Our Services


FoodLegal can alleviate areas of stress for our clients, help manage pain-points, relieve bottlenecks in supply chains, manage risks, and streamline processes to get more products more quickly to customers.

Our consulting services, compliance risk mitigation support tools and training courses have been adapted to meet the changing market conditions and provide flexibility in meeting increased product demand.

Bulletin


Australia's premier periodical in food law and policy issues. It focuses specifically on analysis and commentary for regulatory compliance and the legal issues affecting food and food industry participants

Latest issue: June 2024

Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally (June-July 2024)

Further developments in “Sustainability” marketing and “Greenwashing” issues

As some consumers are willing to pay a price premium for products that are perceived to be more ‘sustainable’ or environmentally-friendly, more businesses are looking to market the ‘green’ credentials of their products. However, Australian regulators are becoming proactive and taking enforcement action to prevent misleading ‘greenwashing’ claims. Greenwashing is a form of over-emphasis or over-statement of environmental or sustainability benefits or credentials. This article explores several recent developments in this area, including (1) Australian Federal Court action against a claim describing the product as ‘ocean plastic’, (2) recent findings by Ad Standards against misleading environmental advertisements, and (3) an ongoing Australian Senate inquiry into greenwashing.

’Shrinkflation’ and the scope for potential changes in unit pricing laws

One response by manufacturers and brand marketers to higher labour and production costs has been to decrease product pack size or quantity in order to reduce costs or to obscure visibility of price inflation. This has been criticised and called ‘shrinkflation’ because it signifies less value for each dollar spent. In May 2024, the Australian Federal Senate signalled some changes might be made to the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes—Unit Pricing) Regulations 2021 (Unit Pricing Code)]. This article explores recent developments in Australia, interesting relevant French regulation and draft proposals elsewhere.

A review of the recent numerous grocery industry ‘reviews’: where are things heading in Australia?

Competition concerns relating to the Australian food and grocery supply chain, have been discussed off and on since the early 1990’s. The latest episode are three separate reviews undertaken respectively by the Australian Department of Treasury, the Australian Federal Senate, and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. This article addresses the key outcomes of these reviews, and the potential implications for suppliers, retailers and other stakeholders.


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About Us



FoodLegal specialises in food law consultancy, compliance risk management, certification of product compliance integrity for food and beverage products and other allied products

We advise Australia's largest food companies, international brands, as well as small-to-medium sized enterprises and startups.

Our team of lawyers and consultants represent food manufacturers, importers, distributors, brand marketers, retailers, industry associations and groups.

We also work with clients from allied fields such as complementary medicines, life sciences, agribusiness and farmer-producers.

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Our Events


At FoodLegal we believe that education is crucial to keeping your competitive edge.

Workshops

Our most popular courses focus on the different regulatory aspects of developing and marketing food products, including:

  • Food Labelling 101
  • Health Claims
  • Trending Claims
  • Marketing to Children
  • Country of Origin Labelling methodologies
  • Fulfilment of compliance programs under the Australian Competition and Consumer Law

Private Training Events

FoodLegal can provide tailored private training such as the latest Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) training for individual companies to address their specific needs.

Bespoke training can be delivered on-site or online.

Symposiums

FoodLegal hosts Symposiums on hot topics including:

  • Government regulatory requirements, standards, codes and claims pertaining to selling "healthier foods"
  • Food fraud
  • New regulatory developments for food Imports and Exports
  • Analysis of the new Food Standards Code

Speaking Engagements and Publications

As an integral part of the food industry, FoodLegal is regularly invited to speak and participate in Australian and international industry events, discussion panels and forums throughout the year.

Our recent speaking engagements include events run by the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology (AIFST), Enterprise Singapore, IPI Singapore, Fine Foods Australia, the Australian Industry (AI) Group, the Singapore Dairy Conference, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM), Monash Food Innovation Centre.