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Fresh Summit adds Leslie Odom Jr., Experience Extensions to agenda

By: Food Focus on 18 September 2018

The Tony and Grammy award-winning performer is the fourth “Forum for the Future” speaker to be announced by Produce Marketing Association (PMA), each forum featuring a big voice on a big topic of industry interest.

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Zambia -A new gateway for fresh produce trade into Africa

By: Food Focus on 14 September 2018

Fresh produce consumption is booming in Africa. It is viewed as trendy and healthy in the minds of the young and the middle class. But how accessible and efficient are current markets or retail outlets to sell fresh produce to a rapidly increasing...

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Fresh produce trade in Africa boasts greater opportunities than ever before

By: Food Focus on 14 September 2018

At the conference, which was held on 15 and 16 August at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria, guest speakers shared their perspectives on the latest developments in the trade and investment environment for fresh produce in Africa. Th

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NSF International Certifies First Products to Made With True Source Honey™ Program

By: Food Focus on 13 September 2018

Several major brands are taking a stance against honey fraud and adulteration by sourcing 100% of the honey used in their products from True Source Honey® certified suppliers.

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Food Toxicology and Risk Assessment Workshop Review

By: In the news on 05 September 2018

The recent Listeria monocytogenes outbreak and the fake goods riot of Soweto raised many questions regarding the issue around the safety of food consumed in South Africa. This should drive all stakeholders in the food industry to ....

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Media Statement by The Minister Health on Listeriosis Outbreak

By: Food Focus on 03 September 2018

Media Statement by The Minister Health on Listeriosis Outbreak - which has officially been declared as over.

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Media Statement by the Minister Health on Allegations of Fake and Expired Food

By: In the news on 03 September 2018

Due to the high volume of complaints received by the Department they are investigating these reports of fake food.

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Statement on alleged sale of “Fake foods” in South Africa

By: Food Focus on 28 August 2018

The Department is noting with concern the food related videos that are circulating on social media about the alleged ‘unsafe’ manufacturing of certain fake foods in South Africa. Municipalities have embarked on special blitzes to inspect foodstuff so

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Dr Lucia Anelich appointed as President-Elect of IUFoST

By: Food Focus on 20 August 2018

In a first for South Africa, Dr Lucia Anelich (Pr.Sci.Nat.) has been elected as President-Elect of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), to become President in 2020.

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dmg events launches key food innovation conference to the market

By: Food Focus on 17 August 2018

dmg events is proud to introduce the most exciting b2b conference to the food and beverage market. From 27 – 28 September 2018, FoodNext.Africa will bring together startups, food innovators...

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Previously unemployed women thrive as scarce skill butchers

By: Food Focus on 13 August 2018

Previously unemployed women thrive as scarce skill butchers

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Woolworths Product Recall - Frozen Savoury Rice Mix

By: Food Focus on 10 July 2018

Following a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency, and purely as a precautionary measure, we are recalling our Woolworths Frozen Savoury Rice Mix product (6009173621740).

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Greenyard takes recall initiative for frozen vegetables from Hungary

By: Food Focus on 09 July 2018

In line with a decision passed by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency dated 29 June 2018, Greenyard recalls frozen vegetables from its Hungary based plant, produced between 13 August 2016 and 20 June 2018.

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PMA Fresh Connections Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show

By: Food Focus on 06 July 2018

The Fresh Connections Southern Africa Conference and Trade Show will be hosted by the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) on 15-16 August 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria.

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Food24 is getting a new home

By: Food Focus on 03 July 2018

Food24, one of South Africa’s biggest online food platforms, will migrate to New Media on 1 October 2018 to become part of the agency’s growing food focus.

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International food safety standard revised to meet the evolving challenges of the food chain

By: Food Focus on 02 July 2018

BSI, the business standards company, has published the revised international standard for food safety management. ISO 22000:2018 Food safety management systems – requirements for any organization in the food chain provides a framework based on best p

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New laboratory opened in Estcourt to ensure food safety

By: Food Focus on 06 June 2018

“Food safety is non-negotiable.” These were the words of Professor Pieter Gouws, Head of Microbiology at the Stellenbosch University when he opened the new microbiology laboratory at Eskort Limited last Wednesday.

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GOVERNMENT UPDATE ON LISTERIA OUTBREAK: JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

By: Food Focus on 18 May 2018

The Government, led by the DoH, DAFF, the dti, the NCC) and the NRCS has been working tirelessly to control and end the listeria outbreak. Here is an update regarding the progress and achievements towards controlling and ending the Listeria outbreak,

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Why Africa’s Big 7 is so much more than the continent’s premier food & beverage exhibition

By: Food Focus on 10 May 2018

A new three-day conference, two exciting competitions and a host of free entertainment make this food and beverage show the highlight of the F&B year in South Africa

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Listeria Class Action Team Commends Tiger Brands Transparency

By: Food Focus on 27 April 2018

The offices of Richard Spoor Inc., Attorneys, LHL Attorneys Incorporated and Marler Clark commend Tiger Brands on its transparency in releasing Listeria testing information to shareholders.

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TraQtion™ Now Available in South Africa to Restore Consumers’ Faith in Food

By: Food Focus on 11 April 2018

TraQtion, powered by global food safety leader NSF International, is a cloud-based food safety compliance software for the food and beverage industries

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WHO | Listeriosis – South Africa

By: Food Focus on 29 March 2018

Globally, this is the largest outbreak of listeriosis that has been detected. Due to the potentially long incubation period of listeriosis further cases are expected before the impact of the food recall is observed. Following the identification of th

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The role of DAFF in the listeriosis outbreak

By: Food Focus on 27 March 2018

The role of DAFF in the listeriosis outbreak

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Media Release: Site visit at enterprise foods in Polokwane

By: Food Focus on 26 March 2018

As the authority responsible for export facilitation of processed meats, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries’s visit to the Enterprise factory in Polokwane was in line with the department’s mandate of ensuring safe trade.

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Listeria Class Action

By: Food Focus on 15 March 2018

A top Johannesburg based law firm, LHL Attorneys, today launched a proposed class action against Tiger Brands Limited, Enterprise Foods (Pty) Ltd, and RCL Foods Limited, seeking up to half a billion rand in damages for injury and losses associated wi

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Marler Clark: Managing Partner Bill Marler travels to South Africa to address Food Focus Listeria Conference

By: Food Focus on 06 March 2018

William “Bill” Marler, food safety advocate and expert in foodborne illness litigation, will speak at the Food Focus Listeria Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday, March 8.

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Industry Guideline : Control of Listeria Monocytogenes for the South African Dairy Industry

By: Food Focus on 28 February 2018

This document has been prepared to assist roleplayers in the South African dairy industry to proactively implement measures based on a pathogen control equation programme that is considered essential in the process of Listeria safe dairy production.

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Montego Pet Nutrition maintains FSSC 22000 certification

By: Food Focus on 23 February 2018

Local premium pet food manufacturer, Montego Pet Nutrition, has maintained its FSSC 22000 certification, demonstrating the company’s commitment to food safety and delivering high-quality, world-class products to its local and international customers.

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Vital Health Foods issues precautionary product recall on Mini Corn Cakes and Mini Rice Cakes

By: Food Focus on 09 February 2018

Vital Health Foods has issued an immediate recall of its Mini Corn Cakes and Mini Rice Cakes as a precautionary measure following an investigation into two consumer complaints regarding metal fragments found within the products.

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CRC Industries acquires Q20 South Africa

By: Food Focus on 12 December 2017

CRC Industries Europe BVBA, a subsidiary of CRC Industries Inc, announces the acquisition of Q20 the South-African market leading multipurpose lubricant brand, a subsidiary of the Triton Gloria Investment Proprietary LTD.

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Increase in Cases of Listeria Meningitis in SA

By: Food Focus on 27 November 2017

The NICD, NHLS, private and public sector laboratories have noted an increase in cases of meningitis due to Listeria monocytogenes across South Africa over the last few months with over 365 cases documented this year to date.

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Progress Excellence achieves CQI and IRCA certification for FSMS Lead Auditor Course

By: Food Focus on 09 November 2017

Cape Town | Progress Excellence, a leading provider of food safety training in South Africa based in Ceres in the Western Cape, is pleased to announce that their Food Safety Management ISO22000:2005 Lead Auditor course, based on FSSC22000 achieved CQ

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Mérieux NutriSciences opens a new Microbiology Laboratory in George

By: Food Focus on 01 November 2017

Mérieux NutriSciences expands its offering in South Africa with the inauguration of new Microbiology Laboratory in George, Western Cape.

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A look at food security in general

By: Food Focus on 27 October 2017

The biggest challenge facing South Africa is to provide in the food needs of all its citizens on a daily basis. A large percentage of people are unemployed and living on or below the breadline.

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Department of agriculture to help farmers stop the spread of bird flu

By: Food Focus on 25 October 2017

Johannesburg – A total of 92 locations have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has confirmed.

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Media Statement | Outcomes of Minister Zokwana's meeting with the Poultry Industry

By: Food Focus on 22 August 2017

Minister Zokwana met with CEO’s and senior managers in the poultry industry in a closed meeting to find solutions and discuss mitigation strategies to the current Avian Influenza outbreak.

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Media Alert | Minister Zokwana to meet with Poultry Industry to Discuss the Avian Influenza Outbreaks

By: Food Focus on 18 August 2017

Minister Zokwana will on Monday afternoon 21 August 2017 meet with CEO’s from the poultry industry in a closed meeting to find solutions and discuss mitigation strategies for the current Avian Influenza outbreak that the country is facing.

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Update Report - HPAI H5N8 Outbreak in South Africa (DAFF)

By: Food Focus on 14 August 2017

On the 7th August 2017 another case of HPAI H5N8 was detected in a commercial layer farm in Mpumalanga Province in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality. Control measures were applied and all birds culled.The first cases of HPAI H5N8 in Ostriches were

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Suspension of the Director General, Mike Mlengana (DAFF)

By: Food Focus on 12 July 2017

Media Statement from DAFF: The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Mr. Senzeni Zokwana has placed his Director General, Mr Mike Mlengana on suspension with immediate effect pending internal investigations.

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Update on Avian Influenza H5N8 Outbreak in South Africa (DAFF)

By: Food Focus on 11 July 2017

The latest update on the avian influenza outbreak in South Africa: The HPAI H5N8 virus was confirmed in two further locations in South Africa, bringing the total of affected properties to four. The new locations involved commercial layer chickens on

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Steps to control bird flu

By: Food Focus on 30 June 2017

The government has introduced a raft of conditions on the trading of live chickens in an effort to contain the spread of avian influenza after an outbreak on two farms in Mpumalanga, where eggs were destroyed & about 260,000 chickens culled last week

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Live hen sales banned after avian flu detected at Mpumalanga farm

By: Food Focus on 26 June 2017

The sale of live hens has been banned in South Africa after avian flu was confirmed at a farm in Mpumalanga, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced on Saturday. 'We have placed a general ban on the sale of live hens across t

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Update on Avian Influenza confirmed in Mpumalanga (DAFF)

By: Food Focus on 26 June 2017

The affected farm has been quarantined and culling of the affected animals has been completed. The department is conducting forward and backward tracing to trace movement of all poultry in and out of the farm in order to establish the source of the I

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Avian influenza confirmed in Mpumalanga (DAFF)

By: Food Focus on 23 June 2017

Cases of avian influenza on a farm in Mpumalanga have been confirmed‚ the Department of Agriculture‚ Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) said on Thursday evening. This follows an outbreak of bird flu – as it is more commonly known - in Zimbabwe earlier thi

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Janusz Luterek voted one of the worlds Top 1000 Patent Attorneys

By: Bridget Day on 19 June 2017

Janusz Luterek, Pr.Eng of Hahn & Hahn IP and Technology Lawyers has been voted one of the worlds Top 1000 Patent Attorneys by the prestigious Intellectual Asset Management publication.

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Be prepared against WannaCry Ransomware

By: Bridget Day on 17 May 2017

May 2017 has seen the world's biggest cyberattack, affecting at least 150 countries and infecting over 300,000 machines in all types of industries. The food industry needs to be on alert too.

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GreenHome Builds a Community Centre from Hemp for Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen

By: Bridget Day on 28 April 2017

We encourage and support the use of sustainable raw materials wherever possible; whether it’s for making compostable food packaging or building homes. GreenHome is proud to have been the driving force behind the first township hemp building.”

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Interview with Radio 786

By: Bridget Day on 27 March 2017

For those of you who missed it, please find the transcript of our interview on Radio 786 on health & safety standards and legislation in the food industry, and consumer risk from pathogens such as #listeria and #salmonella in food facilities

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GFSI Kicks Off 16th Global Conference, Announces Its “G30” of Food Safety and More

By: Bridget Day on 01 March 2017

Houston, 28 February - The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) today held a press conference to launch the 16th Global Food Safety Conference, announce the release of a new edition of GFSI’s flagship Benchmarking Requirements and to share groundbrea

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FSSC 22000 launches Global Markets Program

By: Bridget Day on 16 February 2017

Breaking news: 16/2/2017 FSSC 22000 introduces the FSSC Global Markets Program, a new global program for small and medium sized food manufacturing organizations, focussed on assessing food safety systems at foundation or intermediate performance le

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LR acquires Acoura

By: Bridget Day on 20 December 2016

Lloyd’s Register (LR), the global engineering, technical and business services organisation, has acquired Acoura, the UK’s leading compliance and safety specialists for the food and drink industry, to strengthen the market-leading position of LRQA’s

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Chilled Food Association Newsletter

By: Bridget Day on 13 November 2016

In the latest issue we share news of our activities in lobbying for food safety and supply chain standards awareness, welcome a new member company, celebrate Chilled Education reaching thousands of teachers and students with new teacing resources, an

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ENTECOM enters into joint venture with TEMPO offering paperless Food Safety Management systems

By: Bridget Day on 10 November 2016

Press Release | ENTECOM enters into joint venture with TEMPO offering paperless Food Safety Management systems | Port Elizabeth, 2 November 2016

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