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Alka Power in hot water over misleading ad


Posted By on 5/03/19

By Amelia Edwards (Senior Associate) and Adrian Faelli (Lawyer) A manufacturer of bottled alkaline water, endorsed by celebrity chef Pete Evans, has fallen foul of the advertising industry’s Food and Beverages Advertising and Marketing Communications Code (the Code). But, given the nature of the claims made in relation to this product, is this an issue … Read more

Food manufacturer fined for safety breach


Posted By on 3/12/18

A recent case in the Magistrates Court of Victoria is a timely reminder to check that safety guards are fully operational and to promptly remove faulty machinery from production for repair. What happened? A machine that individually wrapped small cakes and muffins in plastic film was fed the food product by two conveyors to the … Read more

Gluten free(ish): 1 in 40 “gluten free” foods fail to meet Australian standards


Posted By on 28/11/18

By Chrystie Siapkas (Lawyer) and Koula Politis (Senior Associate) A study published earlier this month in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed a concerning truth. Melbourne researchers tested 256 commonly-bought manufactured “gluten free”-labelled products and reported that almost 3% of these products actually contained small amounts of gluten, meaning that these products did not comply … Read more

Fake honey products – producers in a sticky situation


Posted By on 17/09/18

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Koula Politis (Senior Associate) Australia’s largest honey company, Capilano, is one of the retail brands stung for producing adulterated honey products sold in Australian retail outlets.  The complaints arose after 28 samples of various brands tested by a leading international laboratory were found to contain ingredients other than honey. … Read more

Safety incidents – how to prevent serious injuries in the kitchen


Posted By on 23/04/18

Recent court decisions regarding serious safety incidents involving companies in the food industry are an important reminder of the safety risks and serious injuries that can result from unguarded food machinery and equipment during use, cleaning and maintenance.  In these cases, the companies involved were found to be in breach of their duties under the Occupational … Read more

Food recall: what to do when things go wrong


Posted By on 9/04/18

By Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) and Amelia Edwards (Lawyer) Whether or not to conduct a food recall is a nightmare most food producers and manufacturers don’t want to contemplate. As at 3 April 2018, a rockmelon-related listeria outbreak has resulted in six confirmed deaths and caused serious illness in at least 13 others. The incident, … Read more

Heinz shredded by Court over claims on SHREDZ product


Posted By on 3/04/18

By Josephine Mammone (Trainee Lawyer) and Amelia Edwards (Lawyer) A significant decision of the Federal Court, handed-down on 19 March 2018, has found that Heinz misled consumers as to the nutrition and health benefits of its SHREDZ products, aimed at children aged 1-3 years of age. Heinz marketed its SHREDZ ‘Little Kids’ range to parents … Read more