Maree Gallagher – Maree Gallagher Associates (MGA)

  • With offices in Dublin and Brussels, Maree Gallagher has been advising the Food and Drink sector on compliance with EU and Irish food law for over 20 years. Her practice spans the breadth of food law covering everything from primary production, labelling, food safety, product composition and classifications through to retail and catering. Regarded as one of Europe’s most experienced food lawyers, Maree has particular expertise in crisis management and product recall and has successfully managed many significant product issues for Irish and international clients. She was recently described by a client as the Red Adair of the food industry!

    Topic: “Crisis management and product recall”

    Placing unsafe food on the market can attract criminal penalties, including imprisonment. Therefore, how a food business handles a product issue can have very serious legal, financial and reputational consequences for the business, its management and its brand. The costs associated with a badly handled food crisis has been the ruin of many a company so it is essential for a food business to understand its legal obligations and how it should approach managing a crisis. This presentation will highlight some of the common pitfalls and will give attendees an insight into what it can do in ‘peacetime’ to ensure that any issue that arises in their business is contained and successfully managed. It will also briefly consider how to protect your business from Food Fraud.