LEGAL AGRIFOOD ABOGADOS is a law firm specialising in food law. We are abogados (a profession equivalent to a solicitor/barrister in the UK) and advise our clients on matters of Law, mainly (but not exclusively) food law. We also deal with pharmaceutical, administrative, intellectual, business, civil and competition law. We act in criminal law only when the case relates to food law. The principal partner is Vicente Rodríguez, an experienced lawyer with a record of successful court cases in the field of food law and a number of publications on the matter.
The firm operates all over Spain as its work is specialised and not geographically- based. We provide highly-specialised services and to our knowledge we are the only law firm in Spain specifically dedicated to food-law.
The work we do for our clients can be classified into three different categories:
a) Advising and giving legal opinions on products (composition, labelling, presentation, advertising, distribution, etc.), including assistance with clients’ relationships with the authorities.
b) Drafting legal documents relevant to clients’ activities (e.g. contracts).
c) Litigation on their behalf in administrative procedures, arbitration and at Court.
As examples of our work we could name
- reviewing the labelling of food products before they are placed on the market
- drafting a legal opinion on the use of the term natural when applied to a food ingredient
- drafting a legal opinion on requirements of placing food supplements in the Spanish market
- drafting a legal opinion on the use of a health-related claim
- contesting sanctioning procedures due to supposedly wrong labelling and quality of food products
- litigation between companies on the quality and presentation of a food product between
- litigation against the abusive practices of a food retailer
- drafting model food-distribution agreements to be used with distributors abroad
- litigation in the case of food alerts and product-recalls, including the prior administrative procedure.
Our clients are food companies - some of them leaders in Spain and the world -, some of the main Spanish food business associations and institutions in the public sector. Vicente Rodríguez is listed by the EC Directorate General for Health and Consumers as a legal expert in the fields of Food Safety, Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Plant Health as well as Public Health and, in 2011 was commissioned, to write the legal section of the Spanish Ministry of Health’s/FIAB Guidelines on the Food Alert System, to be published this year.
We have regular contact with regional Health, Agricultural and Consumer Authorities as well as with the Spanish Food Safety and Nutrition Agency and we have used our contacts with the Authorities in different manners on behalf of our clients, for example, to negotiate when the client has been ordered to modify its activity or product; when the client has been prosecuted; or to work out whether a new product or activity would pose any legal problem or what would the authorities’ criteria would be towards the use of a product or ingredient in food.
Vicente Rodríguez, profesor visitante en la Universidad IB Master (oficial) en Nutrigenómica y Nutrición Personalizada
FOOD LAWYER OF THE YEAR 2021
FOOD LAWYER OF THE YEAR 2020
Food Safety ∙ The Evolution of Systems for the Exchange of Information in Food Safety Situations in the Past 50 Years
EFFL Review 2/2023, by Vicente Rodriguez
"Food safety alerts, overall impact on the industry of food recalls"
by Vicente Rodriguez
CAMPUS DE EXCELENCIA INTERNACIONAL AGROALIMENTARIO
Presentación informe sobre"las declaraciones nutricionales y de propiedades saludables del aceite de oliva"
por Vicente Rodríguez
EFLA Workshop 21 June 2021
Setting of nutrient profiles and its interaction with front of pack nutrition labelling
The situation in Spain, presented by Vicente Rodriguez
The implementation of FIC Regulation in Spain,
by Vicente Rodríguez
Vicente Rodriguez at
Food Supplements Conference, Frankfurt 2020
Università Statale de Milano
The implementation of FIC Regulation
in the EU MS and the sanction models adopted
"The situation in Spain" by Vicente Rodriguez
Nuevo libro "Festschrift Bernd Van Der Meulen"March 2019, Wageningen Academic Publishers
THE FUNCTIONAL FIELD OF FOOD LAW
(Vicente Rodríguez's chapter, FOOD ALERTS AND RAFF)
Vicente Rodriguez chairs session on RASFF at EFLA Congress in Hamburg, 20-21 September 2018
EFLA Workshop on national sanctions for infringements of FIC Regulation. Brussels 11 April 18.
The case of Spain, presentation by Vicente Rodriguez
Vicente Rodríguez, profesor de legislacion alimentaria, Novel Foods y RASFF.
AINIA Valencia 1 marzo
Vicente Rodriguez chairs session on Personalised Nutrition at EFLA Conference,
Brussels 28 September
Vicente Rodriguez, profesor de legislación alimentaria internacional.
AINIA Madrid, abril 17
The RASFF, a critical approach by Vicente Rodriguez,
EFFL Review 2 2017
Vicente Rodriguez en RN1 "Las mañanas con Alfredo Menendez"
Vicente Rodriguez presenta la regulación de la indicacion del origen en los alimentos en España
EFLA Workshop, Bruselas 1/2/17
Vicente Rodriguez, profesor en curso de legislacion alimentaria internacional, AINIA Valencia, septiembre 16
Vicente Rodriguez inagura el Congreso "EU Food Law after REFIT: Better Regulation or More of the Same?" Warsaw, Poland, September 2016
Legal Agrifood patrocina VIII encuentro sobre Alimentacion y Estilo de Vida Saludables. Universidad P de Mallorca, 22-23 junio 16
Vicente Rodriguez, speaker at IBA conference. Rome 6 June 16
Vicente Rodríguez ponente en la asamblea del IG 22 de arbil
Lecciones de derecho alimentario 2015- 2016(Aranzadi)
Nuevo libro, Vicente Rodríguez y otros
Vicente Rodriguez speaker in PRODUCT DIFFERENTIATION STRATEGIES SEMINAR, 12 November, ISTAMBUL, Turkey
Vicente Rodríguez preside jornadas sobre la
repercusión del TTIP en el sector alimentario.
Buselas 21 octubre 15
Vicente Rodriguez ponente en Simposio sobre alimentacion y estilos de vida saludable
Vitoria-Gasteiz 3 de julio
Vicente Rodríguez ponente en curso de legislacion alimentaira internacional en AINIA 16 junio Valencia
Vicente Rodriguez ponente en
Regulatory and Food Law Training
Università Cattolica del Sacro Coure,
Cremona, Italy 7-12 June
Vicente Rodriguez ponente en conferencia en Washington (USA)
Nutrition and Health Claims North America
EFFL Review 1/2015 Horsemeat Scandal; Use of Recalls in Enforcement throughout the EU
Vicente Rodríguez y otros
Vicente Rodriguez ponente en UIB
Boomarkers and Health Claims on Food, February 2015
Vicente Rodiguez ponente en la conferencia FDLI
EUROPE VS US FOOD, DRUG, DEVICE & TOBACO REGULATION POLICY
Vicente Rodriguez reelegido Presidente de la European Food Law Association,
Nuevo libro dirigido por Vicente Rodríguez
Edita Univ. de Wageningen
Vicente Rodríguez profesor en el curso de elaboración de aceite de oliva, en Mayo del 2014
Vicente Rodríguez ponente en la conferencia 11th International Workshop, Nutrition and Health Claims Europe, 7 years of health claims, Situation Analysis, Ways forward. Brussels 3 April