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SABS provides free standards to manage COVID-19

16 July 2020

The SABS has decided to make specific standards available free of charge in order to assist with the global effort of dealing with the COVID-19 crisis.

COVID-19 response: freely available ISO standards

16 July 2020

ISO is providing free access to certain standards to support global efforts in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. T

Cleaning and COVID 19 – AGAIN

09 July 2020

This is such an important topic that it needs to be repeated. For the sake of fear mongering but most importantly, money. And let’s ask the team of people working with information from around the world shall we?

Working safely during COVID-19 checklist

29 June 2020

This checklist gives some practical considerations of how social distancing can be applied in the workplace.

How Small-and Mid-Size Food Facilities Are Coping with COVID-19

23 June 2020

Most of these companies outsource ingredients and most supplies from suppliers within the U.S. However, some of the companies that were interacting with foreign suppliers were able to identify, as easily as February 2020, the need to create contingency plans for a pandemic that w

The New Normal for Grocery Store Health and Safety

22 June 2020

While many grocery stores made operational changes to stay open during the COVID-19 pandemic, more adjustments are needed to help stem future infections.

What is the right mask for wear for COVID-19?

17 June 2020

To mask or not to mask – that is the question! There has been a huge debate about this is the last few weeks since we have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We unmask the issue by looking at the advice given by a number of countries and the legal requirements in So

COVID-19 Return To Work Posters from the NIOH

17 June 2020

The NIOH have put together some Covid-19 Return –To-Work posters which are ready for print in A3 sizes. Feel free to print them out and use in your respective workplaces for awareness purposes.

So you think investing in fever screening can curb the spread of COVID-19? Think again

17 June 2020

Along with physical distancing, hand sanitisation and wearing of masks, fever screening is increasingly being set up as a requirement before entry is allowed into premises. But there are physiological and clinical reasons why fever screening simply won’t work.

“We are not doing any business” says street vendor

10 June 2020

Mali was speaking as a representative of the Johannesburg Informal Trader Platform (JITP) during a Zoom dialogue hosted by C19 Coalition - a consortium of about 316 civil society organisations. During the dialogue session on Monday, informal traders spoke about their challenges a

COVID-19 and Office Hygiene

31 May 2020

COVID-19 preventative measures are about good hygiene. Don’t forget to ensure that you have a clean working space.

NICD: Physical Distancing 101

20 May 2020

Physical distancing is a way to limit close and frequent contact between people to help slow the spread of COVID-19. How can you practice physical distancing?

R535 directions regarding e-commerce sales during alert level 4 of the Covid-19 national state of disaster

19 May 2020

R535 directions regarding e-commerce sales during alert level 4 of the Covid-19 national state of disaster

Not all Joburg’s street traders are trading

19 May 2020

Street traders are central to food security in JHB but since being declared an essential service under lockdown, street trade in SA’s biggest city has returned to uneven ground.

NOSA Testing COVID-19 Surface and Environmental Analysis Capabilities

08 May 2020

As employers prepare to welcome their workforces back to work, concerns about surface and environmental contamination will be top of mind. NOSA Testing Laboratories, an ISO17025 accredited laboratory facility, can help.

StatsSA releases Coronavirus COVID-19 behavioural and health perception survey results

04 May 2020

In a survey conducted in the week of 13 to 26 April 2020 Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) researched the behavioural and health perceptions of South African.

COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Workplaces

30 April 2020


CDC Publishes New Guidance for Meat and Poultry Industry

29 April 2020

Multiple outbreaks of COVID-19 among meat and poultry processing facility workers have occurred in the U.S. recently. The CDC and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have issued new guidance for the meat and poultry industry that advises creating a COVID-19 a

Why Ultraviolet-C is in a pivotal position, post pandemic

21 April 2020

The world as we knew it two months ago, may never quite be the same again. When we begin to emerge from this unprecedented period and look to adapt to our new surroundings and the ways in which we move forward and do things a little differently

Will South Africa join the chorus of countries limiting patent rights on Coronavirus-related medicine?

21 April 2020

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has put a new focus on striking a balance between enforcement of patent rights and access to essential or life-saving drugs. Amidst the pandemic, countries are reviving rarely used legislation and focus on developing new measures to ensure that COVID-

COVID 19 and the food industry in the UK

21 April 2020

Kaarin Goodburn, Director of the Chilled Food Association shared some insights with Food Focus

GFSI Announces Temporary Audit Measures Due to Covid-19

21 April 2020

There are already many audit restrictions that affect the certification status of certain sites. The GFSI has therefore established temporary audit measures

Amendment of the Regulations as relating to hot cooked food.

20 April 2020

Amendment of the regulations relating to hot cooked food.

Disaster Management Act: Regulations COVID-19 - Amendment

17 April 2020

Disaster Management Act: Regulations to address, prevent and combat the spread of Coronavirus COVID-19: (as amended by Gazette 43168 of 26 March 2020 and Gazette 43199 of 2 April 2020 and Gazette 43232 of 16 April)

CIPC Certification Process for Essential Services during Extended Lockdown Period

17 April 2020

Companies registered through the CIPC BizPortal to perform essential services during the lockdown period, will be required to have a NEW certificate for the extended period from 17 April 2020.

Can supermarkets sell cooked foods during lockdown?

17 April 2020

Amendments to the Disaster Management Act & other clarifications from Government

Lowering the Coronavirus Risk in Production Facilities

17 April 2020

We have collected some recommendations on how you as an employer can protect your workers in manufacturing plants:

Lockdown Phase 2 announcements & updates for the food industry

16 April 2020

Updates on the status of the COVID Regulations and other issues for the food industry

Cleaning Validation and Disinfectant Efficacy

15 April 2020

According to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations, guidance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and manufacturers of bio-pharmaceuticals.

Regulatory Status of Equipment Being Used to Help Prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19)

14 April 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus it is paramount that the regulatory status of such devices and equipment is clearly articulated and disseminated to the industry.

COVID-19 and food safety: guidance for food businesses

14 April 2020

The WHO provided guidelines to highlight the additional measures needed so that the integrity of the food chain is maintained, and that adequate and safe food supplies are available for consumers.

Department of Health recommends the use of masks during COVID-19

14 April 2020

Recommendations to The Honorable Dr Zweli Mkhize, Minister of Health regarding the use of cloth masks when in public.

International guidance for food manufacturers during COVID-19

08 April 2020

Until the Department of Health has finalized their guidance for the food industry we have collected some international resources that are open source, in the public domain and available for your benefit.

Interventions to assist the agricultural sector during COVID-19

07 April 2020

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms Thoko Didiza, MP is pleased to announce the department’s interventions to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19.

Legal Obligations in respect of Food Handlers and Delivery Personnel During the SARS-COR-2 (COVID-19) Pandemic

06 April 2020

The current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown South African is experiencing, which has led to the closure of many businesses considered non-essential such as restaurants, has also had an impact on the food manufacturing and retailing industries which are

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions in IsiZulu from the NICD

06 April 2020

In this video released by the NICD, Ms Vanessa Maseko answers some COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions in IsiZulu

COVID-19 in the Food Industry: So Many Questions

02 April 2020

Understanding best practices and keeping employees safe have been a top concern during the coronavirus pandemic.

Labour Intervention Measures During Coronavirus Lockdown

02 April 2020

Speaking notes by Minister of Labour, Thulas Nxesi during a media briefing to update on the COVID-19 lockdown measures

Social Distancing

02 April 2020

Social distancing guidelines from the NICD

Urgent call for businesses to divert PPE inventories to national healthcare sector

31 March 2020

Business for SA’s Public Health Workgroup is calling on all companies, especially those in lockdown, to urgently divert their stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in the national healthcare sector.

Disaster Management Act - Amendment to the Directives on Public Transport

31 March 2020


COVID 19 Directive - Transport Arrangements and Permits for Employees

31 March 2020

The Minister of Transport has again amended the Directives on Public Transport. These amendments are crucial for all food businesses as it will affect the transport of employees involved in essential services.

Ring, Ring, Ring: COVID-19? Beware Your Filthy Cell Phone

30 March 2020

Your smartphone may be transmitting more than a call. Dirty texting doesn’t make for safe food handling.

Food safety for the young at heart

30 March 2020

One of the privileges of growing older is eating whatever you want right? Well, while this may be our attitude to life, it is unfortunate that we actually need to be more careful.

Safe dairy processing and the Covid-19 virus

30 March 2020

In view of the current COVID-19 virus outbreak herewith for your information guidelines regarding food safety during the handling and processing of milk and other dairy products.

Food Control During Lock Down

30 March 2020

Ms. Penny Campbell, the Director of Food Control, Department of Health shares how government is operating/should be operating so that issues relating to Food SAFETY are clear during the COVID0-19 outbreak.

Is your disinfectant legal

30 March 2020

Did you know that the National Regulator for compulsory specifications in South Africa?

Final Lockdown Regulations, Standard Operating Procedures and More Documentation

30 March 2020

All food business need to ensure they are compliant with the COVID 19 regulations at this time. Please find the latest on the COVID-19 regulations and other essential documentation for the lockdown period your information and immediate action.

DOH COVID-19 Update | 29 March

30 March 2020

As at today, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1280. This is an increase of 93 from the previously reported cases.

Online Bizportal To Register Businesses That Provide Essential Goods and Services During The Lockdown Period

30 March 2020

We have introduced a portal at the website run by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to log company details only where companies comply with the regulations issued by the Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 25 March 2020 in Govern

Disaster Management Act: Regulations COVID-19 - Amendment 26 March

30 March 2020

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has issued Disaster Management Act, 2002: Amendment of regulations issued in terms on Section 27(2).

Supply Chain Surplus Network

28 March 2020

Do you have a surplus of perishable food that might be going to waste? Or can use use some of the surplus stock? We want to connect you with each other.

Employee Movement during COVID-19 Template

27 March 2020

AFMA have kindly shared the template relating to the movement of employees. Please feel free to use this.

Registration as a Business, Service Provider and Input Supplier

27 March 2020

What do you need to do to continue to trade as an essential service during lockdown?

NIOH YouTube channel offers COVID-19 workplace training videos

26 March 2020

We are pleased to announce that the NIOH YouTube channel is up and running, with essential COVID-19 workplace training videos. Please do subscribe and share with other colleagues to keep up to date with developments and guidelines.

Full List of Essential Serviced during Lock Down

26 March 2020

Here is the full list of essential services that will be maintained during the National lockdown

NRCS urges vigilance when purchasing masks and chemical disinfectants as some can be deadly

25 March 2020

The NRCS would like to urge consumers to only purchase chemical disinfectants and particle filtering half masks that have being approved by the NRCS and to use them in accordance with their instructions for use that either appear on the product itself or in a leaflet inserted ins

COVID-19 national lockdown notice to the restaurant industry

25 March 2020

ALL restaurants, cafes, bars, coffee shops will be required to comply with the nation-wide lockdown for 21 days. ALL food delivery services will also need to be suspended for 21 days with effect from midnight Thursday, 26 March 2020 until midnight Thursday, 16 April 2020.

Thank You to the Food Industry

25 March 2020

Thank you to everyone still making food.

A Message to the Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa

24 March 2020

A Message to the Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa From Minister Thoko Didiza: Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa on Coronavirus

Statement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Escalation of Measures to Combat COVID-19 Epidemic

24 March 2020

Over the past week, South Africans have demonstrated their determination, their sense of purpose, their sense of community and their sense of responsibility.

R350 Consumer and Customer Protection and National Disaster Management

22 March 2020

Regulations issued in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 2020

Comments by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition in the Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations and Directions

22 March 2020

Comments by Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel, to the Press on the Issuance of Covid-19 National Disaster Regulations and Directions

Workplace Preparedness: COVID-19 Guidelines

22 March 2020

To reduce the impact of COVID-19 outbreak conditions on businesses, workers, customers, and the public, it is important for all employers to plan now for COVID-19.

NICD COVID Update | 21 March

21 March 2020

21 March 2020 - the NICD confirms 38 new additional cases that have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. To date, South Africa has a total of 240 confirmed COVID-19 cases since the first confirmed case on 5 March 2020.

DOH LATEST CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19

21 March 2020

Department of Health: As of today, 21 March, South Africa now has 240 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This means there has been an increase of 38 from yesterday’s announcement.

The 2019-nCoV Coronavirus Is Not a Food Supply Threat

18 March 2020

China has a real public health crisis with the ongoing novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. The outbreak has become an epidemic, having spread quickly across many parts of China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)

NICD COVID-19 UPDATE | 18 March

18 March 2020

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) - Situation Report - 57

NICD COVID-19 UPDATE | confirmed Cases (116) | 18 March

18 March 2020

Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms 116 more Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in South Africa. We wish to inform all South Africans that as of this morning, 18 March 2020, South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This means that there has been an increase of 31 new cases from yesterd

NICD COVID-19 UPDATE | 17 March

18 March 2020

The Department of Employment and Labour has appealed to employers to use the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act of 1993 in governing workplaces in relation to Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID–19. The OHS read with the Hazardous Biological Agents Regulati

NICD COVID-19 UPDATE | 16 March

17 March 2020

As of 16 March 2020, the NICD confirms an additional 11 new COVID-19 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing it to a total of 62 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Department of Employment and Labour Guidelines to deal with Covid-19 at workplaces

17 March 2020

The Department of Employment and Labour has appealed to employers to use the prescriptions of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act of 1993 in governing workplaces in relation to Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID–19.

Coronavirus: Department of Health launches website and WhatsApp support group

16 March 2020

The Department of Health has announced a newly-launched website detailing all COVID-19 related resources. The website contains important contact details, including the emergency support hotline, and up-to-date news and resources.

Coronavirus: Ten reasons why you ought not to panic

12 March 2020

With the media gripped by coronavirus panic, there is deep concern and mass planning for worst-case scenarios but there are causes for optimism; reasons to think there may be ways to contain and defeat the virus. And lessons to learn for the future.

How to communicate with consumers about food safety

11 March 2020

“Trust is the most important intangible aspect of any company,” Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity said at this year’s Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) conference.

Coronavirus: how big, how bad, and what to look out for

11 March 2020

Cases of illness from the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) disease, known as COVID-19, have been confirmed in more than 100 countries. The outbreak was first recorded in China in December last year. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause illnesses that can range from a comm

Department of Health COVID-19 Update 11 March

11 March 2020

The Department of health issues a media statement on the latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa.

How to manage the threat of COVID in your workplace or institution

09 March 2020

The NICD and DOH outline details of COVID-19, including the risks to life and livelihood for South African businesses and institutions and how to mitigate these risks

Coronavirus Poster

09 March 2020

Coronavirus Poster from the National Health Laboratory Service and the Department of Health

The 2019-nCoV Coronavirus Is Not a Food Supply Threat

04 March 2020

China has a real public health crisis with the ongoing novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak. The outbreak has become an epidemic, having spread quickly across many parts of China. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)