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Published: 1 Sep 2017


By Joe Lederman (FoodLegal Managing Principal)

Welcome to our September 2017 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

You may notice a few changes to how you view this edition of FoodLegal Bulletin. We have recently launched our new website, which includes a new way to use FoodLegal Bulletin. Rest assured that all of our existing content is still available on the new website.

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In this September 2017 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin

Our FREE article “Current developments in food law and policy in Australia and elsewhereprovides this month’s update on many new regulatory developments for food producers and suppliers, beginning with Australia but also internationally.

Our article “Potential ways to optimise product Health Star Rating” looks at the industry submissions made as part of the Health Star Rating two-year review that were determined not to be anomalies, and explores how each submission presents an opportunity to maximise the Health Star Rating of a product.

FoodLegal Scientist Rozita Vaskoska explains the functional properties of different proteins in foods, the ways by which protein is isolated and added in foods, and regulatory and other requirements impacting upon the making of a protein claim in the article “Scientific and regulatory insights for protein ingredients and protein enrichments”.

Our article “When does blending of dry ingredients count as ‘substantial transformation’?” explores the circumstances surrounding the dry blending of ingredients, and whether this can amount to substantial transformation in order to justify a “Made in Australia” claim.

FoodLegal Principal Charles Fisher gives an overview of some of the key regulatory issues for food companies to keep in mind when developing their front of pack labelling in the video presentation “Charles Fisher on Front of Pack war stories

FoodLegal Scientist Sameera Sirisena explains some of the opportunities food companies face in food reformulation or new product development to maximise their Health Star Rating in the video presentation “Sameera Sirisena on Opportunities in Food Reformulation and new technological innovations

Our article “Federal Court issues judgment on use of natural claim in trade mark case” explores the recent Court decision on when a retailer home brand might infringe a trade mark, and the meaning of “natural’, and the implications for food companies.

The article “I already make healthy choices” by ShopScience Director Mark Fletcher explores the response by consumers to the Health Star Rating, and explains how food companies can use the Health Star Rating system to get their message across to consumers.

We hope you enjoy this edition of FoodLegal Bulletin!

Joe Lederman