Foreword (March 2020)

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

Welcome to the March 2020 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!


Upcoming events

1.    The first Melbourne session of FoodLegal’s Trending Claims workshop has sold out. Some tickets remain for the second Melbourne session at 1pm on 24 March 2020.

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2.    We are also hosting an all-day Brisbane event with two different workshops on 12 May 2020. The day will consist of our Food Labelling 101 and Trending Claims workshops.

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In this March 2020 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.

In our second FREE article “Adapting quickly as a food supplier to a pandemic crisis”, FoodLegal Executive Chairperson Joe Lederman provides some deep insights on relevant supply chain issues and solutions.

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has proposed major changes to Australia’s food safety framework. Our article “Assessing FSANZ’s proposed amendments to Chapters 3 and 4 of the Food Standards Code” considers the practical implications of these proposals and how they interact with the divide between federal and State/Territory food laws in Australia.

Our article “Analysis of the proposed new mandatory pregnancy warning labels for alcoholic beverages” explores proposed new mandatory warning labels for alcoholic beverages in Australia including the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘when’ issues and effects.

What is the difference between a package and a label? How might the legal distinction between packaging and labelling in different legislation impact the regulatory obligations for a food product? Our article “The important distinctions between food labelling and food packaging requirements in food regulation” explores how each concept is treated under Australia’s various food laws.

Our article “Redefining food produced using gene technology: in the context of new breeding techniques” considers a December 2019 Report by Food Standards Australia New Zealand and its potential implications for how genetically modified foods might be regulated in Australia going forward.

The Australian Parliament has passed a suite of new laws that will make changes to the way Australia’s export regulatory framework operates. Our article “Government introduces bills to improve and consolidate food export requirements” explores some of the key new issues that companies should consider for exporting food from Australia.

We hope you enjoy this March 2020 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 4 Mar 2020. 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.