets. No matter how small your question, do get in touch.