Caroline Commandeur supports Keller and Heckman’s Food and Drug attorneys in advising clients on the regulatory compliance of food, feed, and cosmetic products in the EU, from their placing on the European market, to their labelling and advertising. More specifically, she has developed a deep knowledge of EU rules related to food innovation and she assists clients during the development of their new food products (e.g., novel foods, new food additives, genetically modified food, and food ingredients) to prevent future legal hurdles, including pre-market authorizations and labelling issues.
Caroline also assesses the compliance of claims made on food and cosmetic products to EU general and specific law, including organic production rules and customs law related to the origin of goods. As a member of the Paris and Brussels Bars, Caroline assists the Litigation practice in matters against competitors and authorities before French, Belgian, and European Jurisdictions. She guides clients through all steps of litigation involving food or cosmetic products, whether before criminal, commercial, civil, or administrative courts, from the development of the litigation strategy through its implementation, until the enforcement of the Court decision.
Caroline studied International and European law in France, developing a well-rounded background that includes familiarity with food, agricultural, consumer, competition, and product liability law. At university, she focused her thesis and projects on EU food law (e.g., EU regulatory compliance of beauty claims made on food; the marketing of edible insects) and French legal proceedings (e.g., litigation in the food law area in France). Caroline’s university curriculum included a one-year academic exchange program in Spain, where Caroline developed a good knowledge of the Spanish language and the Spanish legal system.
Caroline also worked as an intern with small, generalist French law firms and gained critical experience of the legal proceedings before French administrative, criminal, and civil courts. She joined Keller and Heckman as an intern supporting the EU food team, just before joining the French Bar school, where she also obtained a Professional Training Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. This experience allows her to assist our attorneys and clients with information on current food and cosmetics regulatory issues and litigation matters within the EU.
- Provided regulatory guidance on the legal status and associated regulatory constraints (e.g., pre-market authorization, name of the food, GM labelling) in the development of a newly developed protein.
- Provided legal opinion on the regulatory status of ingredients used in other foodstuffs for their technological properties (e.g., food additive vs. “common” food ingredient) in the context of the “clean label” trend.
- Litigated with French Fraud Control authorities regarding alleged misleading claim on food products; assisted the client at the audition with the investigators and reached a settlement with the administration.