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Road map to legislation affecting the food industry in South Africa - Updated

14 January 2021

Food legislation in South Africa is a little messy. This article provides an overview structure of the departments involved and the scope of their work. We also address the other elements of compliance including corporate social responsibility, corporate governance and

Amendment to Regulations governing the Maximum Limits for Pesticide Residues

17 February 2020

The Department of Health has published the amended Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs in Notice 119 in Government Gazette 43008.

New SANS 10330 approved for publication.

05 February 2020

Please note that the SANS 10330 Requirements for a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system has been approved for publication

Rice Regulations Final Draft: Request for comments

03 December 2019

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has circulated the final draft of Rice Regulation through the WTO Notification system for comments from the member states.

Media Release on Foot-And-Mouth Disease: Update

29 November 2019

In summary: On 1 November 2019, veterinary services were alerted to clinical signs suspicious for Foot-and Mouth disease (FMD) in a herd of cattle on a farm in the Molemole local municipality of the Capricorn district, Limpopo...

Draft regulations for Fruit and Vegetable Juice products

15 November 2019

1st Draft regulations for Fruit and Vegetable Juice products is available for comment. DUE DATE is 18 November 2019

Request for comments: Proposed Regulations for Coffee, Chicory and related products

14 November 2019

The Department would like to further request comments or inputs relating to the 2nd draft regulation for coffee, chicory and related products. DUE DATE is Friday, 22 November 2019

Request for comments: Proposed Regulations for Tea and Related Products

13 November 2019

The Department would like to further request comments or inputs relating to the 2nd draft regulation for tea and related products. DUE DATE: Friday, 22 November 2019

R1510 Final draft Regulations for Eggs

11 November 2019

Please access the final draft amendment regulations with the changes introduced highlighted in blue.

Implementation of the Processed Meat Compulsory Specification

30 September 2019

A Compulsory Specification for Processed Meat Products VC 9100 was published by the Minister of Trade and Industry as per Government Gazette No.42628 Notice No. 1058 of 08 August 2019. This Compulsory Specification is effective from 8 October 2019.

Codex HACCP - The foundation of food safety is being shaken

21 August 2019

In the world of food safety where there is a plethora of standards, we have become accustomed to changes. New legislation, new audit requirements, changes to the GFSI benchmarked standard, changes to FSSC and ISO 22000. But through all the turmoil of change, one thing has remaine

Draft Rice Regulations for Comment

09 May 2019

Draft Regulations Relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking Rice Intended for Sale in The Republic of South Africa - invitation for comments, due 25 May 2019.

Three brand new South African standards you must have! Hot off the press

24 April 2019

Three brand new South African standards you must have! Hot off the press

Regulations Relating To Edible Fats And Oils - Repealed

10 April 2019

Regulations Relating To Edible Fats And Oils have been repealed as at 05 APRIL 2019

APS Act Dispensations - What, Why, How and Legalities

29 January 2019

On 29 January 2019 the dispensation in respect of R 260 was rescinded with an ominous statement:.. Janusz Luterek looks at the implications of this situation and the law surrounding dispensations.

Industry dispensation - Various changes to R.260

28 January 2019

Herewith please find an industry dispensation dated 23 January 2019 issued by DAFF: Directorate Food Safety and Quality Assurance.


26 October 2018

These are the regulations that define the composition of COOKED meat products such as hams and polony.

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SANS 885:2011 - South African National Standard for Processed Meat Products

28 May 2018

Looking for the standard relating to processed meat products? That would be SANS 885:2011 Edition 3.

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Invitation for comment on the proposed tariffs for dairy product inspections - Notice No. 1455 of 2017

28 December 2017

Nejahmogul Technologies & Agric Services, invite comments on the proposed APS tariffs for dairy products inspections from all affected stakeholders. Comments should reach them by no later than 15 days from the date of publication of this notice.

SARS to collect for sugar tax (SBL) from 1 April 2018

18 December 2017

PRETORIA, Friday, 15 December 2017 — The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will collect the Sugary Beverages Levy (SBL) as from 1 April 2018.

Legal Updates November 2017

06 December 2017

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

R214 Regulations Relating to the Reduction of Sodium in Certain Foodstuffs and Related Matters Updated 31 May 2019

06 November 2017

The Regulations relating to the Reduction of Sodium in Certain Foodstuffs and Related Matters, No 1071 of 6 October 2017

Legal Updates October 2017

06 November 2017

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

Draft standards for public enquiry - SANS 10049

17 October 2017

SANS 10049 (SABS 049) (2017-10-10) SANS 10049 - the long awaited revision is now available as a draft standard for public comment. Please comment - we need a national standard that will work!!!

Draft standards for public enquiry - SANS 10330

17 October 2017

SANS 10330 (SABS 0330) (2017-10-10) Requirements for a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system - this standard is also available for comment until 8 December 2017

Hot off the government printing presses!

17 October 2017

So what's happening on the food front? Well, foodstuffs have featured again in parliament in the last few months with some new regulations and proposed changes coming under the pen of Minister Motsoaledi -including sodium, antibiotics and pesticides!

APS inspections– now a reality, whether we like it or not!

12 July 2017

Late last year the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) announced the designation of the first two assignees for local and import inspections pertaining to fresh produce, grain and its related products. According to DAFF...

Enforcement of the Agricultural Product Standards Act

17 May 2017

So how do you know the grade of the apple you are munching on? Or the steak you enjoyed last night? Did you pay a fair price for the quality of the product you were sold? Well, that’s how the Agricultural Product standards Act protects you as a consumer.

South Africa's sugar tax: a bold move, and the right thing to do

21 April 2017

South Africa’s planned sugar tax has come under severe scrutiny from its parliamentarians. The questions they’re grappling with are whether the country needs a tax and how effective it will be.

Regulation 1091 of 19 November 2010 SUMMARY March 2011

03 April 2017

This piece of legislation is relevant to the labelling and advertising of both pre-packaged and non-prepackaged or bulk stock foods. All information required by the regulations has to be kept on file for inspection within 2 days.

Legal pain points you should take note of in 2017

06 March 2017

We caught up with our favourite globe-trotting, flowing-locked lawyer-cum-engineer, Janusz Luterek from Hahn and Hahn, to find out his perspectives on the legal challenges you are likely to face this year in the food industry.

Managing your compliance records according to legislation

01 February 2017

Have you ever wondered how long your need to keep your compliance records? We have put together some guidelines according to legislation - so make sure you tick the boxes!

R1425 and R1426 New regulation for food additives

08 December 2016

On 17 November 2016, the Minister of Health promulgated a new regulation for food additives. R1425 under FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT, 1972 (ACT NO. 54 OF 1972) is the new REGULATIONS RELATING TO MISCELLANEOUS ADDITIVES IN FOODSTUFFS

Mushroom Legislation

16 November 2016

Discover the legislation that related to mushroom growing, canning, slicing, packing and exporting in South Africa.

By the by: How to access local by-laws

04 November 2016

Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Well that’s all well and good if you can find the law! This is definitely the case for municipal by-laws. We have packed a list of links together to assist you find them.

Poisonous Packaging: Food Legislation that’s been around since 1929

04 November 2016

What does the law say about your packaging? I get asked the question a lot. So we went to look for you.

Rendering Facilities - there’s legislation for cleaning the back end?

04 November 2016

Most rendering plants are considered the orphan of the abattoir – a place where angels fear to tread. During a recent HACCP audit in one such facility, I was surprised to discover a very comprehensive regulation dealing specifically with this often-forgotten department. Even if y