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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

Changes to Child Support 2018: Part 3 – Binding Child Support Agreements

This is the final in a three-part series about the changes to Child Support in 2018. This segment deals with how the amendments affect Binding Child Support Agreements.   Binding Child Support Agreements Section 80C of the Child Support (Assessment) Act 1989 (“the Act”) enables parents to enter into a private agreement about child support, … Read more

CoOL challenge to “Australian-made” claims


Posted By on 14/11/18

There’s been a lot of coverage about country of origin labelling (CoOL) rules relating to labelling of food.  But what about complementary healthcare products? Claims about where complementary healthcare products are made or manufactured need to comply with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).  Of course, compliance with the ACL is in addition to sponsors’ compliance … Read more

ACCC steps up country of origin prosecutions


Posted By on 12/11/18

It has been a ‘fine’ time for the ACCC this year – a fact to which Ozwear Connection (‘Ozwear’)and Birubi Art (‘Birubi’) will no doubt attest.  Both these entities have caught the attention of the regulator in relation to country of origin claims. Background Under the Australian Consumer Law (‘ACL’), businesses are prohibited from making … Read more

Australia is boring when it comes to judicial appointments … when compared to the US!


Posted By on 19/10/18

By Darren Sommers (Principal Solicitor) and Stephanie Koumbarakos (Trainee Lawyer) The American Senate voted 50-48 confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh as the most recently appointed member of the American Supreme Court.  The appointment was preceded by divisive political debate after allegations surfaced that Judge Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted women while in high school and college.  Judge Kavanaugh … Read more