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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


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: October 2021


Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally (October 2021)

A summary of regulatory developments in food law in Australia and internationally for the month of October 2021.

Is “superfood” a comparative claim?

The claim “superfood” invokes the notion of superiority, particularly by comparison to other foods. This article explores whether the word “superfood” is regulated as a comparative claim, having regard to the further legal obligations that apply to comparative claims. This article also considers some of the legal risk exposure aspects in a “superfood” claim or descriptor, and the 4 key questions to assess when making a “superfood” claim.

Changes to Australian consumer protection laws impact franchisors and other food businesses

On 1 July 2021 a number of amendments to the Australian Consumer Law and the Franchising Code of Conduct came into effect. These amendments go beyond franchise law changes but now also broaden the legal protection for many businesses buying and selling in B2B transactions. This article considers the amendments and the implications.

Nutritional and regulatory aspects of the plant protein “surge” in dietary recommendations

Exploration of new dietary sources for protein continues to attract considerable applied research by food nutritional scientists and technologists. New developments have emerged in understanding the value of new and old protein sources. Apart from the traditional protein sources of meat, milk, fish, eggs and dairy, new plant sources of protein have been the subject of considerable work as well as protein from a diversity of sources ranging from insects, micro- algae and laboratory produced proteins through fermentation or cell culture. Although soy protein has a long traditional history, other plant proteins have been utilized from legumes, seeds, cereals, nuts as well as well as vegetables and fruits. This article will discuss the context for developments in plant proteins and covering aspects such as differences in protein content and attributes and inadequacies of plant protein, and some regulatory considerations in using plant proteins as ingredients.


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.


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.


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.


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.