Foreword (April 2020)


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

Welcome to the April 2020 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

A. Upcoming events:

FoodLegal Educators Academy announces the first three online events in its Essentials Series.

1. Streamlining the Compliance Pathway During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Wednesday 29 April 2020 – 12pm-1:30pm AEST*


    Join us for a 90 minute online interactive seminar addressing regulatory pathways as well as supplier / retailer     product supply and marketing trends during COVID-19.

    This seminar will discuss:

  • Translating the latest in supply chain trends to your business
  • What compliance areas have become less important or more important during the crisis?
  • When should you slow a product down, despite the incredible pressure to get to shelves ASAP?
  • Does your evolving supply chain create additional risk?
  • What are the retailers looking for? Where should you have zero tolerance on failure?
  • How have the regulators’ enforcement priorities changed?
  • What are your plans to address changing priorities coming out of this crisis?


    Charles Fisher – FoodLegal Principal Lawyer

    Jackie Liberman – Foodlegal QA technologist team leader


2. Food Labelling 101

    Tuesday 12 May 2020 – 9am-1pm AEST*


    4 hour highly interactive online workshop will walk you through all the elements you need to consider     when developing your product label, from allergen statements to ingredients lists. It is vital for anyone who is     starting their journey into food labels and regulation, as well as those who are seeking an update on their     labelling knowledge.



Charles Fisher – FoodLegal Principal

& other key FoodLegal lawyers


    Book now!


3. Trending Claims

    Tuesday 12 May 2020 – 2pm-5:30pm AEST*


    3.5 hour highly interactive online workshop will empower you to assess the regulatory risk of the latest emerging     and trending claims. We will explore the latest Court precedents and regulatory enforcement actions that impact     trending food product claims.



Charles Fisher – FoodLegal Principal

& other key FoodLegal lawyers


    Book now!


    What our previous participants have said.


    *Australian Eastern Standard Time

B. In this April 2020 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin, you can read the following articles:

    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 second FREE article “Exporting and importing food during the COVID-19 lockdown: What has  changed?    provides clarity for Australian food exporters and importers by breaking down the regulatory changes     and initiatives     that apply to food import and export, as at 1 April 2020.

    Our third FREE article "COVID-19: Regulatory changes and enforcement priorities for food businesses (as at     3 April 2020)" provides an overview of the regulatory changes and enforcement priorities which apply to food     businesses supplying food in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, as at 3 April 2020.

    Our fourth FREE article "Force majeure clauses in supply and other food business agreements: legal     protections in the COVID-19 pandemic?" addresses the potential avenues for dealing with unexpected situations     such as a pandemic event under a contract, including the use of a force majeure clause and other relevant legislation.

    Our article “An analysis of the regulatory impacts in different steps of the APVMA regulatory framework     for agricultural and food producers, importers and processors” examines the regulatory processes for     importers or manufacturers undertaking to supply chemicals into Australia, and discusses a case example where     the regulator stopped the supply of a chemical product within Australia.   

    In the article “Tocopherols in food: functions, attributes and science”, FoodLegal Scientist Rozita Vaskoska     explains the various of tocopherols in foods in the context of Australian regulation, and explores the associated     physiological effects, bioavailability and key health data.

We hope you enjoy this April 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 20 Apr 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.