By Joe Lederman (FoodLegal Chairperson), John Thisgaard and Jenny Awad (FoodLegal Bulletin Co-Editors)

Welcome to the September 2019 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

In this September 2019 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

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

Our article “Where a product was “made in” might depend on where it is being sold” does a comparison for the test for a “made in” claim under Australian laws with the test under New Zealand laws, and explores whether the same product might need to declare that it was made in different locations depending on the country in which it is sold!

How is the regulatory landscape surrounding imported caffeine changing? Our article “What needs to be considered when regulating caffeine powders and high caffeine content products” explores the existing regulation of caffeine and what must be now looked at as different regulatory gaps in regulating Australian sales and importation of caffeine powders and high caffeine content products.

The Health Star Rating Advisory Committee has delivered its final five-year report into the Health Star Rating system. Our article “How will the Health Star Rating label system for foods in Australia change following its five-year review?” examines not only the recommendations put forward in the report but considers how each recommendation might impact the specific ways that food businesses use Health Star Ratings going forward.

Our article “What to do if your food business has received an infringement notice or been charged for breaking a food law” focuses on two serious enforcement measures, and explains the difference between receiving an infringement notice and being charged, the options available to food businesses that have received an infringement notice or charge sheet, and factors to consider when deciding how to respond.

We hope you enjoy this September 2019 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

Joe Lederman, John Thisgaard and Jenny Awad


FoodLegal Bulletin

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 26 Sep 2019. 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.