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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: April 2021

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Time to review the role of dietary histamine in the food allergy and intolerance debate

Histamine is a biogenic amine that serves an important physiological role in the human body. Although histamine can be found naturally in many foods, excessive histamine in one’s diet can also cause severe reactions or intolerance or allergy symptoms for many people. In more extreme cases, under given circumstances, histamine can cause food poisoning (scombroid poisoning). This article reviews the role of histamine in the human body, the symptoms of histamine poisoning and intolerance, the presence of histamine in certain foods, the limited impact of current processing histamine levels, and other issues. This article invites opportunities by regulators and food companies to review their approach in relation to histamine in foods. Histamine is a biogenic amine that serves an important physiological role in the human body. Although histamine can be found naturally in many foods, excessive histamine in one’s diet can also cause severe reactions or intolerance or allergy symptoms for many people. In more extreme cases, under given circumstances, histamine can cause food poisoning (scombroid poisoning). This article reviews the role of histamine in the human body, the symptoms of histamine poisoning and intolerance, the presence of histamine in certain foods, the limited impact of current processes on histamine levels, and other issues. This article invites opportunities by regulators and food companies to review their approach in relation to histamine in foods. (The author would like to thank FoodLegal founder Joe Lederman for raising several hypothetical scenarios that triggered new avenues for the research on this topic).

Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally (April 2021)

A summary of regulatory developments in food law for the month of April 2021.

Tree nuts and the PEAL allergen labelling variation: Legal and scientific considerations

Tree nuts are one of the most prevalent and important food allergens, potentially affecting up to 3% of people worldwide, with variation in numbers due to age, region, or the way how the allergy is defined [1]. Mandatory labelling of tree nuts is one of the key elements of food allergy management in Australia [2]. A lack of clarity within the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Food Standards Code) regarding precisely which tree nuts must be declared as allergens, and the common industry practice of labelling individual tree nuts as a group in summary statements or precautionary labels [3], have been cited as some of the reasons for introducing new Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) laws. This article addresses changes to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (Food Standards Code) in the implementation of new allergen labelling laws that concern the identification of tree nuts. These laws have resulted in a significant change to the allergen labelling requirements for food products to be sold in Australia. These requirements form part of a new regulatory regime, which became law on 25 February 2021, known as the 'Plain English Allergen Labelling' (PEAL) laws.

How the National Plastics Plan and single-use plastic bans could shape plastic use

To address the issue of plastic waste in Australia, the federal Australian government and several State governments have announced initiatives designed to reduce plastic waste and avoid the use of some plastic materials. Australia has been considering numerous issues on plastic waste for several years, with ongoing negotiations between governments at Federal and State level with food and packaging company stakeholders, municipal governments and environmental groups. This article reviews the background and likely impacts of a National Plastics Plan announced in March 2021 as well as the single-plastic bans being implemented in Australian States.


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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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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), 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.