Foreword (May 2021)

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

Welcome to the May 2021 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!


1.     Food Labelling 101 Workshop

Tickets are available for FoodLegal’s full-day Food Labelling 101 workshop on Thursday 27 May 2021. This Workshop will guide you through all the information you need to know about what information has to appear on a product label and how you can present this information while minimizing regulatory risk.

Click here to register.


2.     Plain English Allergen Labelling

New Plain English Allergen Labelling (PEAL) requirements have come into effect. FoodLegal conducts private training for food companies in the new PEAL requirements, and can provide consulting services or training on request.


3.     In this May 2021 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

Our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and overseas” 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 “Australian PEAL laws present a challenge for any product containing nuts” addresses some of the practical challenges that the new PEAL laws present for manufacturers of products that contain tree nuts.

Our article “Vitamins and minerals- the more the better? Insights from the German revision of upper recommended levels for vitamins and minerals in food and food supplements” explores the Australian regulatory framework for the addition of vitamins and minerals to food in the context of recent German developments.

Our article “Is your social media content distinguishable as advertising?” explores a March 2021 decision made by Ad Standards and highlights key lessons that could also apply to a food product or food business.

Our article “Regulatory considerations of using edible mushrooms in product development” considers the importance of mushrooms in meat-analogue products, the innovations in this area and relevant regulatory considerations.

Our article “Mandatory food recalls versus ‘voluntary’ food recalls” considers the powers of Australian States and Territories to implement mandatory recalls, as well as the factors at play that may encourage authorities to be appropriately cautious in exercising such powers.

We hope you enjoy this May 2021 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 30 Oct 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.