Foreword (November 2019)

By Joe Lederman (FoodLegal Chairperson), John Thisgaard and Jenny Awad (FoodLegal Bulletin Co-Editors)

Welcome to the November 2019 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

In this November 2019 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

Our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and elsewhere” provides this month’s update on new regulatory developments and scientific developments that impact food producers and suppliers, beginning with Australia, but also internationally.

In our second FREE article “The Lantern Project: Creating a nationally consistent interpretation of food safety compliance in Aged Care, the need to improve nutrition and food choices for our elderly”, FoodLegal Co-Principal Joe Lederman considers the implementation of a mandatory legislative instrument for a nationally consistent approach to the interpretation of food laws that apply to aged care facilities to enhance resident choice and access to nutrition.

Our article “TGA overreaches in its crackdown on sports supplements” by FoodLegal’s Charles Fisher and John Thisgaard addresses a proposed TGA order that would classify certain sports supplements as therapeutic goods and the potential impact that this order would have on products that are currently classified as food.

In our next article “Comparing the Australian regulatory frameworks for food, cosmetics and therapeutic goods” we consider the question: can a product be sold as both a food and a cosmetic? The article considers the different regulatory frameworks in Australia for foods, cosmetics and therapeutic goods respectively, and the ways in which marketing claims can impact regulatory classification.

Our article “Understanding franchisors’ disclosure obligations: Lessons from the Federal Court” examines a recent Australian Federal Court decision, drawing lessons from Court’s interpretation of the requirement to provide ‘sufficient detail’ with respect to financial information. We also consider other disclosure obligations that franchisors and franchisees should be aware of.

Our article “What is Australia’s role in Codex?” explores the importance of Codex Alimentarius in the context of national Australian legislation and regulations, as well as Australia’s leading role and contribution to developing and revising Codex standards.

We hope you enjoy this November 2019 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

Joe Lederman, John Thisgaard and Jenny Awad


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This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 13 Aug 2021. We therefore recommend you seek legal advice for your particular circumstances if you want to rely on advice or information to be a basis for any commercial decision-making by you or your business.