Legal Updates October 2017

Here are the legal updates relating to Food Safety and Environmental, for October 2017.

Department of Health - Food Control

 

FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT, 1972 (ACT 54 OF 1972)

REGULATIONS PRESERVATIVES AND ANTIOXIDANTS: AMENDMENT

GG 41191, GON R1124 of 20 October 2017

 

The Minister has, in terms of section 15 (1) of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 1972), made the regulations in the Schedule, hereto:

In this Schedule, "the Regulations" means Regulations published under Government Notice No. R 965 of 3 June 1977.

 

ANNEXURE A

Table in Annexure A is hereby amended by addition of the following:

I - All Bread

II - Propionic acid

III - Quantity permitted – GMP

 

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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH - FOOD CONTROL

FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT, 1972 (ACT 54 OF 1972)

REGULATIONS PRESERVATIVES AND ANTIOXIDANTS: AMENDMENT

GG 41164, GON R1071 of 6 October 2017

 

The Minister has, in terms of section 15 (1) of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 1972), made the regulations in the Schedule, hereto:

 

In these Regulations "the Regulations" means the Regulations published by Government Notice No. R. 214 of 201 March 2013 as amended by Government Notice No. R. 989 of 6 September 2016.

 

Amendment of Regulation 1 2.

Regulation 1 of the Regulations is hereby amended by-

 

(a) The substitution of the definition of "processed meats for the following definition: "'processed meats' for the purpose of these Regulations means processed meat products in classes 1[6], 2 jet- 3 [101 4 , and 5 [13] of Annexure 1 of the South African National Standard SANS 885:2011, edition 3 or any future revision thereof,] that has undergone any action that substantially altered its original state (including, but not limited to, heating, smoking, curing, maturing, drying, marinating, extraction or extrusion or any combination of these processes), but excludes-

(a) raw processed meat sausages or similar products;

(b) 'Protected Designation of Origin' products (PDO);

(c) 'Protected Geographical indication' products (PGI); [, e.g., Mortadella;]

[(d) "Traditionally speciality guaranteed" products (TSG);] and

(e) speciality products produced using traditional methods such as immersion and dry

cured processes."

 

(b) the substitution of the definition of "ready -to -eat savoury snacks" for the following definition:

"`ready -to -eat savoury snacks' means all savoury flavoured extruded / expanded or puffed snacks

made from potato, corn, rice or other cereals, savoury flavoured popcorn, filled and unfilled savoury

biscuits, flavoured and /or salted peanuts, excluding potato crisps, pretzels and savoury flavoured

snacks made from pellets;"

 

(c) substitution of the definition of "raw- processed meat sausages" for the following definition:

"raw- processed meat sausages" means all types of raw -processed meat sausages from all species

of meat animals and birds intended for human consumption in South Africa [as per inter alia the

Regulations Governing the Composition and Labelling of Raw Boerewors, Raw Species

Sausage and Raw Mixed -species Sausage, R 2718 of 23 November 1990 and any updates

hereafter,] cured or uncured, or a combination thereof or similar products that have not undergone

any heat treatment and where any added ingredient and /or additive and added water, including brine,

is retained in or on the product as sold, but exclude processed meats in sausage form as defined by

these Regulations;

 

Amendment of Regulation 2 3.

Regulation 2 is hereby amended by the substitution of Table 1 for an updated table containing the new effective dates for lower levels.

See here for all the details

 

Substitution of regulation 3

METHODOLOGY OR TESTING OF TOTAL SODIUM:

4. Regulation 3 of the Regulations is hereby substituted for the following regulation:

(1) For all foodstuff categories, suitable sodium potentiometric method or elemental analysis, with either AA (flame atomic absorption spectroscopy) or ICP (inductively coupled plasma), for determining typical total sodium content which shall be applied for monitoring and law- enforcement purposes, provided that these methods shall Inlay] also be used for routine testing or for the purpose of nutritional information labelling of the typical total sodium content by manufacturers. The samples shall be digested with a microwave digester and not ashing,

(2) The permitted tolerance for nutrient declaration in the nutrition labeling of sodium where no claim with a nutrition or health message is made shall be in accordance with the Regulations Relating to the Advertising and Labelling of Foodstuffs [shall be not more than 20% in excess of the targeted sodium value, based on the product formulation or recipe]; Provided that where a claim with any nutrition or health message is made, the sodium value shall be at or below the sodium targets set out in these Regulations.

 

Substitution of Regulation 4

5. Regulation 4 of the Regulations is hereby substituted for the following regulation:

Effective dates (4) These Regulations, for the purposes of Sodium content monitoring and the law enforcement thereof come into effect on the dates listed in column IV of Table 1 when these foodstuffs are offered for sale on or after the mentioned dates: Provided that in categories 10, 11, 12 and 13 the target date shall be the date of manufacture.


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 South African Standards

The following standards were published in draft and will have an impact on your food safety management system. Make sure you comment.

 

SANS 10330 (SABS 0330) (2017-10-10)

Requirements for a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system, Ed 3

Closing date for comments: 2017-12-08

 


 

SANS 10049 (SABS 049) (2017-10-10)

Food safety management - Requirements for prerequisite programmes (PRPs) Ed. 5

Closing date for comments: 2017-12-08

 


 

Environmental Updates October 2017

 

National Norms and Standards for the Sorting, Shredding, Grinding, Crushing, Screening, Chipping or Baling of General Waste, 2017.

Date: 11/10/2017

Government Gazette No.: 41175

Notice No.: 1093

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, set Norms and Standards for the Sorting, Shredding, Grinding, Crushing, Screening, Chipping or Baling of General Waste.

The purpose of the notice is to provide Norms and Standards to provide a uniform national approach relating to the management of waste facilities that sort, shred, grind, crush, screen, chip or bale general waste.

 


 

List of Waste Management Activities that have or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the Environment

Date: 11/10/2017

Government Gazette No.: 41175

Notice No.: 1094

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, made amendments to the List of Waste Management Activities that have or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the Environment.

The purpose of the amendment is to make provision for the waste management activity relating to the Sorting, Shredding, Grinding, Crushing, Screening or Bailing of General Waste to be omitted from Category A listed activities and included under Category C, which do not require licensing under section 20 of the NEMWA but must conform to the provisions of the applicable Norms and Standards published.

 


 

Call on Tyre Industry to Prepare and Submit an Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan to the Minister for Approval

Date: 30/10/2017

Government Gazette No.: 41213

Notice No.: 1148

The Minister of Environmental Affairs published a notice, requiring the Tyre Industry to prepare and submit an Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan to the Minister for approval. The purpose of this notice is to require a tyre producer to prepare and submit an industry waste tyre management plan to the Minister for approval.

 


 

Proposed regulations regarding the control of the Import or Exporting of Waste

Date: 30/10/2017

Government Gazette No.: 41213

Notice No.: 1147

 

Minister of Environmental Affairs, gave notice of her intention to make regulations regarding the control of the import or export of waste under section 69(1)(j) read with section 73 of the NEMWA, as set out in the schedule to the notice.Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister, within 30 days (i.e on or before the 31st of November 2017), written representations on or objections to the following addresses:

   

By post to:
The Director General: Department of Environmental Affairs
Attention: Mr Anben Pillay
Private Bag X447
Pretoria
0001

By hand at:       
Environment House,
473 Steve Biko Street,
Pretoria,
Arcadia,
0082.

By email:
apillay@environment.gov.za. or by Tel (012) 399-9827.   

 

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