Foreword (October 2020)

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

Welcome to the October 2020 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!


1.    Upcoming FoodLegal events

A.   FoodLegal is running its webinar on Sustainability: From its Core to its Law on Thursday 15 October 2020. This webinar looks at what sustainability means and how it is regulated for the food industry.

      The Workshop will run from 12pm-1:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time.

      Click here to register.

B.   FoodLegal is running its Clean Labelling Workshop as a webinar on 12 November 2020. This workshop focuses on the food labelling obligations under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and how these can be interpreted, applied and circumnavigated to present the cleanest image of your product. Of course, without misleading or deceiving your consumers in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

The Workshop will run from
9am-1pm Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time.

Click here to register.


2.    In this October 2020 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 “Scientific and regulatory developments in relation to mycotoxins in Australia and internationally”, FoodLegal Scientist Rozita Vaskoska and FoodLegal Co-Principal Joe Lederman review the current status of the scientific findings on mycotoxins and their health effects for consumers of different foods, and consider the regulatory framework for mycotoxins and the need for better uniform standards and regulations throughout Australia.

Our article “TGA introduces new laws targeting sports supplements: What this means for food businesses addresses the scope of new regulations that would deem certain “sport supplement” products to be therapeutic goods, and how these regulations may impact food product formulation and claims.

Our article “Big Mac v Big Jack – A whopper of a legal showdown” considers the legal arguments behind the ongoing dispute between Hungry Jack’s and McDonald’s and provide some key takeaway components for food businesses when dealing with Australian trade marks.

Our article “New guidance on food contact chemicals under AICIS” explores the role of guidance issued by the Australian Federal Department of Health in relation to industrial chemicals, and how this interacts with requirements for food contact materials and packaging.

FoodLegal Scientist Rozita Vaskoska considers the value-add opportunities in relation to meat by-products and meat production in the article “How to improve the economics of Australian meat producers: Value-adding in meat animal production systems”.

We hope you enjoy this October 2020 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

Joe Lederman, John Thisgaard and Jenny Awad

FoodLegal Bulletin

This is general information rather than legal advice and is current as of 12 Oct 2020. 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.