How to pick your fruit and regulate it too

Amid the hype of R.638 being published on 22 June 2018, a new Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) regulation was also born. In case you haven’t yet had a chance to meet, let us introduce you: Regulations Relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking of Fresh Fruits Intended for Sale in the Republic of South Africa. Nickname? R.631/2018.

Now, we can hear your thoughts: “Oh no – do I have to comply with this?”

The regulation defines ‘fresh fruit’ as follows: Berries (blackberries; blueberries; cranberries; gooseberries; raspberries); Cactus pears; Cherries; Dragon fruit; Figs; Granadillas; Guavas; Jack fruit; Kiwi fruit; Mangoes; Papayas; Persimmons; Pomegranates; Quinces; Star fruit; Strawberries; Watermelons and Melons. These fruits are required to be marked with a class – ‘class 1’, ‘class 2’ or ‘lowest class’, as applicable – among other marking requirements.

This regulation also lays out specific inspection requirements for the fruits that fall within its scope. However, caution is advised, as the regulation does not repeal the regulations on citrus and subtropical fruits or deciduous fruits.

So if your products fall under the definition of fresh fruit, and you need assistance with correct labelling for your fresh fruits – contact FACTS.