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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: February 2021

Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and overseas (February 2021)

A summary of regulatory developments in food law for February 2021

What is the role of the Poisons Standard in Australian food law?

The Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code does not make any reference to the Poisons Standard. Nevertheless, it is often useful to consider the Poisons Standard in developing or updating the formulation for a new or existing product. This article explains how the Poisons Standard interacts with Australian food laws and what it means if a substance is listed in the Poisons Standard, and highlights some important case studies where a failure to consider the Poisons Standard could result in a product formulation that does not meet regulatory requirements.

Are Australia’s liquor laws fit for purpose?

Australia’s current liquor laws seek to minimise the risk of harm from alcohol abuse. However, the regulation of liquor varies across each State and Territory and it is not always clear what is, what is not, and what ought not to be regulated as “liquor”. This lack of clarity raises the question – are Australia’s liquor laws still fit for purpose, particularly in light of increases in online sales and recent research into reducing excessive alcohol consumption and its related harms?

Compromising safety for nutrition? The case for the natural conventional preservatives

Prior to the introduction of modern technology such as refrigeration, consumers and food producers relied on traditional measures to keep food fresh and wholesome such as salt, sugar and nitrates. However, there has recently been a trend to replace or remove these natural preservatives from product formulations. This article discusses the potential conflict between replacement of salt, sugar and nitrates/nitrites for nutritional purposes and the risk of making the food more vulnerable to spoilage and growth of pathogens. In addition, this article explores how the replacement of traditional preservatives can impact the “naturalness” of a food product. From a legal perspective, this can have a significant bearing in assessing compliance of a food with its marketing claim to the effect that the food is more "natural".


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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.