Foreword (August 2023)

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

Welcome to the August 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

1.    Connect with FoodLegal

Connect with FoodLegal on LinkedIn to ensure that you never miss an update!


2.    Allergen Statements and Other Food Label Must-Haves – Wednesday 23 August 2023

Limited places are still available for FoodLegal’s Allergen Statements and Other Food Label Must-Haves workshop on Wednesday 23 August 10am-12pm.

This Workshop will answer questions including:

  • How to change the style, formatting, and terminology of my existing allergen declaration?
  • How does PEAL affect the precautionary allergen statement?
  • Which foods must carry a mandatory advisory statement or warning statement?

Book here.


3.    In this August 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

In this FoodLegal Bulletin, our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally” updates the latest in regulatory developments and news.

In our FREE article "Australian regulators seek comments on food industry proposals”, we provide an update on several proposals which could have significant impacts for the Australian and New Zealand food industry with respect to product marketing, labelling and formulation.

In “When is an energy drink not an energy drink? Issues to consider when formulating and classifying beverages” we address important issues beverage manufacturers should have in mind when developing, classifying and marketing their products.

In “Workplace Health and Safety and Food Products", we explore some of the WHS issues and requirements that food businesses should be aware of. 

In "Australian biosecurity requirements: A Case Study of the updated biosecurity requirements for prawn imports", we discuss Australia’s framework for biosecurity controls, using the case study of proposed changes to biosecurity measures for imported prawn-based products.

In “Scientific and regulatory issues regarding bamboo and wood in food contact materials (FCMs) and food contact articles (FCAs)”, we consider the latest technical, scientific and regulatory issues regarding the use of bamboo and wood in food contact materials.


We hope you enjoy this August 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

John Thisgaard, Jenny Awad and Joe Lederman

FoodLegal Bulletin

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 8 Aug 2023. 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.