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Karin Verzijden

Karin is a food and pharma lawyer, assisting food business operators and biotech & pharmaceutical companies bringing innovative products to the (EU) market. In particular, she facilitates commercial and R&D driven (licensing) transactions. In those transactions, she applies her specific legal and business expertise on food and pharma, including clinical trials, medical foods, Novel Foods and food supplements.

Karin also advises on data protection legislation; helping companies in getting up to speed with the GDPR requirements. Furthermore, she assists with borderline issues, advising companies on how to position their product upon market introduction. She knows how to avoid making medical claims for food products and how to make proper use of nutrition and health claims. Karin reports on current EU and international food law developments on her blog www.foodhealthlegal.com.
Karin contributes to international conferences on a regular basis. In 2018, she will be speaking at Vitafoods in Geneva, the International Life Sciences Institute Symposium in Madrid and Food Matters Live in London.

In addition to her law degree, Karin holds a Master of Arts degree in French. Karin has a broad cultural and culinary interest.

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Can unhealthy foods enter the ‘health halo’? The boundaries of health claims in the absence of nutrient profiles

To date, about 30% of pre-packed food products marketed in the EU have entered the ‘health halo’, attracting consumers by scientifically proven health benefits. The Claims Regulation provides that food products must…

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Investors meet food and agro start-ups

During the two days event in Wageningen, on 17 and 18 May this year, food start-ups will have the opportunity to give their best before an audience of seasoned investors. In the…

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A guide to the Dutch sustainable certification jungle in food

In the beginning of the new calendar year, people tend to stick to new year’s resolutions, such as eating healthier. In supermarkets and other stores choosing healthy/ sustainable products is made easy…

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