Food Focus Newsletter 5 of 2023

By: Food Focus on 17 March 2023

Food Focus Newsletter 5 of 2023

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Human Rights Day will be celebrated next week, and while there are many human rights issues that we face locally and globally, the right to food (and safe food at that) should not be one that we need to fight for. Yet it remains unrealised for many people in our country, particularly those who are vulnerable and/or exposed to unsafe food.

The food industry carries more of a responsibility than many other sectors, as the products we make have the ability to either nurture life and health, or to take it away.

Let's be mindful of that as we carry out our daily tasks, no matter what role we have in the company, as ALL activities within a food facility contribute towards achieving safer food.

Browsing Testo products is now easier than ever before with their new online shop.

Hahn & Hahn Discuss the new Labelling Regulations

Still no news from the Department of Health on the updates needed to the Draft Food Labelling Regulations, so we need to continue preparing comments against the current draft in circulation if we are to meet the 30 April deadline for submission.

Did you miss our recent webinar with the food law experts from Hahn & Hahn Attorneys? With substantial changes to this 200+ page regulation, there is a lot of content covered in the recording, so make sure to listen and see how your products are affected.

Remember to submit your comments before 30 April 2023 for attention to:
The Director – Food Control 
What's Happening: Industry Events
The complexities facing the dairy industry, the power of relationships, and diverging interests among government departments, dairy processors, distributors, and food retailers, are often the cause of over-regulation. 

How can we, as stakeholders within the dairy industry navigate through the processes of regulation in a multi-dimensional, fragmented regulatory environment such as this?

Make sure you register and find out the answers!
2023 Food Safety Summit SA


Listen to Episode 1 of our podcast with Lucia Anelich PhD of Anelich Consulting and Bridget Day of Food Focus, the co-organisers of the 2023 Food Safety Summit.

In this episode, they briefly look at the role of PRP's and HACCP plans, when a hazard is and isn't a risk, and why industry needs to ensure they are not overlooking the importance of food safety fundamentals when it comes to managing food safety risks.

Listen on Spotify
We've got loads of great articles and commentary for you in this month's edition, ranging from new innovation in the processing of fish, food & bev flavours for 2023 to a host of practical articles on the packaging of your product, including food contact packaging, the chemicals in your food packaging, choosing the right food packaging closures and energy saving choices in packaging.
Check out some of the great courses being featured on our Foodemy Website this month!
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!
Technical News
The 6 March was National Frozen Food Day, so we thought it was a good time to share some details of the Chilled Food Association, one of the most valuable resources for our industry when it comes to chilled foods and managing the associated risks.

CFA Best Practice Guidelines for the Production
of Chilled Foods – 4th edition (The CFA Guidelines)

The Chilled Food Association is a great resource when it comes to best practices and guidance for the production of chilled foods.  Their Guideline is in line with EU food hygiene legislation, providing fundamental principles for the design of safe manufacturing operations. It illustrates good practices to help manufacturers demonstrate that hazards have been controlled and document that risks have been assessed.

The Guidelines include information on main hazards, control measures, HACCP systems, shelf life assessment, a decision tree for minimum hygiene status, regulatory requirements, traceability and product recall.  They take an integrated approach based on HACCP with information on the principles of food safety, pathogen characteristics and hurdles.
Visit the CFA Website

In the Food Focus Directory...

One Licensing Compliance Services

Local council submissions and approvals. Environmental Health (Certificate of Acceptability), Fire Safety, Business License, Building Plans, Occupation Certificates, Town Planning Issues & Liquor Licenses. View more...

Narain's Consulting

This is a L1 BEE Consultancy service, independently run by a professional with over 26yrs operational experience and a lead auditor (FSSC 22000 and BRC) in the FMCG sector, across Low, Medium and High Risk product categories and offers Training, Quality Systems implementation, Audit Readiness, Internal System Audits, Regulatory Compliance and Food Safety measures. Categories include: Bottling, Canning, Dry Goods, Sauces, Baby Foods, Fresh and Frozen Meats and Vegetables. View more...

These are just two of the useful service providers listed in our Directory.  If YOU are a consultant and you haven't yet listed your services, what are you waiting for?


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