European Business Law Review

Volume 27 (2016)

Volume 27 (2016) / Issue 3

Eva van der Zee, 'Legal Limits on Food Labelling Law: Comparative Analysis of the EU and the USA' (2016) 27 European Business Law Review, Issue 3, pp. 295–323


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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