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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: May 2020

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

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Maximum Residue Limits: Is FSANZ endorsement of Codex MRLs right or wrong?

On 20 March 2020, FSANZ announced a new process for future reviews of Australian Maximum Residue Limits (MRLs) in the context of harmonisation with international MRLs such as those established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission. This article raises concerns about the potential effects of this proposal within the context of MRL regulations in Australia. One of the lessons from COVID-19 is that international bodies might be influenced where there are a range of international pressures. Public health must take priority over free trade if the two are to be equated.

When can a food description become a protected Geographical Indicator?

A World Trade Organisation dispute between Australia and the EU over the definition of “prosecco” has highlighted the value of Geographical Indicators in influencing world trade. This article explores the questions surrounding how and when a food description can become a Geographical Indicator that is subject to international protection. We address the prosecco scenario as a case study and consider several other illustrations on approaching food descriptions that might be associated with a geographic region.

Proposed draft changes for Australian export rules for meat and meat products

In March 2020, the Australian Department of Agriculture announced a second public consultation on the Draft Export Control (Meat and Meat Products) Rules 2020. This article explores the stakeholder feedback arising from the first round of public consultation (in November 2018) and some of the key changes made by the Department of Agriculture in response to the earlier feedback received.


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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.