Foreword (September 2023)
By John Thisgaard, Jenny Awad (FoodLegal Bulletin Co-Editors) and Joe
Lederman (FoodLegal Chairperson and Co-Editor)
Welcome to the September 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!
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2. Food Labelling 101 Full Day Workshop – Thursday
19 October 2023
FoodLegal is excited to offer our popular full day Food Labelling 101 as
a hybrid event.
You can register to attend in person at the venue (Melbourne CBD,
catering provided) or online. In-person numbers are limited.
We will dive into the fundamentals of food labelling and how to ensure
your food product is compliant for import or sale in Australia and New Zealand.
We will help you answer questions such as:
What information MUST
appear on your food label?
How do you write an
What is the difference
between food additives and processing aids?
When can pictures or
brand names get you into trouble?
How should allergens
be declared on a label?
this September 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 “Marketing implications arising from the FSANZ review into sports foods” we address FSANZ’s review of the regulations relating to formulated
supplementary sports foods, with a particular focus on the marketing and advertising
of these products.
In “Do food regulators have the right to force a change of brand name?", we explore some of the important regulatory compliance risk issues that
food businesses must consider when developing and applying a brand name for a
product, and the question of whether or when a food regulator has powers to
force a change of brand name.
In "When do oats in food not need to be bolded on an ingredients list under PEAL?”, we explain the interaction between gluten and oats under the PEAL
laws, as well as the important differences between declaring gluten as an
allergen and making a voluntary ‘gluten free’ claim.
In “Scientific background to definition of ‘genetically modified’”, we identify differences in regulatory definitions that may impact
food labelling requirements in the context of GMO food labelling, including
differences in definitions between the Food Standards Code, the Gene Technology
Act, as well as under international laws. This article also considers different
types of genetic-related technologies and whether these are included or
excluded in the relevant definitions.
In "Regulatory issues for sellers of recycled goods and second-hand goods", we address the
difficulties that impact on businesses engaging in the ‘Circular Economy’ in relation
to guarantees that must be given even when products are sourced as recycled or
We hope you enjoy this September 2023 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!
John Thisgaard, Jenny Awad and Joe
This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of
11 Sep 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.