Foreword (June-July 2021)

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

Welcome to the June-July 2021 bumper edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!


1.     FoodLegal training and events

FoodLegal runs a suite of public workshops and also conducts private training for food companies upon request. You can stay up to date with our upcoming training events here.


2.     In this June-July 2021 bumper edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

Our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and internationally” 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 “Raising a need for a risk assessment of bromoform transferred from feed to food”, FoodLegal Chief Scientist Dr Rozita Vaskoska looks at the science behind the use of bromoform in the food supply chain, as methods for reducing methane become more prevalent.

The article “Did FSANZ whitewash the Titanium Dioxide issue?” considers a recent assessment by the European Food Safety Authority that titanium dioxide is not safe for use as a food additive, and questions whether there is a need to review the 2016 assessment of nano particles by Food Standards Australia New Zealand.

The article “PEAL font size requirements may inadvertently hinder product safety” questions whether a new font size requirement for allergen declarations could actually make it more difficult for businesses to safely declare allergens.

The article “Is multi-lingual packaging the answer to multi-jurisdictional compliance?” considers a topic that is growing in importance as food companies seek to generate new export or import lines.

The article “Potential opportunities for food usage of microalgae and the current regulatory scope” provides an interesting study of the scientific and regulatory aspects for expanding usage of microalgae in foods and feeds.

The article “Review of menu board labelling requirements considers introduction of new requirements into Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code” addresses the potential direction of mandatory menu board labelling requirements in Australia and New Zealand in the context of a review by the Food Regulation Standing Committee.

The article “The definition of ‘grain’ in the context of product descriptions and consumer claims” considers some of the regulatory issues to be aware of when making some common marketing claims about grain content or using ‘grain’ in the product name.

We hope you enjoy this June-July 2021 bumper 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.