Food Focus Newsletter 17 of 2023

By: Food Focus on 15 September 2023

Food Focus Newsletter 17 of 2023


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UP study raises concerns over listeria monocytogenes 
findings at abattoirs and retailers

Once again, Listeria hits the headlines!  Red flags are being raised thanks to research done by the University of Pretoria. Their research determined that a number of chilled carcasses sampled at abattoirs in one of the provinces were contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.  Even more concerning were the findings of the pathogen in beef and beef products sampled in retail outlets in North West, Mpumalanga, and Gauteng, including ready-to-eat items.

The University is calling on government and industry stakeholders to act on these findings and introduce strict control and monitoring measures at the appropriate stages in the beef production system. Read the full article here

Fry's wins plant based labelling appeal

Plant-based food brand, Fry Family Foods, has won their appeal against the Food Safety Agency (FSA) and the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF).  Fry’s lodged the appeal last year in objection to a direction issued by the FSA on 5th July 2022 that declared the naming and labelling of six of Fry’s products in contravention of Regulation R1283 (the Processed Meat Regulations).  

Read all about it here

Sustainability in the dairy industry

By Izak Hofmeyr, Plaas Media

The sustainability of the dairy industry will increasingly be tested based on the extent to which the elements of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development are met. 

To this end, Milk SA publishes a report every six months which focuses on four specific aspects of sustainability in the local dairy industry.

Find out more about the report and its Sustainability Goals here
Looking for new thermometers, oil testers and other monitoring equipment? Testo has you covered.

What's Coming Next Week?

On 19 September, the Consumer Education Project (CEP) of Milk SA will host a webinar about the dairy matrix concept. They will highlight the health aspects of dairy by unpacking how the dairy matrix applies in milk, yoghurt, maas and cheese.

You can be an ambassador for dairy - come learn how you can use the concept of the dairy matrix as the tool to position dairy as a healthy and nutritious food that outcompetes any dairy imitation product. Reminding consumers and stakeholders of the nutritional benefits of dairy is critical to the industry’s sustained relevance in today’s markets.


Missed our webinar on the certification process for detergents & disinfectants fit for use in the dairy industry?

The September Edition of Food & Beverage Reporter is now out!
In this edition: heritage brands such as Rainbow Chicken, now 60 years strong; iconic African flavours trending in the beverage sector; strategies for the reduction of food loss and waste; sugar reduction options; food safety testing; blister packs and clamshells; inspection systems and much more
Read it all now
Shandry Tebele Wins AOAC/ Eurofins Foundation Award
AOAC Africa Section‘s Shandry Mmatsetshaba Tebele, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UCT, has been recognised on a global scale with the AOAC / EUROFINS “Testing for Life“ award. Read more
School feeding programme
Not only is Oceana supporting this school with a feeding scheme, but it has donated a fully equipped, containerised kitchen; a spacious dining area with tables and chairs. It has also provided fully accredited training to community volunteers to prepare the meals. Read more 

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