Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code
December 17, 2014

Australia’s food agency approves new version of the Food Standards Code On 16 December 2014, Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) released its approved version of the latest revision of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code (the Food Standards Code). The new Food Standards Code requires only the approval by the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation and gazettal to become law. In releasing the proposed new Food Standards Code, FSANZ stated that the key goal... ...Read more »

ACCC launches major investigation on raw milk even after bath milk recall
December 15, 2014

Raw milk controversy continues even after bath milk recall The debate around raw milk continues after dairy company Mountain View Farm recalled its Organic Bath Milk product. The recall came after the product was implicated in the death of a three-year-old child, who had consumed it. ACCC to investigate possible ACL breaches The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Friday that it was leading a national investigation of consumer law regulators into possible breaches of... ...Read more »

ACCC submits official response to Harper Review Panel’s Draft Report
December 3, 2014

ACCC submits official response to Harper Review Panel’s Draft Report The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has provided its submission in response to the Draft Report of the Competition Policy Review. “The Review Panel’s Draft Report sets out principles and recommendations which, if adopted, could significantly enhance economic productivity over the decades ahead,” said Rod Sims, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims. “The ACCC supports most of the Review Panel’s priority areas for... ...Read more »

FDA finalises menu and vending machine calorie labeling rules
December 3, 2014

FDA finalises menu and vending machine calorie labeling rules The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised two rules requiring that calorie information be listed on menus and menu boards in chain restaurants, similar retail food establishments and vending machines. The rules, required by the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, will mean restaurants with 20 or more locations will need to provide consumers with more nutritional information about the foods they eat outside of... ...Read more »

Potential divestiture threat to Supermarket majors in Australian government Green Paper
October 22, 2014

Potential divestiture threat to Supermarket majors in Australian government Green Paper The Australian Federal Government is considering a range of reforms that would strengthen competition laws and regulation, and may include divestiture of major retailers, as well as measures to make it easier to prove misuse of market power. The Agricultural Competitiveness Green Paper, which was released late on Monday 20 October 2014, is a draft document that puts forward a range of new proposals and policy... ...Read more »

Former Coles boss defends supermarket action against ACCC accusations
October 20, 2014

Former Coles boss defends supermarket action against ACCC accusations Former Coles Managing Director Ian McLeod has defended the supermarket group against accusations of unconscionable conduct towards its suppliers, after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) initiated further proceedings against the supermarket group in the Federal Court. Mr McLeod, who stepped down from Coles in July 2014 to take on a strategic role with Coles parent company Wesfarmers, defended the supermarket... ...Read more »

Coles accepts “ethical and moral responsibility” to end exploitation of trolley collectors
October 8, 2014

Coles accepts “ethical and moral responsibility” to end exploitation of trolley collectors Australian supermarket giant Coles has become the first major supermarket chain to publicly declare it has an “ethical and moral responsibility” to join with the Fair Work Ombudsman and stamp out exploitation of vulnerable trolley collectors. Coles has given an undertaking to the Fair Work Ombudsman that it will revamp its trolley collection services, admitting its former practices were “highly... ...Read more »

Foodlegal Melbourne workshops booked out, Sydney filling quickly
October 1, 2014

Foodlegal Melbourne workshops booked out, Sydney filling quickly FoodLegal’s popular Health Claims and Australian Consumer Law workshops have booked out in Melbourne, but a small number of places for the Sydney workshops on 13 October 2014 and 14 October 2014 remain. Pre-booking is essential as numbers are strictly limited and are expected to be filled well before each date. The two workshops are: Credence claims and managing ACCC risks: Marketing food in compliance with The Australian Consumer... ...Read more »

Eagerly anticipated FoodLegal workshops hit Melbourne next week
September 22, 2014

Eagerly anticipated FoodLegal workshops hit Melbourne next week There is only a week until food lawyers and expert consultants FoodLegal are set to hold two of their most popular training courses, which are running in Melbourne next Wednesday 1 October 2014 and Thursday 2 October 2014 for the only time this year. Each workshop will run in both Melbourne and Sydney in October 2014 but pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited and are expected to be filled well before each date. The two workshops... ...Read more »

Health claims hazards: are you prepared?
September 17, 2014

Health claims hazards: are you prepared? The new health claims standard brings with it new uncertainties, new opportunities and new hazards. It can influence how a food business markets its product, how it distinguishes itself from the competition and what needs to be done to ensure the business does not mislead its consumers. For the only time this year, food lawyers and expert consultants FoodLegal are running one of their most popular training courses on how food businesses can make the new Health... ...Read more »

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