The food industry is distinctive having a massive diversity of products and producers, distribution and retail channels, while also being essential to sustaining the health and well-being of our economy and community. The industry is heavily regulated with highly detailed food standards having both technical and legal implications.
Other key industry features include the importance of providing information about food products to consumers through branding, marketing and advertising, and packaging and labelling – all with significant potential legal risk – and the need for the industry to safeguard food safety to protect consumers and manage product liability risk.
To meet these risks and challenges, we have a specialist food law capability with leading practitioners who combine knowledge of the industry with strong expertise in the legal and regulatory landscape.
Our team assists leading organisations in relation to a wide range of issues including food standards and other regulatory compliance (such as FSANZ, labelling and packaging mandatories, food safety, adulteration and recalls, customs and prohibited imports issues, trade descriptions, trade measurement, overlap issues with TGA/ACCC),advertising and marketing matters including industry code compliance, food legislation requirements, Competition and Consumer Act requirements, IP advice, privacy, industry dispute resolution mechanisms, commercial contract issues including R&D, manufacturing, NDAs, supply and distribution, logistics, procurement, terms and conditions, trade promotions, sponsorships and more.
As experienced commercial lawyers, we bring a practical, responsive and business minded approach to the full breadth of matters, with sophisticated litigation capability when required, helping clients to solve problems and achieve their goals in serving their customers, stakeholders and consumers.