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Record number 497926
Title Legal Limits on Food Labelling Law: Comparative Analysis of the EU and the USA
Author(s) Zee, E.L. van der
Source Wageningen University Law and Governance group (Wageningen working paper Law and Governance 2015/01) - 57 p.
Department(s) Law and Governance
Publication type Working paper aimed at scientific audience
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Freedom of expression, free speech, food labelling, corporate, constitutional rights
Abstract The objective of this study is to explore to what extent freedom of expression should protect food businesses against government intervention with corporate communications on food labels. A functional comparative method was used to analyse the objective. It was found that expression on food labels should be considered primarily commercial in nature. In the USA some food labelling regulations are considered inconsistent with the freedom of commercial expression. EU courts seem to uphold government restrictions to commercial expression in all cases, especially when restrictions are based on protection of human health. It can be concluded that food businesses should only be able to claim free speech rights on food labels when it is of importance to the public or consumers.
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