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'We're living hand to mouth' to supply rice, pasta to customers - Tiger Brands CEO

08 April 2020

A weaker rand is expected to place cost pressures on Tiger Brands, particularly when it comes to rice imports - while stricter hygiene and safety standards may result in delayed distribution of staple foods.

We need to monitor food security as closely as our health

06 April 2020

The inherent risk of neglecting our agricultural sector, as well as the formal and informal supply chains it sustains, is simply too ghastly to contemplate. An "Arab spring" uprising among hungry people must never be allowed to happen in South Africa, writes Dan Kriek.

The end of Gourmet Burger Kitchen

06 April 2020

Famous Brands has said it will no longer fund its loss-making Gourmet Burger Kitchen restaurants in the UK

EFSA assesses health risks of aflatoxins in food

31 March 2020

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a risk assessment on aflatoxins in food.

Coffee Grounds - making use of food waste during lockdown

30 March 2020

Making use of food waste during this time of lockdown is a great idea. Can you use coffee grounds in outside spaces? If so, how and where should we use them? Find out more.

'We have been flooded with calls': government on food delivery services during lockdown

27 March 2020

The department of tourism on Wednesday reiterated its stance on the operation of food delivery services saying they will be not be allowed to operate during the 21-day nationwide lockdown in the country.

Coronavirus lockdown in SA: These are the businesses that can operate

26 March 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a countrywide lockdown, part of which is that only certain categories of businesses can remain open.

Food wholesalers seek help over unwanted produce

27 March 2020

Trade group says £20m of meat, fruit and veg is lying in storage after restaurants closed

SA food security assured as virus closes global export markets

26 March 2020

Food producers will have to find alternative markets locally as the Covid-19 outbreak could put a damper on South Africa’s record harvest projections for the year, according to experts. But this also meant that South Africans should stop panicking about food security for now.

Covid-19 | 'It's unfair,' says restaurant industry as government imposes strict regulations

26 March 2020

The restaurant industry says it does not have a clear picture of what exactly the newly gazetted alcohol curfew by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic will entail for their operations.

Coronavirus: Boil water before drinking, says the Dept of Water and Sanitation

19 March 2020

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has urged people living in rural areas to boil water before drinking, cooking or cleaning.

Taste liquidates Domino’s in South Africa 770 jobs affected

18 March 2020

Taste Holdings has announced that it will be liquidating its food business in South Africa with immediate effect, following the group’s failure to sell the Domino’s licence in the country.

Coronavirus panic buying: Call for 'elderly hour' at major retailers

18 March 2020

Cape Town – A call has gone out to retail stores to institute an “elderly hour” for those vulnerable to the Covid-19 virus, as thousands of shoppers have raided shelves in a panic-buying splurge.

McDonald’s to scrap plastic in UK ‘Happy Meal’ toys

18 March 2020

McDonald’s pledged on Tuesday to end the use of plastic found in toys served with children’s “Happy Meals” in the UK and Ireland by the beginning of 2021.

Uber Eats offers free delivery hours in South Africa as coronavirus cases mount

18 March 2020

As South Africa continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic, food delivery service Uber Eats has announced that it will offer free lunchtime delivery on weekdays.

South Africa raises poultry-import tariffs, drawing U.S. ire

18 March 2020

By South Africa raised tariffs on poultry imports to help protect local producers who’ve sought measures to counter a flood of cheap shipments.

Hazardous chemicals in food packaging declared a ‘global health threat’

18 March 2020

Environmental and public health groups have declared a ‘global health threat’ following warnings that chemicals in single-use plastic and food packaging jeopardise human and planetary health.

Food manufacturers urged to mitigate coronavirus risks

18 March 2020

Food manufacturers have been urged to mitigate any risks with the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

No evidence of transmission of coronavirus through the consumption of chickens - SAPA

16 March 2020

The South African Poultry Association has noted with dismay the misleading messaging by the SABC Morning Live transmissions on the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) through the consumption of chicken and eggs.

New regulations aim to make work life safer and more comfortable for South African employees

18 March 2020

The Department of Labour has launched new ergonomic regulations which aim to prevent occupational diseases and injuries relating to ergonomic hazards in South African workplaces.

Fish stock plunder costing SA billions

11 March 2020

Africa loses more than R288bn a year to fisheries crime, according to Nelson Mandela University law professor Hennie van As. Van As, who is head of the university-based FishFORCE, Africa’s first fisheries law enforcement academy, said the global scourge was having catastrophic ef

‘World’s first’ multi-allergen reference kit developed

11 March 2020

The ‘world’s first’ multi-allergen reference material kit has been launched by the National Measurement Laboratory at Teddington-based LGC Group.

Latest confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

11 March 2020

The Minister of Health wishes to inform the public that 6 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. This takes the total number of coronavirus positive patients in South Africa to 13.

Fruit industry leaders demand uninterrupted power during critical picking season

11 March 2020

The Western Cape fruit industry contributes to rural development and transformation by creating in excess of 27 000 direct, on-farm jobs and a further 109 000 dependants who are impacted by the success of the industry. This, not to mention food security, is now at risk if the...

Rhodes wins contract to export pears to Walmart US

10 March 2020

Rhodes Food Group will be supplying Walmart US with three variations of canned pears, making it the second local supplier to be listed with Walmart US, as part of Massmart’s new export programme.

‘Forced sick leave’ and 3 other things South African employees should know about the Covid-19 coronavirus

11 March 2020

With the Department of Health confirming the first three cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in South Africa, employers and employees should be aware of the legal considerations when dealing with the virus.

Brands like Clorox, Netflix, and Campbell are benefiting from the coronavirus. Most companies aren’t.

10 March 2020

Reports about the consumerist boom brought on by the novel coronavirus are everywhere. But despite appearances, this could be really bad for business.

South African retail giants sign the first plastics pact in Africa

11 March 2020

The South African (SA) Plastic Pact, a collaborative platform aimed to tackle plastic waste and pollution has been launched developed by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-SA) in partnership with the South African Plastics Recycling Organisation (SAPRO) and the UK’s WRAP...

Food manufacturers urged to mitigate coronavirus risks

11 March 2020

Food manufacturers have been urged to mitigate any risks with the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Managing Food Safety During The Coronavirus

07 March 2020

As coronavirus cases grow retailers are wise to develop staffing plans in case consumer demand or employee availability drop.

FSA outlines controls for producers in raw milk guidance

07 March 2020

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has developed a guidance document for producers of raw drinking milk in England and Wales.The guidance has been produced in response to increasing sales and outbreaks related to unpasteurized milk...

Experts say coronavirus likely not spread by foodborne routes

05 March 2020

Public health officials and academics agree that the coronavirus poses little danger from a foodborne illness perspective, right now, but some are maintaining a slight level of vagueness about the situation.

From ketchup to pineapples: the food that should never be kept in a fridge

05 March 2020

Refrigerating food helps it last longer and reduces waste. But there are always exceptions to the rule …

FIRST CASE OF COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS REPORTED IN SA

05 March 2020


French outbreaks linked to shellfish closed 30 harvest sites

05 March 2020

More than 30 harvest sites were closed over a two month period in France as part of outbreaks linked to eating oysters, according to recently released data...

Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and Food Safety: A Time for Facts, Not Panic

21 February 2020

As you have likely heard, China is experiencing a serious outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus, designated 2019-nCoV. The outbreak was traced to Wuhan City, which is located in Hubei Province. Chinese public health officials report that...

Silani brand mozzarella balls recalled because of E. coli concerns

21 February 2020

Silani Sweet Cheese Ltd. has recalled mozzarella balls because they are potentially contaminated with E. coli.

Huge locust swarms raise fears of food shortages in South Sudan

21 February 2020

Huge locust swarms raise fears of food shortages in South Sudan UN warns 25 million people in east Africa region could be affected as wartorn country is beset by fresh wave of insects

Food prices are soaring in China because of the coronavirus and swine fever

21 February 2020

Hong Kong (CNN Business) - The coronavirus outbreak is driving up the cost of food — and almost everything else in China — adding to the pressure on household budgets.

Global food waste twice as high as previously estimated, study says

21 February 2020

Twice as much food as previously estimated -- or a third of all food available for human consumption -- is wasted, with people in wealthier countries wasting more, according to a recent study published in the journal PLOS One.

Debonairs says metal sheet found in customer's pizza was not dangerous

04 February 2020

South African-based fast food chain Debonairs on Monday admitted fault after a customer found a metal plate lodged inside her pizza, but they say it was not dangerous

China hit with pathogenic strain of bird flu

04 February 2020

A 'highly pathogenic strain' of H5N1 bird flu has been reported in China's Hunan province

Climate change linked to African locust invasion

30 January 2020

By June the locust population could grow by 500 times and move into Uganda and South Sudan, experts say.

Tiger Brands CEO to retire, CFO takes helm

30 January 2020

Tiger Brands CEO Lawrence Mac Dougall will retire on January 31, having reached the company’s mandatory retirement age of 63, South Africa‘s leading food producer said on Wednesday.

Fraud cuts food supplies

30 January 2020

Thousands of indigent people in the province are at risk of going hungry after the KZN Department of Social Development cut ties with a key supplier due to allegations of fraud.

Huge case of food poisoning hits rural school

29 January 2020

More than 250 pupils at Tutor Ndamase Senior Secondary School were rushed to St Barnabas Hospital in Libode, Eastern Cape, on Monday afternoon following a suspected case of food poisoning.

Appetite for 'warm meat' drives risk of disease in Hong Kong and China

27 January 2020

A wet market, where animals are freshly slaughtered rather than chilled was identified as the source of the coronavirus outbreak. But experts have long warned of dangers

Starbucks goals for sustainability will require significant consumer buy-in

24 January 2020

The Seattle-based coffee chain committed to three preliminary targets for 2030, including cutting by half its carbon emissions from direct operations and its supply chain, the waste it sends to landfills and water used in direct operations and coffee production.

Water quality questioned by food manufacturing plant

24 January 2020

Eskort Limited general manager Wynand Nel holds up a bottle containing water that was collected from the factory on Thursday.

Composite food wrap kills bacteria

23 January 2020

We've recently heard about a number of experimental antibacterial food-wrap films, that could replace conventional polyethylene. The latter does have some desirable qualities, though, so scientists have now developed a composite made from it.

Food safety analysis finds meat, poultry recalls remain 'sky-high'

22 January 2020

An analysis of food recalls issued in 2019 suggests that a gap between regulatory agencies may contribute to the number of contaminated foods still reaching consumers’ plates.

Live export: animals at risk in giant global industry

21 January 2020

More demand for meat sets nearly 2 billion farm animals on the move a year despite concerns about poor transport conditions and inhumane slaughter

Ministers call on municipalities to procure their own water tankers

21 January 2020

In a meeting last week, it was agreed that youths would be trained in disciplines that would empower them to assist local governments in reducing non-revenue water from malfunctioning infrastructure.

Nestlé creates market for food-grade recycled plastics

20 January 2020

Nestlé has announced that it will invest up to $3 billion to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

Water infrastructure upgrade announced

20 January 2020

Durban - EThekwini Municipality announced yesterday that its multimillion-rand water infrastructure upgrade would bring the long-standing water shortage woes of residents in oThongathi and the city’s western areas to an end.

Listeria tops hazards handled by INFOSAN in 4Q

17 January 2020

Salmonella has been knocked off the top spot by Listeria monocytogenes as the main hazard dealt with by an international food safety network.

New fluorescent tech can light up food packaging recycling rates

17 January 2020

Current sustainability objectives and the drive to a more effective circular economy have increased the demand for recycled materials in packaging, yet despite this the biggest hurdle to boosting the amount of recycled plastic for food packaging remains the poor quality of recycl

Nestlé to invest €1.68 billion in sustainable packaging

17 January 2020

Nestlé today announced that it will invest up to €1.68 billion to lead the shift from virgin plastics to food-grade recycled plastics and to accelerate the development of innovative sustainable packaging solutions.

2020 Consumer Packaged Goods Trends Driving Food And Beverage Innovation

16 January 2020

Oh, how complicated we humans are! In this era of natural, organic, clean, and whole food eating, we have somehow become enamored of all things fake. What does this say about us and the food we eat? Where to start?

Food security plan after Brexit: biggest shake up to farming in 40 years

16 January 2020

Bill requires regular monitoring of supplies and shift from CAP-style subsidies but no gate on lower quality imports

Blood tests, interviews to be conducted as 5 still critically ill after suspected poisoning in Cape Town

15 January 2020

Five of the six people thought to have ingested a substance which made them collapse in Wetton, Cape Town, are still in a critical condition, the City of Cape Town's health MMC Zahid Badroodien said on Tuesday.

What Food Poisoning Outbreaks Are Carrying Over From 2019?

15 January 2020

As we enter 2020, there are four multistate food poisoning outbreaks that have not ended, and may still grow. There were many outbreaks in 2019, sickening thousands of people, hospitalizing hundreds, and even killing some...

'They just started dropping' - Heroes tell of dramatic scramble after people collapse in Cape Town

14 January 2020

Cape Town's Sulailah Murphy was taking a short break outside the shop she and her husband own on Wetton Road in Ottery when people suddenly started collapsing on the pavement on Monday.

Massmart in talks to close some stores, could cut 1440 jobs.

14 January 2020

The company said on Monday it was in consultations with unions and other stakeholders to close up to 34 stores.

Court case to lift ban on auctions to be heard on Tuesday

15 January 2020

A court application filed by two auction companies, a co-operative, a commercial farmer and a group of 50 emerging farmers to lift the national ban on auctions will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on 14 January.

Taco Bell says it will make all its packaging recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2025

10 January 2020

As part of its 2020 commitments, Taco Bell says it will convert all consumer-facing packaging—that’s anything the customer comes into contact with when they order food, like the wraps around tacos or the physical box that holds the $5 Cravings Box items—to be either reusable, rec

'Toxic food' deaths: Municipality blames residents for dumping

09 January 2020

Residents of NU30 in Motherwell blamed the municipality for the dump site after the deaths at the weekend of Asive and Alizwa Rhwayibana and Alunamda and Zintle Mqawu. The dump site is about 100m from the children’s shacks...

Australian Salmonella outbreak grows; bush fires threaten food safety

09 January 2020

A total of 84 people in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) reported eating Core Powerfoods products before becoming sick.

Is overuse of antibiotics on farms worsening the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria?

09 January 2020

Public health officials investigating a drug-resistant salmonella outbreak in 2015 still don't know the exact source after a pork-industry lobbying group on behalf of the farmers prevented them from visiting farms that provided pigs to a contaminated slaughterhouse

Zimbabwe imports corn as catastrophic hunger looms

08 January 2020

Facing catastrophic hunger, Zimbabwe will import corn from Mexico, Ukraine and neighbouring South Africa to help feed as many as eight million of its citizens — over half the population — after drought withered crops last year and threatens to do the same in 2020...

A hole in the can may provide better canned food

08 January 2020

Canning is a sustainable way of storing food, but the method requires a lot of energy and water and can affect food quality. A newly developed can with a different shape may be the solution that makes canned food of the future more attractive.

How a Change to Food Inspectors’ Schedules Can Make Our Food Safer

08 January 2020

Yes, they try to be objective. But seemingly small quirks in their schedules can affect their judgement.

Serialisation the future of food industry traceability

07 January 2020

Serialised box tracking has been standard practice in the beef and poultry industries for a long time – and the entire food space may follow suit if serialised tracking becomes a mandatory requirement. Simon Noakes, SMB Director at Columbus UK, explains the benefits of serialisat

FairPlay calls for chicken imports from Brazil to be banned

07 January 2020

FairPlay South Africa (FairPlay) has called on government to urgently impose a total ban on imports of chicken products from Brazil.A statement by FairPlay explained that this was motivated by...

Food safety alert for romaine lettuce continues into new year

08 January 2020

It’s a food safety alert you may have forgotten about that has sent dozens of people to the hospital, including in Illinois.The Center For Disease Control is still warning people not to buy or eat romaine lettuce grown in Salinas, California because it could have E. Coli...

Australian bushfires: Food safety and produce shortages additional concerns as blazes rage

06 January 2020

The deadly bushfires raging across Australia are also posing serious food safety risks, officials have warned, while damaged transport links are also likely to lead to shortages of some fresh produce...

We tested baby food sugar levels in South Africa. This is what we found

06 January 2020

South Africa has the highest rates of childhood obesity in the world, with an alarming figure of 13%. The global average stands at 6%. One of the main causes of South Africa’s rate is the rapid growth of the country’s commercial food industry. This has led to increased consumptio

Weighing up the costs of treating ‘lifestyle’ diseases in South Africa

06 January 2020

Economic growth, accompanied by a fall in infectious diseases over the past two decades, has changed the profile of the biggest threats to the health of people living in low and middle-income countries...

Cape Hake fillet with baby marrow salad

23 December 2019

Looking for a sustainable menu item this Christmas? Try these Cape Hake fillets with baby marrow salad

Cape Hake medallions with red pesto topping

23 December 2019

Looking for a sustainable menu item this Christmas? Try these Cape Hake medallions with red pesto topping

Cape Hake prime steaks with macadamia crust

23 December 2019

Looking for a sustainable menu item this Christmas? Try these Cape Hake prime steaks with macadamia crust

The heart-warming message behind Pick n Pay’s Christmas advert

20 December 2019

Pick n Pay just released its 2019 Christmas advert, ‘Give’ – a heart-warming film encouraging South Africans to embrace a spirit of generosity this festive season by giving a little of themselves. A message of kindness, so needed in the world today, and a touching reminder that a

Hero hake this holiday: 3 refreshingly simple Cape Hake recipes for a sustainable Christmas table

20 December 2019

Be a ‘hake hero’ this holiday by cooking with MSC certified sustainable Cape Hake from the South African hake trawl fishery - now in its 15th year of MSC certified sustainable operation. By choosing Cape Hake products with the MSC blue fish label, you're helping to protect oceans

Preparing for safe travels this festive season

13 December 2019

Johannesburg, 10th December 2019: According to the Automobile Association (AA) of South Africa over 135 000 people have lost their lives in road accidents over the past decade. This has been declared ‘a national crisis’ by the AA and comes at a time when road safety is a challeng

Cadbury owner donates thousands of chocolates to food charity

09 January 2020

Mondelēz International, owner of the Cadbury brand and one of the UK’s largest food manufacturers, has donated over 150,000 products, including Cadbury Heroes, Cadbury Dairy Milk and Oreos to FareShare, the country’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste.

Pick n Pay trials 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone in Cape Town

09 January 2020

Pick n Pay is piloting a new 'pick and weigh' packaging-free zone that allows customers to purchase a wide range of products without any packaging. This trial is currently underway at the newly revamped Pick n Pay Constantia store in Cape Town.

Ford is recycling McDonald’s coffee waste into car parts

11 December 2019

Diverting coffee chaff from a landfill to a laboratory

Bonaqua launches SA’s first water bottle made entirely out of recycled plastic

11 December 2019

This is a first for the South African market and forms part of The Coca-Cola Company’s ambitious global goal to create a world without waste. Today, the Coca-Cola Company launches a water bottle made entirely from recycled plastic (100% rPET).

Romer Expands Food Allergen Testing with Mollusk Test Kit

09 December 2019

ELISA kit can test for traces of the allergen in foodstuffs, drinks, rinse waters and samples taken from surface swabs.

Food Safety and Quality: Soon in the Hands of “Gen Z”

09 December 2019

On October 21, 2019, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Food Policy and Response Frank Yiannas and his team met with industry leaders to discuss what the agency refers to as a New Era of Smarter Food Safety. One of the first panelists to talk that day was...

Uber rival plans to launch Bolt Food delivery service

05 December 2019

Uber Technologies rival Bolt — formerly known as Taxify — said on Wednesday that it has doubled its South African footprint in the past year, launching ride-hailing services in 34 secondary towns and cities in all nine provinces.

Inspecting wet and conductive products remains a challenge for meat processors

06 December 2019

Inspecting wet and conductive products remains a challenge for meat and poultry processors, according to Fortress Technology.

Your next food delivery could come from a South African ‘ghost kitchen’

05 December 2019

Also called 'dark', 'virtual' or 'cloud' kitchens, they are shared cooking spaces that serve as hubs for online deliveries. Different brands prepare their food in the same space, which are then sent out as ordered. The kitchens don't offer a dine-in option.

Burger King South Africa owner looking to sell majority stake

05 December 2019

Grand Parade Investments (GPI) is in talks to offload a majority stake in Burger King South Africa. In an interview with BusinessDay, GPI founder and chair Hassen Adam said that the proposed sale would reduce the group’s stake in Burger King from 96% to “a non-operational minorit

Zimbabwe facing ‘man-made’ starvation, UN expert warns

03 December 2019

Zimbabwe is facing “man-made” starvation with 60 percent of the people failing to meet basic food needs, a UN special envoy said Thursday after touring the southern African country.

To Protect Food Quality, Start With the Data

03 December 2019

Grocers are at the sharp end of the food chain, so FDA’s New Era of Smarter Food Safety initiative will have a big impact on them.

South Africa’s Agriculture Minister Rejects Monsato’s GM Maize Seed

03 December 2019

Amidst the clamor that surrounds Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) globally, a small but significant triumph panned out in South Africa last month...

Hotels Experiment With Reducing Food Waste: Will All-You-Can-Eat Buffets Be History?

03 December 2019

Hotels are known for wanting to please their guests, and feeding them is one way of doing it. But food waste deteriorates the environment. Hotels are making an effort to cut down on it. So they are earning praise for trying, but they have a long way to go...

Aussie households underestimating their food waste

03 December 2019

Fight Food Waste CRC has released the Food Waste: National Benchmarking Study Summary Report, a comprehensive survey that benchmarks the household behaviours and motivations towards food waste in Australia.

Tiger Brands investing R100m in emerging farmers

02 December 2019

Tiger Brands has invested R40m for emerging farmers, and in two years that will have soared to more than R100m, its chief corporate affairs and sustainability officer, Mary-Jane Morifi, said.

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