FoodLegal identifies ‘Top 5 mistakes’ food companies make on compliance issues

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 11th June 2015
Food production, labelling and marketing compliance can be an onerous and time consuming process but is one of the most important for food companies
Food production, labelling and marketing compliance can be an onerous and time consuming process but is one of the most important for food companies

Food production, labelling and marketing compliance can be an onerous and time consuming process but is one of the most important for food companies. Product recalls, labelling re-runs or worse, legal action can not only hurt the bottom line but will cause long term brand damage.

As the leading consultants in food regulatory affairs and compliance, FoodLegal works with food manufacturers and importers to ensure their product development, labelling and marketing progresses smoothly.

FoodLegal expertise and the FoodLegal InHouseTM compliance subscription service enables our clients’ products to go from inception or importation to the consumer’s basket as quickly and cost effectively as possible.

Food companies large and small, despite their best efforts, can make mistakes in compliance. Here are the top five most common mistakes in compliance according to FoodLegal’s managing principal Joe Lederman:

Undeclared allergens: The problem with nuts. Last Easter there was a large number of product recalls because companies neglected to declare their product ‘may contain nuts’. The possibility of contamination must be declared on the label.

Health Claims: You can’t claim that. Unsubstantiated health claims are not allowed from 18 January 2016, and some health claims you can make today may not be permissible.

Non-permitted food ingredients: Just because it’s eaten overseas doesn’t mean it’s necessarily allowed in Australia. Certain products have prescribed permitted ingredients but percentage calculations methods differ from country to country.  The USA and Australia do it very differently!

No address on the label: So simple. You would be surprised how many times this happens. All labels must contain an Australian address.

Can I mention that on the label? How much banana do you need? You can’t picture a banana on the label and call it ‘Banana Yoghurt’ if it only contains .05% banana.

The introduction of the new Food Standards Code on 1 March 2016 means many food safety systems and compliance tools that companies currently rely on need to be re-examined and updated to ensure mistake don’t happen.

FoodLegal InHouseTM may well provide all the answers to compliance requirements for any food company or beverage company. FoodLegal InHouse makes FoodLegal’s compliance expert systems (which include methodology, tools, searchable resources and databases) available as part of a food company’s compliance team. It is a desktop solution and a platform to reduce the cost of compliance and will enhance the productivity of a food company.

FoodLegal works closely with clients to ensure their labels are right every time and by using FoodLegal InHouseTM, the transition to the new Food Standards Code will also be made seamless.

FoodLegal’s recent FoodLegal Symposium in Melbourne, “Are you ready for the new Food Standards Code?” sold out and had to be moved to larger premises to accommodate the understandable demand for information. Since that event, there were many requests for more information and an event in Sydney and Brisbane.

Accordingly, FoodLegal is offering the following:

“New insights into the new Food Standards Code”:

In a two hour presentation, FoodLegal principal Charles Fisher will summarise all of the FoodLegal Symposium presentations, examine compliance issues and deliver insights into the new Food Standards Code.

Tickets are limited. Price: $295 (incl. GST) pre-booking is required.

Sydney: Tuesday 7th July 2015, Enter from 8.30am for a 9am start – 11.00am, Cliftons Sydney: 13/60 Margaret Street, Sydney NSW

Brisbane: Thursday 16th July 2015, Enter from 8.30am for a 9am start – 11.00am, Mt Ommaney Hotel: Cnr Dandenong Road & Centenary Highway, Mt Ommaney, Brisbane, Queensland

Register HERE