Foreword (November 2020)

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

Welcome to the November 2020 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

 1.    In this November 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 other FREE article “Why Australia should quickly improve its legal framework for Whole Genome Sequencing of foodborne diseases and food pathogens”, FoodLegal's Joe Lederman and John Thisgaard explain the need to remove regulatory impediments and inconsistencies so that this important new technology can be readily adopted throughout Australia. The article identifies important opportunities that could give Australia a major role for improving food safety and food quality - nationally, regionally and globally.

Our article “Does food have to be digested? by FoodLegal's Jenny Awad considers whether innovation in a new product format could inadvertently result in a product no longer being regulated as food – particularly if there are questions around when it is not to be digested.

FoodLegal Scientist Rozita Vaskoska’s article “The academic pursuit of ‘ultra-processed food’ research: An analysis of the research to date” examines the findings and assumptions and linkages in relation to different research findings across this whole minefield. The article raises interesting questions such as whether the level of processing is or is not a major determinant of food nutrition when compared with other criteria that have stronger scientific support.

Our article “Implications of the new advertising Code of Ethics on food marketing” explores the impact of this new Code of Ethics in the context of how advertisements are regulated in Australia, and addresses how the changes might impact food advertising and marketing, using recent case study examples.

Our article “Will Country of Origin Labelling be adopted in foodservice?” considers the possibility of further extensions of Australia’s Country of Origin laws for packaged foods into foodservice, and the government review on this aspect of the law.

 2.    Upcoming FoodLegal webinar

On Thursday 10 December 2020FoodLegal and Nutrition Australia are running a joint webinar on
"Exploring new Foodservice opportunities: Pass the strict tests and access new markets"

The 10 December 2020 webinar will run from 12pm-1:30pm Australian Eastern Standard Daylight Savings Time.

Click here for further information and registration.

We hope you enjoy this November 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 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.