Podcast: Katia Merten-Lentz on lab meat regulation and foodtech innovation

Lab meat, insects, and other novel foods could be the future, with major industry growth predicted in the coming decade. But can regulation keep up?

Leading EU food lawyer Katia Merten-Lentz joined us to discuss novel foods, innovation, the type of foods being developed, and how they are regulated. Katia founded Food Law Science & Partners in 2021. The firm specializes in food safety and food innovation.

We talked about:

  • the origins of “novel foods” and what they are;
  • different approaches to food regulation;
  • the EU’s more open stance on innovation since 2018;
  • the UK approach since Brexit;
  • the process of authorizing novel foods.

A transcript for this podcast is available here.