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FoodLegal specialises in providing solutions and advice in relation to regulatory issues surrounding the Food Standards Code, Australian Consumer Law as well as advice in relation to product development and food marketing compliance

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Bulletin


Australia's premier periodical in food law and policy issues. It focuses specifically on analysis and commentary for regulatory compliance and the legal issues affecting food and food industry participants

Latest issue: September 2020

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Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and overseas (September 2020)

A summary of food regulatory developments for September 2020.

Australian Government initiates major food regulatory reform processes

In November 2019, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (the Forum) endorsed plans to modernise the food regulatory sphere through a series of reviews and reforms. The Forum, along with other regulatory bodies, is currently undertaking an extensive assessment of the joint regulatory framework for food industries in Australia and New Zealand.

All Vegetable oils are not the same: Comparisons of different categories of Vegetable oils

Several types of vegetable oils are consumed as part of the daily diet as a result of incorporation into in food product formulations, addition by the consumer during cooking or use as part of a meal. Traditionally, the big four - soybean, palm, rapeseed/canola and sunflower oils - have dominated the market of edible vegetable oils. However, emerging nutrition trends have expanded the range of vegetable oils being used on a daily basis. These include olive oil, coconut oil, walnut oil, hemp oil, avocado oil, rice bran oil and numerous others. This article provides a comparative summary of many different vegetable oils and compares their cooking qualities and oxidative stability, use of preservatives, nutritional, health and safety aspects. Finally, the article discusses some fraudulent practices in relation to vegetable oils.

Can food be sold in a capsule, pill or tablet format? Strategic pathways for assessing a product against Australia’s food-medicine interface

The convenience of capsule, pill and tablet formats may prevail over more traditional food formats such as powders and liquids, particularly for consumption and dosage purposes. Capsule, pill and tablet formats are commonly used in medicines, but can these formats ever be used when selling food in Australia? This article also explores the different aspects of the food-medicine interface, the key questions to consider when ascertaining whether a product is a food or therapeutic good (such as a complementary medicine), and whether and when a product that might qualify as a New Zealand supplemented food might be treated differently, and other issues to consider for a food which is sold in a unique format.


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About Us



FoodLegal specialises in food law consultancy, compliance risk management, certification of product compliance integrity for food and beverage products and other allied products

We advise Australia's largest food companies, international brands, as well as small-to-medium sized enterprises and startups.

Our team of lawyers and consultants represent food manufacturers, importers, distributors, brand marketers, retailers, industry associations and groups.

We also work with clients from allied fields such as complementary medicines, life sciences, agribusiness and farmer-producers.

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Give your team a mastery of food compliance and risk management. Streamline your development and compliance processes with our legal and scientific hands-on experience. Dynamic, easy-to-understand legal commentary. All the benefits of having FoodLegal lawyers in-house.



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Our Events


At FoodLegal we believe that education is crucial to keeping your competitive edge.

Workshops

Our most popular courses focus on the different regulatory aspects of developing and marketing food products, including:

  • Food Labelling 101
  • Health Claims
  • Trending Claims
  • Marketing to Children
  • Country of Origin Labelling methodologies
  • Fulfilment of compliance programs under the Australian Competition and Consumer Law

Private Training Events

FoodLegal can provide tailored private training for individual companies to address their specific needs. 

Bespoke training can be delivered on-site or online.

Symposiums

FoodLegal hosts Symposiums on hot topics including:

  • Government regulatory requirements, standards, codes and claims pertaining to selling "healthier foods"
  • Food fraud
  • New regulatory developments for food Imports and Exports
  • Analysis of the new Food Standards Code

Speaking Engagements and Publications

As an integral part of the food industry, FoodLegal is regularly invited to speak and participate in Australian and international industry events, discussion panels and forums throughout the year.

Our recent speaking engagements include events run by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), Fine Foods Australia, the Australian Industry (AI) Group, the Singapore Dairy Conference, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM), and the Monash Food Innovation Centre.