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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

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: August 2022

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Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally (August 2022)

A summary of regulatory developments in food law in Australia and internationally, for the month of August 2022.

When and how can Australian governments restrict or ban food imports and exports?

Australian governments have wide powers to protect public health and safety, the environment and the economy. This article explores when and how Australian governments can restrict or ban the import and/or export of certain food categories through the lens of examples including the Russia/Ukraine war, the May 2022 outbreak of food-and-mouth disease, high caffeine and other high-risk foods.

Waste management: Different legal frameworks and regulatory models of product stewardship post-sale

Product stewardship models have become increasingly popular as regulators look to achieve a more circular economy and businesses strive to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and the environment. Although stewardship frameworks focus on business and consumer engagement post-sale, participating businesses must also take important steps before the product even goes to market. This article considers examples of several product stewardship frameworks in a food context, and discusses the pre-sale requirements that a food business must meet in order to participate in each scheme.

Why industry has stepped in by seeking a limited modification for pregnancy warnings on some alcohol packaging

On 22 July 2022, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) accepted an application by the Brewers Association of New Zealand that would permit pregnancy warning labels to be printed onto corrugated cardboard packaging in a single colour. This article explores the reasoning behind the application and looks at the history of the pregnancy warning requirements.


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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 such as the latest Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) 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), Enterprise Singapore, IPI Singapore, Fine Foods Australia, the Australian Industry (AI) Group, the Singapore Dairy Conference, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM), Monash Food Innovation Centre.