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Joe Lederman

About Joe  PortraitJoe Lederman is a commercial lawyer and is the Managing Principal of FoodLegal, Australian Lawyers & Consultants. He heads up a successful team of lawyers and consultants at FoodLegal to represent participants in the food industry and other clients with an involvement in allied fields (such as companies involved in pharmaceuticals, complementary medicines, life sciences, agricultural products and primary production legal issues).

FoodLegal handles Australian food regulatory compliance and risk management issues for market entry and ongoing legal compliance for products and marketing campaigns in accordance with the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code, the Trade Practices Act, and other legal regulatory issues.

Joe Lederman has been (2006 – 2009) an Adjunct Professor of Food Law at Deakin University specializing in Food and Nutrition Law

After graduating in law from the University of Melbourne in 1977, Joe Lederman’s work for many years centred on commercial law and revenue law. He was recognised and accredited by the Law Institute of Victoria as an Accredited Specialist in Business Law and as an Accredited Specialist in Taxation Law. In 1986, he founded the Australian law firm Baldwins. With this background in advising on revenue law and commercial law for food companies, Joe established the original Australian food law websites “Australian Food News” and “Food Law and Policy Australia” (Australian Food News is now operated through an associated company as an independent commercial business news service for the food industry online).

In 1998, Joe was appointed as the principal author and contributing editor for the “Food Law” section of “Halsburys Laws of Australia”, published by law publishers Lexis-Nexis (formerly Butterworths) and considered to be Australia’s main encyclopaedia of Australian laws. Joe also edited CCH Australia’s “Food Safety Guide”. He recently contributed a chapter on Australian food laws in a text book on comparative international food laws for publication and translation into Mandarin by Shantou University in China.

For many years, Joe Lederman has written papers and spoken to numerous industry seminars on a wide range of food industry topics. He was a keynote speaker at various Food Regulations & Labelling Standards Conferences in Sydney for several years. For example, in November 2008, the subject of his presentation was Legal Impediments and Opportunities in Food Marketing, and his presentations for the previous conferences have been on Health and Nutrition Claims Standards (2007) and the then new Country of Origin Labelling Standard (2006).

In September 2009, Joe Lederman addressed the Healthy Directions for Dairy conference organised by Dairy Australia and Dairy Innovations in Melbourne.In January 2009, he presented a research paper to the inaugural International Food Law and Policy Symposium of Deakin University with a paper on the legal implications for consumers of mandatory fortification food standards in the event of a shift in scientific consensus.

In May 2008, he spoke at the inaugural Australian Genetically Modified Crops Summit, providing legal analysis of the issues surrounding GM crop co-existence and segregation, and GM food marketing legal issues.

In January 2008, he presented an on-line paper in Paris on the legal interfaces between functional foods, special-purpose foods, complementary medicines, dietary supplements and therapeutic goods from the Australian perspective.

In March 2007, he made an online presentation to the foundation meeting in Cologne, Germany of an international food lawyer network. His presentation addressed the subject of the law of health claims and nutrition claims in Australia.

Many people receive “FoodLegal Bulletin” (edited by Joe Lederman and now distributed through Lawmedia Pty Ltd) in relation to topical food issues. One can subscribe to the FoodLegal Bulletin database here.