ACCC allows NSW poultry growers to collectively bargain
July 2, 2014

The ACCC has allowed poultry growers in NSW to collectively bargain The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has granted authorisation to enable members of the NSW Farmers’ Association who grow chicken, turkey and duck meat, to collectively bargain with processors. Under the collective bargaining arrangements, poultry growers will form common interest ‘grower groups’ to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of contracts with the relevant poultry processor. Currently... ...Read more »

US Court ruling supports meat Country of Origin labelling laws
September 18, 2013

The American Meat Institute (AMI) has said it will appeal a decision by a US District Court not to block the implementation of the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) May 2013 final rule on Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) for meat products. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in Washington DC refused on Wednesday 11 September 2013 to issue a preliminary injunction in the US District Court for the District of Columbia. “We disagree strongly with the court’s decision and believe that several aspects... ...Read more »

ACCC wins major ‘unconscionable conduct’ action
August 21, 2013

A judgment handed down last week by the Full Federal Court of Australia provides new guidance on the application of “unconscionable conduct” provisions of the Australian Consumer Law (the ACL). Although the case did not relate to a food company, a leading food industry lawyer has said that the Court’s judgment may have broader implications for other business relationships such as arrangements between supermarkets and their suppliers. The judgment in Australian Competition and Consumer Commission... ...Read more »

Early bird price for upcoming FoodLegal New Health Claims Standard Sydney workshop
July 24, 2013

Leading food compliance consultants FoodLegal have announced a new intensive workshop. Bookings for the half day intensive workshop to be run in Sydney in August are open now, with a special early bird price. In January 2013, a new Health Claims Standard was introduced into the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. The FoodLegal workshop explains how the new standard operates and how to approach the issues now and in the future. Workshop details Date: 22 August 2013 Time: 8.45am – 1pm Location:... ...Read more »

NSW government set to ease alcohol promotion restrictions
July 16, 2013

Liquor retailers in New South Wales have been lobbying the NSW Government to soften the NSW Government’s soon-to-be-released Responsible Promotion of Alcohol Guidelines. Liquor Stores Association (LSA) NSW, which represents the State’s liquor retailers, says that price promotions in liquor stores do not promote irresponsible drinking. The NSW Government had previously indicated an intention to place an outright ban on liquor store discounts and shopping docket liquor deals of more than 50 per... ...Read more »

Australian chicken brands and peak body caught by Court for ‘free to roam’ claims
July 10, 2013

The Australian Federal Court has found processors and suppliers of Steggles branded chicken products, engaged in “false, misleading and deceptive conduct” in describing on product packaging and in advertising that its meat chickens were ‘free to roam’ in large barns when this was not the case. The Australian Chicken Meat Foundation Inc (ACMF), the peak industry body for Australia’s chicken meat industry, was also found to have engaged in “false, misleading and deceptive conduct”, by... ...Read more »

British BSI takes over NCSI on Australian food certification
June 11, 2013

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has announced it has completed the acquisition of the Australian third party auditing, assurance and certification organisation NCS International (NCSI), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of Testing Authorities Australia. NCSI offers a variety of internationally recognised business verification, assessment and certification programs across industry sectors including food, health and services, mining and utilities. BSI said its acquisition... ...Read more »

Gluten-free debate as AFGC pushes for change
May 27, 2013

The Australian Food and Grocery Council (the AFGC) is proposing that Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) alter the definition of ‘gluten-free’ in Australia. The AFGC wants FSANZ to allow a food to contain up to 20 milligrams of gluten per kilogram to still be called ‘gluten-free’. This would bring the Australian regulation of ‘gluten-free’ claims in line with British and European standards.  Some argue that 10 milligrams per kilogram would be safer for coeliacs. In Australia,... ...Read more »

Mixed reaction to Australian Government’s National Food Plan
May 27, 2013

The Australian Government has released its National Food Plan, which it says will provide “a roadmap for the future” for governments, businesses and individuals to work together. But the plan has been met with mixed reactions by industry and health organisations. Launched on Saturday 25 May 2013 by Federal Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig at Rocklea Markets in Brisbane, the plan outlines a number of new initiatives. The Government said “these measures aim... ...Read more »

Health Claims workshop reminder
May 14, 2013

Places are still available for an upcoming series of intensive workshops from leading food compliance consultants FoodLegal. The workshops will be run in both Sydney and Melbourne. 1. ‘Swim between the flags’ workshop  This workshop covers the best practices to identify when and how a non-compliance risk exists in any food marketing. This includes illustrations of non-compliance under Australian Consumer Law and what options can be considered. Choose your session: Friday 24th May: The... ...Read more »

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