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FoodLegal specialises in providing solutions and advice in relation to regulatory issues surrounding the Food Standards Code, Australian Consumer Law as well as advice in relation to product development and food marketing compliance

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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 2021

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Raising a need for a risk assessment of bromoform transferred from feed to food

The risk of an adverse health effect from feed transferring a hazardous substance into the food chain is one of the lessons learned from the disastrous consequences for the UK beef industry that followed from the BSE outbreak. Thus, assuring safe food also means assuring safe feed for animals. In recent years, Australian scientists have led international efforts to create animal feed supplements that have the effect of reducing methane emissions from cattle (both beef and dairy). Governments and corporations in Australia have invested heavily in the commercial application of this technology. Bromoform is the active substance in the formulation of the feed supplements sourced from seawater algae. While the World Health Organization (WHO) has not done so, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) has assessed bromoform as a probable human carcinogen based on evidence in animal studies. Thus, two important questions arise from the expanded commercial use of feed supplements containing bromoform: 1) Is bromoform likely to end up in the food chain?; 2) Could there be a carcinogenic risk in humans through consumption of milk and meat if bromoform gets transferred from the supplemented feed to the milk or meat?

Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally (June-July 2021)

A summary of developments in food law in Australia and internationally, as at June 2021.

Did FSANZ whitewash the Titanium Dioxide issue?

A recent scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 6 May 2021 has recommended that titanium dioxide no longer be considered safe when used as a food additive. This article looks at the decision by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) in findings published in 2016 to permit the continuing use of nano forms of titanium dioxide and other substances, and a need to review that assessment. A nanoparticle is a piece of matter ranging between 1 and 100 nanometres in size, where a nanometre is one billionth of a metre. Nanoparticles form a part of nanotechnology, which generally refers to the production and usage of materials on a nano-or-atomic-scale.

PEAL font size requirements may inadvertently hinder product safety

New Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) requirements specify a new method by which food labels must identify product allergens on the label packaging. There is a new size requirement for any “contains” statement. In this article, we question the way in which this is specified and whether this increases the risk of an unsafe food being sold.


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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), Fine Foods Australia, the Australian Industry (AI) Group, the Singapore Dairy Conference, the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AMCHAM), and the Monash Food Innovation Centre.