Foreword (February 2018)

FoodLegal Bulletin Foreword

By Joe Lederman (Managing Principal, FoodLegal)

Welcome to the February 2018 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

In this edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

1.    Our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and elsewhere” provides this month’s update on many new regulatory developments for food producers and suppliers, beginning with Australia but also internationally.

2.    FoodLegal events

Don’t forget that there are still seats available at our Country of Origin Countdown breakfast seminar held at Monash University (Clayton) on the morning of Thursday 1 March 2018.

Click here for more information and to register.


We also announce our FoodLegal Symposium on Food Fraud – Integrity, Traceability, Technologies and Regulatory Opportunities in Sydney on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

This event features a brilliant line-up of speakers providing the latest groundbreaking information.

Click here for more information and to register.

3.    Our article “Do the new Country of Origin food labelling laws apply to B2B transactions?” discusses the impact of Australia’s new Country of Origin Labelling laws on transactions between food businesses and any liabilities that may arise.

4.    Our article “The recent FSANZ and OGTR technical reviews of GM and GMO regulatory implications” explores potential regulatory implications that might arise from possible changes to a federally recognised definition of genetic modification.

5.    Our article “Why is FSANZ increasing maximum residue limits?” addresses proposed increases to a number of maximum residue limits and explains the reasons behind the proposed changes and potential risks that could be posed to local growers and exporters.

6.    Our article “‘Diabetic friendly’ foods in Australian food law and the context of recent scientific findings” examines recent scientific studies on the use of intense sweeteners in relation to diabetic consumers, and provides an overview of different regulatory considerations that apply to the sale of foods for diabetics.

7.    Our article “Recent trend of ‘slack-fill’ actions in the US: what are the comparative regulatory risks in Australia?” explains the laws that apply to slack fill, or the use of empty space in food packaging.


We hope you enjoy this February 2018 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

Joe Lederman


This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 14 Feb 2018. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice for your particular circumstances if you want to rely on advice or information to be a basis for any commercial decision-making by you or your business.