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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: November 2021

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

A summary of regulatory developments in food law in Australia and internationally for the month of November 2021.

How the Poisons Standard can trigger action by a regulator against a food company

The recent addition of nicotine vaping products to the Poisons Standard highlights the significance that the Poisons Standard can play in developing the formulation of food products that are ingested or consumed in a manner well beyond inhalation. This article addresses the influence the Poisons Standard has on aspects of product development or other aspects of regulation of food products. This article provides further illustrative guidance.

The need for regulatory action on inorganic arsenic in baby foods

Rice-based baby food has been in the news headlines lately due to potentially concerning levels of arsenic and other heavy metals. Infants and young children are vulnerable consumers, and the levels of contaminants to which they are exposed are assessed with greater scrutiny due to the lower body weight and thus lower levels of contaminants they can tolerate. This article covers why arsenic is of concern, its toxicological limits, how arsenic gets into rice, how it can be measured in the laboratory and on the field, and the regulatory limits for arsenic in baby food (if any) in Australia and other major jurisdictions, as well as pertinent international standards. Finally, the article discusses the levels of arsenic in rice products on the Australian market and the need for further regulatory measures regarding inorganic arsenic in baby food.

Making different types of Carbon claims (Part 2): The Australian legal framework for selling carbon credits

A food producer seeking to reduce its carbon emissions or even just marketing its food products with an environmentally-friendly attribute, may want to consider the making of a ‘carbon claim’. Yet the very concept of a ‘carbon claim’ can have a range of different meanings. For example, one type of carbon claim might be a claim that relies on the measurement of carbon emissions in production being calculated to be low by reference to a particular ‘carbon calculator’ (e.g. possibly referencing a specified certification scheme). However, another option for a different type of carbon claim might not necessarily involve direct reduction of carbon emissions in the food production process. A business might purchase ‘carbon credits’ that will “offset” the carbon emissions of production but rely on this offset to make a claim that the producer has thereby produced carbon emissions in this other way. This article considers the current regulatory framework in Australia for making a carbon offset claim.


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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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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), 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.