Food Law is of growing importance to successful food businesses.
This is due to:
Increasing activity by state and local government regulators to enforce food safety standards;
Potential criminal penalties that can be imposed on business owners, company directors and employees for breaches of food legislation;
Interest shown by consumers in the publication of the failings of food businesses.
We are able to assist food businesses on a day-to-day basis to maximise their outcomes within the increasingly complex framework of obligations.
Licensing notification requirements for food premises and vehicles;
Health claims for food;
Labelling issues for beverages or nutraceuticals, functional foods or energy foods;
Food compositions laws;
Food recall processes;
Audits, risk assessment, site inspections for food safety issues.
Compliance and Enforcement Actions taken by Regulators:
Right of entry of inspectors to food businesses and private property;
Response to requests for information from regulators;
Response to improvement notices, compliance with prohibition orders;
If you, your company or individual directors or managers are prosecuted for breaches of food laws, we can develop a defence strategy and effectively communicate with the prosecuting authority.
We provide the full spectrum of services in the event of litigation. This includes acting in the defence of food safety prosecutions and in coronial inquests, appeals in relation to license cancellations and applications to disallow seizures made by regulators.
Complaints and investigations of suspected instances of food borne illness outbreaks.
Our training and practical experience with the incident investigation process enables us to provide informed and critical advice on legal issues associated with these investigations and to assist clients achieve the desired food safety and risk management outcomes arising out of investigation findings.
Education and Training
We deliver in house seminars to keep staff up-to-date on Food Law, compliance issues, dealing with developments in personal liability to ensure management and staff understand food safety legislation, how it works in practice and how to comply.
Drafting and implementing (with expert input where necessary) appropriate food safety standards and procedures tailored according to your business.