The Australian Greens have proposed a Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) Bill to be introduced into Federal Parliament. The new Bill will, in effect, create a new CoOL scheme for Australia. This article examines the key features of the Bill and some of the regulatory background and alternatives being advocated.
In July 2012, there were several newspaper reports that criticised supermarket advertising of bread as ‘fresh’ or as ‘baked today’, despite dough being imported from overseas or par-baked before final baking being done in-store. This article of 1,706 words, examines numerous regulatory concerns about the meaning of the description ‘fresh’ in a range of different circumstances for a wide variety of different foods.
This article considers the different regulatory requirements under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code in relation to Preservatives. The article highlights the different regulatory treatments in relation to difficult types of food preservation technologies and also examines numerous gaps in labelling laws and an examination of the rationalisations of why various preservatives are not declared in various food labelling scenarios. This article consists of 2037 words.
This article discusses the definition of ‘food premises’ under the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code and the Food Acts of each State and Territory. In particular, this article asks the question: Does the address that appears on a food label have to be the registered food premises where the food is actually handled or produced?
There are a substantial number of legislative regimes and industry schemes relating to the sale and marketing of alcohol in Australia. This article examines the current laws and industry codes governing alcohol sales in Australia and the roles of various State and industry-based agencies responsible for implementing regulations concerning the sale of alcohol.