Foreword (March 2024)

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

Welcome to the March 2024 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

1.     Connect with FoodLegal

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2.     FoodLegal events

Food Labelling 101 – Tuesday 19 March 2024

Our full-day workshop will help you answer questions such as:

·        What information MUST appear on your food label?

·        How do you write an ingredients list?

·        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?

Tickets are available to join online or in-person. Book here.

View our training calendar and other upcoming events here!


3.     In this March 2024 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 article “Could the TGA’s proposed regulation of EGCG have unintended broader consequences for more food businesses and caffeinated products?”, we address the proposed regulation of green tea and the potential impact on food manufacturers and complementary medicines manufacturers using green tea in their products.

In “Why the ACNF found seawater to be a prohibited novel food: Lessons for businesses looking to make any ACNF submission” we discuss the process of novel food assessment procedures in the context of seawater in food and the implications of food safety plans facilitating a novel food exception.

In “New High Court case examines when compliance with mandatory labelling laws trumps Australian Consumer Law”, we analyse a recent decision of the High Court of Australia and the implications for product marketing.

In “Scientific overview of use of plastic as packaging material and the effect on human health”, we explore the latest scientific developments regarding nanoparticle absorption rates, methods of absorption and alternative packaging materials.

In “Date marking expiration dates: fines and offences and other current issues in Australia” we explore date-marking and the various issues of substantiation, selling food after expiry, penalties and more.

We hope you enjoy this March 2024 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 6 Mar 2024. 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.