Canada is home to a robust and heavily regulated food and natural health product industry. From the growing of crops to the processing, transportation, distribution and sale of food and natural health products to consumers, food and natural health product law requires a legal team with exceptional insight and hands-on experience with government regulators.
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The rapid growth of the health food and health supplement sector has led to increasing regulatory review of the safety of these products and the validity of health claims made about them.
Public health concerns following recent high-profile food borne illness cases are forcing local producers to adopt new and more rigorous supply-chain verification and traceability protocols to mitigate the serious enterprise risk associated with food production.
The Gowlings’ Food & Natural Health Products Law Group has the expertise and experience to manage a broad spectrum of regulatory concerns affecting the manufacturing, processing, marketing, advertising, sale and distribution of food and natural health products.
In combination with our national network of business law professionals, we provide comprehensive solutions in financing (corporate lending and project finance), licensing and distribution, packaging and labelling, risk management and product liability for the food and natural health product industry.
Our professionals frequently work with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada, the Competition Bureau and other governmental agencies to support and represent client matters.
Across the country and around the world, our clients look to us for expert advice on all of their issues concerning food and natural health product production and manufacturing including: product labelling and marketing, misleading advertising, regulatory approvals and reforms, food and drug importing, brand promotion and protection, licensing, distribution and franchising, food safety, product liability issues and recalls.