Foreword (February 2021)

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

Welcome to the February 2021 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!


1. Trending Claims 2021

We have announced an extra date for our Trending Claims workshop. This Workshop will guide you through the latest Court precedents and regulatory enforcement actions that impact trending food product claims.

Extra session - Wednesday 10 March 2021 - BOOK HERE

Final tickets are still available for our session on Tuesday 16 March 2021 - BOOK HERE


2. PEAL (Plain English Allergen Labelling) issues needing to be addressed

FoodLegal continues to advise on many issues pertaining to the effects of the proposed PEAL rules on product labels for foods and beverages and ingredients. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

3. In this February 2021 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.

Our article “What is the role of the Poisons Standard in Australian food law?” explains how the Poisons Standard interacts with Australian food laws and features some important case studies where a failure to consider the Poisons Standard could result in a product formulation that does not meet regulatory requirements.

Our article “Are Australia’s liquor laws still fit for purpose?” analyses where and why Australian liquor laws and regulations appear to be inconsistent between the different Australian State and Territory jurisdictions. 

FoodLegal Scientist Dr Rozita Vaskoska discusses the role of traditional preservatives such as salt, sugar and nitrates in reducing the risk of microbiological contamination in food, and the potential impacts on product safety and shelf life that could be brought about by their removal from product formulations in the article “Compromising safety for nutrition? The case for the natural conventional preservatives”.

Our article “ACCC report into perishable agricultural goods recommends new prohibition on unfair trading practices” examines the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s recent report into competition issues in perishable agriculture markets and questions whether its call for a broad prohibition on unfair trading signals a change in its approach to agriculture market regulation in Australia.

Our article “Changes in geographical indications protections in the European Union and United Kingdom: impacts on Australia” addresses recent developments in the protection of geographic indicators in the EU and UK, including how these changes might impact trade agreements affecting Australian producers and exporters.

We hope you enjoy this February 2021 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

Best wishes,

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.