Food Focus Newsletter 4 of 2023

By: Food Focus on 28 February 2023

Food Focus Newsletter 4 of 2023

February has flown past - and just like that we are into the third month of 2023!
 Take note that comments for the new Labelling Regulations need to be submitted by the 30th April 2023, so make sure to review and provide your feedback by then.
PS: You may have heard that there are errors in these Draft Regulations and that the Department may be issuing a new draft, but general consensus seems to be to continue reviewing the draft, until we hear differently from the authorities.
Wondering how the R. 2986 labelling regulations
will impact your product label?
The FACTS regulatory team have thoroughly reviewed the new draft labelling regulations, so that they can share with you what impact they will have on your food product labelling process.

Their experienced team, with expert guest speaker Janusz Luterek of Hahn & Hahn Attorneys, will host a full-day workshop where they will work through the draft regulations together – assisting you and your company to get to grips with the content, and making it easier for you to formulate your own comments within the allocated time period.

They will go through a side-by-side comparison of the current regulations and the proposed changes; you will be able to type up your comments and queries on our practical comment sheet while they speak.

Download the draft regulations, and register for this online workshop on 15 March 2023 – save the date!
Remember to submit your comments before 30 April 2023 for attention to:
The Director – Food Control 
A Closer Look at the Food & Beverage
Industry this Season

The journey our food takes from the farmers and agricultural producers to the local shop's shelf is complex and filled with numerous challenges. Out sector has faced a series of fairly new challenges due to varying stages of load shedding crippling the country.  SYSPRO looks at the challenges and offers some guidance on navigating these challenges. Read more...

Food Safety Culture starts with your people... they are your greatest resource and your food safety champions.

If you haven't already started to figure out what food safety culture in your organisation looks like,  then let 2023 be the year that you do!

At the Summit this year we will be focusing on food safety culture in different settings, and how to embed this into your organisation in practical ways.
The annual SASDT Symposium will soon be in full swing at the beautiful Fordoun Hotel in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The Symposium aims to:
  • be informative, challenging and raise the industry profile,
  • showcase national and global innovative dairy practices and science,
  • be open to all dairy participants who want to exchange ideas and network, and
  • be a gathering where participants can be stimulated by fresh and innovative ideas.
Please register for the event on 17 and 18 April to make use of the opportunity to meet and interact with the key role-players in the dairy industry.
Our April Magazine Features include:
  • Improving efficiencies in the meat sector
  • Water Management
  • Healthy indulgence - in snacks and confectionery
  • Hot Stuff - in spices and seasonings
  • Measuring and Monitoring
  • Dairy and predictive modelling
Our Packaging and Processing features include:
  • Flexible packaging
  • Refrigeration
  • Pallets and sustainability
  • Bio-based packaging materials
  • UV Technology
This month we welcome FoodBev International Consulting to the platform. Their team comprises of staff and consultants who are Food Scientists, Food Technologists, Quality, Safety, Environment and Agribusiness, and Agricultural (crop and livestock) Specialists with a wealth of experience and a shared purpose to empower and improve the food industry in Africa. 
If you are a training course provider, make sure to list your company and courses on our food training hub - it's free to list!

Leading edible oil producer, Willowton Group, has reached out to the Green Hill Primary School in Northdale, Pietermaritzburg, to refurbish the school which has become a safety hazard for learners. ...Read more 

SA Harvest’s Ali Conn has been awarded the prestigious accolade of being among Africa’s 100 Brightest Young Minds, in an initiative endorsed and supported by the African contingent of the World Food Programme (WFP), a United Nations (UN) initiative... Read more 

This year, the central theme for World Day of Social Justice is ‘overcoming barriers and unleashing opportunities for social justice’. ProVeg explores four reasons why adopting a plant-based diet can be a powerful opportunity to promote justice ...Read more 

The number of children consuming vegetables on a daily basis in 342 schools in at-risk communities in Gauteng, EC and WC has increased by 494% thanks to the Health in Action (HIA) programme by non-governmental organisation...Read more 

As the franchise sector suffers more debilitating losses because of the load-shedding crisis, The Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) urges government to take urgent action to resolve the energy crisis and bring national security under control ...Read more 


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