Understanding 'Country of Origin' Food Labelling

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Piper Alderman (top floor of the PwC building)

Level 16, 70 Franklin Street

Adelaide, SA 5000


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Understanding 'Country of Origin' Food Labelling

The Entrepreneurs Programme have worked with EQAS Business Development and Piper Alderman to help to de-mystify the implementation of 'Country of Origin' Food Labelling.

This is a practical workshop to show how to determine what labelling is required and undertake the relevant calculations, as well as integrate this within the existing HACCP and quality systems in place in the business. The need for documentation and legal compliance will be discussed with strategies to minimise the legal risk of non-compliance.

Please join us at one of our two complimentary sessions supported by the Entrepreneurs Programme.

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October 11th, 2017
Morning Session: 10.00am – 12:30pm
Afternoon Session: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Piper Alderman (top floor of the PwC building)
Level 16,
70 Franklin Street,
Adelaide SA 5000

There is limited street parking out the front of the building.

There are three nearby carparks:

1. Wilson carpark on Franklin next to the building

2. Care Park across the road on the corner of Pitt Street / Franklin Street

3. Auto Park on Young Street

Public Transport:
You can also take the tram or bus to Victoria Square which is close.

EQAS will deliver:

  • An outline of the COOL labelling requirement in easy to understand, simple terms

  • A simple description of the processes required to address the labelling requirement

  • Useful draft take-away templates to complement the process e.g. letters to suppliers requesting information, etc.

  • Reference to typical food content calculation issues (e.g. ingredients vs. process aids, use of water, assumptions, etc.)

  • Label configuration options

  • Relationship of COOL labelling with HACCP and QA certification.

  • A ‘real-life’ product practical labelling exercise in-class.

Piper Alderman will deliver:

  • What makes the COOL standard legal?

  • Who ‘polices’ the standard?

  • Accuracy and truthfulness in COOL labels (and elsewhere on the product)

  • Examples of the types of breaches that businesses may inadvertently cause

  • Risks associated with non-compliance: Enforcement actions, penalties and fines

  • Establishing a chain of contractual responsibility to enable recourse against others who cause or contribute to a breach


    Gregory Francis

    Greg has a wide background in organisational management system implementation and development, having worked extensively in a wide variety of organisations across many industries and sizes.

    Greg is the holder of the degree of Master of Engineering (in Advanced Manufacturing Technology) and the degree in Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering, and is currently the director of the Adelaide based management consultancy firm EQAS (Aust) Pty Ltd, having been a founding director since 1993.

    His specialties include the development, implementation, maintenance and certification of:

    Quality management systems (ISO9001), focusing on process analysis and continuous improvement; Environment ISO14001 EMS standard, Safety AS4801 OHMS standard, HACCP Food Safety requirements; Product Compliance Programs, Technical Consulting, Type Testing facilitation, Product Risk assessments, Technical Manuals, Inspection and Test Plans, preparation of approval applications, compliance files and Conformity Declarations

    Simon Venus

    Simon is a corporate and commercial lawyer and partner at Piper Alderman. He utilises his drafting skills on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions for Australian and international private clients and SMEs as well as major Australian corporations. He has been involved in many corporate projects including business and share sales and acquisitions, equity capital raisings and due diligence investigations. Having spent many years as a jackaroo and overseer on large pastoral station properties, Simon has developed a keen interest in agriculture and food and advises agribusinesses operating at all levels in the value chain across Australia. Simon is a national director of Agribusiness Australia and an inaugural member of the South Australian Agribusiness Council. He has been listed each year in the annual Best Lawyers ® list since 2012 for Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Since 2016 Simon has been listed in Commercial Law. In 2017 Simon was listed as ‘Lawyer of the Year’ in Commercial Law and additionally listed in Corporate Law.

    This is a free event hosted by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Entrepreneur's Programme in collaboration.

    This event is designed to benefit small and medium Australian businesses from the Food and Agribusiness industry sector.

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    Adelaide, SA 5000


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