Starting a new food business

You want to start a new food business... but what comes first? We can help guide you through the process and show you the legislation you need to comply, best practices and guidance to ensure that you protect your customer's health while growing a sustainable business. Below are a number of useful articles that can help you. We recommend you start at the bottom and work your way up to the newest article. Contact info@foodfocus.co.za if you have any queries.

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What's new in the hygiene regulations R638

By Linda Jackson on 14 October 2019

Updated | Finally the new requirements for REGULATIONS GOVERNING GENERAL HYGIENE REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD PREMISES, THE TRANSPORT OF FOOD AND RELATED MATTERS, a regulation under the FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT, (ACT NO. 54 OF 1

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10 Documents You Need When Applying for a Certificate of Acceptability

By Adele Krogh on 26 July 2019

Here are some of the examples of supporting documentation which the EHP might require from you when applying for a Certificate of Acceptability. It's better to be prepared!

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Training – please step forward if you are the person in charge!

By Linda Jackson on 01 August 2018

The new R638 has brand new and fairly onerous requirements related to training. (I have to own up and admit that I lobbied for these changes several years ago in an attempt to improve the status of food safety training in the country.)

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THE NEW R638 | INFOGRAPHIC

By Linda Jackson on 31 July 2018

The hygiene regulations R638 are here! Here's an overview of what the new regulations hold.

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R638 REGULATIONS GOVERNING GENERAL HYGIENE REQUIREMENTS FOR FOOD PREMISES, THE TRANSPORT OF FOOD AND RELATED MATTERS

By Food Focus on 27 June 2018

R638 (Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises, the Transport of Food and Related Matters) has now been gazetted. This replaced R962.

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Food truck do’s and dont's

By Guest Author on 16 March 2018

In today’s uncertain times, many households are looking for a second income and very often the sale of food items may seem to be an easy way of making extra cash. But before you dive into this project, it is best to do your research and edu

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Starting a food business in South Africa-Part 1

By Linda Jackson on 15 March 2018

You have a great recipe for rusks, you want to sell at the local flea market or perhaps you would like to become a home chef? Whatever your food business may be, our two part article explain the process into 10 actionable steps for you.

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Starting a food business in South Africa - Part 2

By Linda Jackson on 15 March 2018

You have a great recipe for rusks, you want to sell at the local flea market or perhaps you would like to become a home chef? Whatever your food business may be, our two part article explain the process into 10 actionable steps for you. Th

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How do I get a Certificate of Acceptability - COA?

By Linda Jackson on 30 October 2017

So, you want to start a food business? A business licence is generally required for businesses that need to comply with health and safety regulations. Here are some guideline for obtaining your COA.

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Small supplier special Getting to grips with the CGCSA-GFSI Global markets programme

By Linda Jackson on 21 June 2017

The Global Markets Programme, an initiative of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), is a capacity building programme specifically designed for small and/or less developed businesses. This programme was also adopted by the CGCSA in coll

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