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Freedom to Feta – where is Australia headed on geographical indications?
Insight 10 Dec 2019

With negotiations underway for the free trade agreement between Australia and the European Union (the A-EU FTA), Australian businesses that produce, buy or sell EU and non-EU food, agricultural goods and spirit drinks have to confront the possibility that Australia will agree to give much stronger protection to the names of hundreds of EU products that indicate their geographical origin. We look at some of the key issues in the EU's proposal that would impact Australian businesses' operations and IP portfolios, and consider some of the agreed compromise positions in the EU's other recent FTAs. ...

The rise of plant-based 'meats' and emerging legal issues
Insight 12 Dec 2019

The demand for plant-based 'meat' alternatives is predicted to grow. As with any new industry, there is a series of regulatory issues that businesses should carefully navigate at the early planning phase. This is to avoid encountering issues down the track that may affect the marketing and supply of such products in Australia. ...

What is on the horizon for competition and consumer laws?
Insight 10 Dec 2019

In his recent address to the RBB Economics Forum, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims identified a number of key focus areas for the regulator. The Chairman offered valuable insight into potential future developments in the competition and consumer law space, including the ACCC's approach to mergers, the possible introduction of a prohibition against unfair trading practices, and further scrutiny of the agricultural sector. We explore the impact of the ACCC's agenda on the food and beverage sector. ...

Monopolising foods using trade marks
Insight 09 Dec 2019

Trade mark registration is intended to protect the brand of one trader's goods or services from that of another trader. Despite this, businesses in the food industry have increasingly sought trade mark registration for signs that inherently describe the food for which trade mark registration is sought. ...

Australia's Modern Slavery Act – one year on
Insight 11 Dec 2019

Australia's modern slavery reporting regime was introduced one year ago, and 2020 will see the first set of modern slavery statements published by reporting entities. This is, therefore, a timely ...

What the Packaging and Plastics Bill means for you
Insight 05 Dec 2019

The Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the Bill ) aims to combat the use of single-use plastics in Australia by establishing a mandatory product stewardship ...

The new FDA nutrition information panel guidelines
Insight 07 Jul 2016

We report on the new FDA guidelines regarding nutrition information labels for packaged foods sold in the USA. ...

Food imports and the Biosecurity Act: What’s changed
Insight 07 Jul 2016

We report on recent changes to the law relating to the importation of food into Australia, introduced by the commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth). ...

The CoOL change is here
Insight 07 Jul 2016

We provide an update on the new Country of Origin Labelling regime which came into effect on 1 July 2016 and the Federal Government’s proposed changes to the safe harbour provisions under the ...

To bee, or not to bee… Generalised health claims under the Food Standards Code?
Insight 07 Jul 2016

The New Zealand Court of Appeal considered an application by a honey producer seeking a declaration that the labelling of its honey products complied with the requirements for nutrition, health and ...

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