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4 Steps to Food Safety

By Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on 05 November 2019

Did you know that 1 in 6 Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year alone? Food poisoning not only sends 128,000 Americans to the hospital each year—it can also have long-term health consequences. Following the four simple steps - clean, separate, cook and, chill - bel

Transporting your food - the dangers lurking in your lunch box

By Linda Jackson on 14 October 2019

Sitting in the aisle seat means you have a great view of what people are bringing onboard a plane... and it's surprising to see the number of cooler bags containing food!

Cold Food Storage Chart

By Food Focus on 03 September 2019

In the absence of South African guidelines on this topic, we can adhere to the Foodsafety.gov guidelines below for storing food in the refrigerator and freezer.

How 26 Percent of Participants Transferred Bacteria from Raw Chicken to Their Salads

By Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on 30 August 2019

The debate on whether or not to wash raw poultry is a fierce one, but until recently it was not a debate backed by science. A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) further demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash

World Consumer Rights Day - 15 March 2019

By Food Focus on 15 March 2019

World Consumer Rights Day - 15 March 2019 - Trusted Smart Products

Precautionary Food Safety Alert

By Food Focus on 16 November 2018

Deli Spices have issued a precautionary food safety alert following the hijacking of a logistics truck carrying curing salt packs, which are harmful if not used correctly.

The dangers of a raw food pet diet - for you and for them

By Linda Jackson on 29 June 2018

Raw food pet diets are becoming an increasing trend, but their health claims are unsubstantiated say veterinary professionals, and may even be harmful. A recent chat with a vet shone a whole new light on the dangers of feeding raw food to your pets - both for you and for them.

Plastic Is Killing our Oceans the Issues, Facts, and Possible Solutions

By Wendy Lipscomb on 28 June 2018

Approximately 40% of the world’s 7.6 billion people live within 62 miles (100km) of an ocean coast. For the other 60%, some of whom may never have even seen an ocean, the seas still play a vital role in their lives. Most importantly, the ocean is vital to the food chain.

Research Check: can tea towels cause food poisoning?

By The Conversation on 15 June 2018

Aside from being up to the task of drying our dishes, we don’t usually give the humble tea towel much thought. But now it’s being blamed for causing food poisoning

Food safety: are the sniff test, the five-second rule and rare burgers safe?

By The Conversation on 16 May 2018

There are many rules in food safety lore, some that have a basis in fact, and some that are purely grounded in convenience. But it’s important to look at the evidence to see which category common rules fall under.

How to keep Listeria out of your Refrigerator

By Bridget Day on 03 March 2018

You think you may have had products in your fridge which may have been be contaminated with listeria? So now what should you do? Here are some tips.

Listeria information for parents, teachers & preschools

By Linda Jackson on 22 January 2018

With back to school in full swing and the listeriosis outbreak still continuing, there is a lot of misinformation out there that can spread panic. So here is some practical information to help parents, teachers and preschools.

Safer food for those with HIV

By Bridget Day on 01 December 2017

On World AIDS Day it's useful to revisit the Department of Health's food safety guidelines for people with compromised immune systems, such those with HIV

Spike in Listeria infections in South Africa - why it matters

By The Conversation on 07 November 2017

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has received reports of a marked increase in the number of cases in South Africa in the last few months, mostly in Gauteng. The stats are now sitting at 190 confirmed cases across the country this year.

What is SASSI and why should you care?

By Linda Jackson on 27 October 2017

According to the World Wildlife Fund, in South Africa, many linefish species are overexploited or have collapsed. Often significant amounts of bycatch are caught and thrown back. Some survive, but many don’t. SASSI exists to inform and educate all participants in the seafood trad

Challenging consumer decisions on sustainability

By Mallen Baker on 18 September 2017

Whenever restrictions on certain harmful types of products have been proposed, the mantra has been that consumers must be offered choice. When customers choose in large numbers to consume more sustainably, then things will change.

What are you doing with your 67 minutes?

By Bridget Day on 14 July 2017

On the 18th July we celebrate Nelson Mandela Day – which is one of the most wonderful days of to year to be a South African. It is a time when we all unite together with one cause, and celebrate the legacy of Tata Madiba with actions not just words.

Why banning laptops from airplane cabins doesn't make sense

By The Conversation on 29 June 2017

Recent reports suggest that terrorists can now create bombs so thin that they cannot be detected by the current X-ray screening that our carry-on bags undergo, so the U.S is considering banning laptops and other large electronic devices in the passenger cabins. But will this red

Consumers, not supermarkets, need empowering to tackle the food waste crisis

By New Food Magazine on 26 June 2017

Consumers, not supermarkets, need empowering to tackle the food waste crisis, or so say expert psychologists. A new trans-national research study has set out the key psychological drivers that lead to consumers wasting food.

Food Facts Friday

By Bridget Day on 21 April 2017

There's more to food than risk and compliance - there are some really amazing facts that we would like to share with you. We hope you enjoy discovering some fun food facts as much as we have!

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

By The Conversation on 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.

Dark chocolate is a brain booster

By Kees Beyers Chocolates on 12 April 2017

We have great news – eat chocolate, it’s not only good for your soul but also your body, especially your brain. Recent studies have found that by eating dark chocolate every day, you can improve your brain’s cognitive functionality. But you still need to be mindful of ...

How to be a water-saving superhero

By Bridget Day on 22 March 2017

97% of the world’s water supply contained in the oceans leaving only 3% fresh water available for consumption and use. Today is World Water Day, so here are some more interesting (and concerning) facts about water

What's the big deal with raw milk?

By Linda Jackson on 21 March 2017

How can a substance so innocent and white cause such a heated debate? “Raw” milk (insert scary sound effects here) is a hotly debated topic between food producers, consumers and the government. So here are some basic facts about raw milk – straight from the cow.