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Patulin and Human Health

By Food Focus on 29 September 2021

What is patulin, what risk does it pose to human health, and how is it introduced into the manufacturing space.

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R1184 OF NOVEMBER 2020 - EXTENDED PRODUCER REGULATIONS

By CGCSA (Consumer Goods Council of South Africa) on 19 January 2021

The Extended producer regulations came into effect on 5 November 2020. This amendment is in response to concerns by industry and the implementation deadlines have been extended to assist.

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Microplastics – Now part of our diet

By Linda Jackson on 18 January 2021

A study finds on average people could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card.

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The Ultimate All-Meat Doneness Guide (With Times And Temperatures)

By Guest Author on 13 January 2021

Cooking meat on the grill is one of life’s top-tier satisfactions. Not only is it fun and absorbing to do, the results, if you get them right, enhance your day, your week, even your life as a whole. The perfect cut, perfectly cooked, is the stuff of legend.

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4 Steps to Food Safety

By Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on 05 November 2019

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year alone? Food poisoning not only sends 128,000 Americans to the hospital each year—it can also have long-term health consequences. Following the four simple steps - clean, separate, cook and, chill - bel

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Transporting your food - the dangers lurking in your lunch box

By Linda Jackson on 14 October 2019

Sitting in the aisle seat means you have a great view of what people are bringing onboard a plane... and it's surprising to see the number of cooler bags containing food!

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Cold Food Storage Chart

By Food Focus on 03 September 2019

In the absence of South African guidelines on this topic, we can adhere to the Foodsafety.gov guidelines below for storing food in the refrigerator and freezer.

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How 26 Percent of Participants Transferred Bacteria from Raw Chicken to Their Salads

By Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on 30 August 2019

The debate on whether or not to wash raw poultry is a fierce one, but until recently it was not a debate backed by science. A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) further demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash

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Precautionary Food Safety Alert

By Food Focus on 16 November 2018

Deli Spices have issued a precautionary food safety alert following the hijacking of a logistics truck carrying curing salt packs, which are harmful if not used correctly.

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The dangers of a raw food pet diet - for you and for them

By Linda Jackson on 29 June 2018

Raw food pet diets are becoming an increasing trend, but their health claims are unsubstantiated say veterinary professionals, and may even be harmful. A recent chat with a vet shone a whole new light on the dangers of feeding raw food to your pets - both for you and for them.

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Plastic Is Killing our Oceans – the Issues, Facts, and Possible Solutions

By Guest Author on 28 June 2018

Approximately 40% of the world’s 7.6 billion people live within 62 miles (100km) of an ocean coast. For the other 60%, some of whom may never have even seen an ocean, the seas still play a vital role in their lives. Most importantly, the ocean is vital to the food chain.

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Research Check: can tea towels cause food poisoning?

By Guest Author on 15 June 2018

Aside from being up to the task of drying our dishes, we don’t usually give the humble tea towel much thought. But now it’s being blamed for causing food poisoning

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Food safety: are the sniff test, the five-second rule and rare burgers safe?

By Guest Author on 16 May 2018

There are many rules in food safety lore, some that have a basis in fact, and some that are purely grounded in convenience. But it’s important to look at the evidence to see which category common rules fall under.

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How to keep Listeria out of your Refrigerator

By Bridget Day on 03 March 2018

You think you may have had products in your fridge which may have been be contaminated with listeria? So now what should you do? Here are some tips.

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Listeria information for parents, teachers & preschools

By Linda Jackson on 22 January 2018

With back to school in full swing and the listeriosis outbreak still continuing, there is a lot of misinformation out there that can spread panic. So here is some practical information to help parents, teachers and preschools.

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Safer food for those with HIV

By Bridget Day on 01 December 2017

On World AIDS Day it's useful to revisit the Department of Health's food safety guidelines for people with compromised immune systems, such those with HIV

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Spike in Listeria infections in South Africa - why it matters

By Guest Author on 07 November 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has received reports of a marked increase in the number of cases in South Africa in the last few months, mostly in Gauteng. The stats are now sitting at 190 confirmed cases across the country this year.

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What is SASSI and why should you care?

By Linda Jackson on 27 October 2017

According to the World Wildlife Fund, in South Africa, many linefish species are overexploited or have collapsed. Often significant amounts of bycatch are caught and thrown back. Some survive, but many don’t. SASSI exists to inform and educate all participants in the seafood trad

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Challenging consumer decisions on sustainability

By Guest Author on 18 September 2017

Whenever restrictions on certain harmful types of products have been proposed, the mantra has been that consumers must be offered choice. When customers choose in large numbers to consume more sustainably, then things will change.

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What are you doing with your 67 minutes?

By Bridget Day on 14 July 2017

On the 18th July we celebrate Nelson Mandela Day – which is one of the most wonderful days of to year to be a South African. It is a time when we all unite together with one cause, and celebrate the legacy of Tata Madiba with actions not just words.

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