Dietary health products and functional foods overlap separated

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 16th September 2011

Does your special Functional food or beverage meet all food law standards? Does your product need to be TGA registered? Will your healthy claims really stand up to government scrutiny?

Some of Australia’s leading experts in the areas of food law, health and therapeutic regulations, and marketing law will be providing answers to these questions at a half-day symposium being held in Sydney on Monday 10 October 2011.

The symposium, titled ‘Healthy Bodies of Law: Food or Therapeutic? Finding Advantages in the Regulatory Differences’ will be held at The Menzies Hotel in Sydney CBD and is being promoted by specialist food law FoodLegal and co-sponsored by SAI Global, Advancing Food Safety (AFS). SAI Global is the lead publisher of all Australian and international industry standards. AFS runs the Coles academy that trains personnel of Coles supermarket group in food safety. AFS also runs other training courses for other companies.

Speakers for the symposium have indicated to Australian Food News that they will illustrate how different laws and legal criteria apply for various functional claims according to the regulatory regime governing particular products. Some of these products can potentially fall into more than one regulatory regime. However, the regulators each operate with different enforcement policies and different criteria.

This Symposium will highlight opportunities and risks and provide many answers for product developers, marketers and investors in these product categories.

According to FoodLegal’s Joe Lederman, the symposium is aiming to provide valuable professional information to those interested in foods or beverages with health-oriented functions, or sport drinks, energy drinks or supplements.

Speakers will illustrate and explain the different regulatory choices, and rules and techniques for marketing such products.

Details of the speakers are as follows:

Dean Stockwell, General Manager of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), who will provide information about the latest updates on the development of an Australian Health-Claims Food Standard, and information about recent changes and predicted changes ahead for Special Purposes Foods (Part 2.9 of the Food Standards Code) and other regulatory issues in this area, from the perspective of FSANZ. FSANZ is the government agency responsible for setting the food standards for Australia and New Zealand.

From the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) where he is the Deputy Head of Enforcement in New South Wales, Marcello Saponaro will be speaking about enforcement issues and criteria in the Health and Food and Dietary therapeutic areas.

Joe Lederman is the Managing Principal of FoodLegal, Australian Lawyers & Consultants specialising in Food Industry laws. Joe also is the principal author and editor of FoodLegal Bulletin and the author of the food law chapter of Australia’s legal encyclopaedia, Halsbury’s Laws of Australia. Joe will speak on the topic of regulatory advantages in the food route regulatory choices and marketing opportunities for healthy messages of functional foods, including NZ issues.

Robert Forbes is a director of Robert Forbes and Associates, a leading consultancy in the field of complementary medicines. Robert will speak on Regulatory Advantages in the choice of Therapeutics or TGA regulatory routes for such products.

Dr. Tom Faunce is Associate Professor jointly of the College of Law and the Medical School at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra Australia. He will speak about implications of technological change (such as nanotechnology) affecting regulators and marketers of therapeutic and healthcare products or of food products.

Charles Fisher, a FoodLegal lawyer and regulatory compliance trainer for FoodLegal clients, will speak on the topic of Pushing the Boundaries of Food regulation: Compositional Methodologies and other opportunities.

The “Healthy Bodies of Law: Food or Therapeutic?” Symposium will be held on Monday 10 October 2011, from 8.30am to 1.00pm at The Menzies Hotel, Carrington Street, Sydney.

Pre-booking tickets for the symposium ($295.00 inc. GST) is essential and can be done by clicking here.