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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: May 2021

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Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and overseas (May 2021)

A summary of regulatory developments in food law for May 2021.

Australian PEAL laws present a challenge for any product containing nuts

New Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) laws were introduced in February 2021, and will become mandatory from 25 February 2025. These laws introduce sweeping changes regarding the way that allergens must be declared on a product pack. One of the changes concerns the way that tree nuts must be labelled on pack. This article addresses some of the practical challenges that this change presents for manufacturers of products that contain tree nuts.

Vitamins and minerals- the more the better? Insights from the German revision of upper recommended levels for vitamins and minerals in food and food supplements

This article examines the regulatory framework in Australia and New Zealand in the context of recent German recommendations and research-findings regarding the use of vitamins and minerals. The fact that this revision is based on state-of-the-art evidence is potentially a basis to review and revise the current levels of vitamin and mineral intake for Australians. This article also includes a short risk- benefit discussion around the risks of excessive intake and the trend of vitamins claiming prophylactic or other therapeutic effects in relation to infection.

Is your social media content distinguishable as advertising?

When marketing food products on social media, particularly in the Australian context, one must consider whether and when the content is legally regarded as advertising and therefore subject to the marketing laws set out in the Australian Consumer Law. This article explores a March 2021 decision made by Ad Standards on this issue and highlights key lessons that could also apply to social media content about a food product or a food business.


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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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Give your team a mastery of food compliance and risk management. Streamline your development and compliance processes with our legal and scientific hands-on experience. Dynamic, easy-to-understand legal commentary. All the benefits of having FoodLegal lawyers in-house.



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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.