Regulations & Labelling

Food labels are a legal requirement and are important for a number of reasons. They help consumers make informed decisions about the food they buy, and how to correctly store and use it safely; and they help consumers plan when they can consume it. This also assists in reducing food wastage.

Finding the DALRRD regulations

Finding the regulations you are looking for on the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) could seem quite daunting. We have listed the steps below to help you find the DALRRD regulations you are looking for. In your web browser, go to: dalrrd.gov.za Hover y...

Where regulations fit in the NPD process

Most food industry experts are familiar with the new product development (NPD) process, and how it’s often broken down into key steps. Where in this process should you consider the regulations, and why? Where to consider regulations When we pose the question ‘Where in the NPD process should yo...

What to keep on file, according to R.146

The labelling regulation under DoH (R.146) requires that all information related to its requirements “shall be kept on record by the manufacturer, importer or seller, and failure to produce the relevant documentation within 2 (two) working days upon request by an inspector or employee of the Depar...

Food product, thy name is…?

Deciding on the name for a food product is one of the most important parts of the product development journey. With so many products already out there, coming up with something novel but effective can be quite challenging. And having to meet the requirements of the various food regulations doesn’t...

South Africa’s Regulatory Framework

South Africa’s regulatory framework is notoriously complex compared to those of other countries. Instead of having one regulatory authority to look to for food compliance, there are three government departments that regulate different aspects of food. This can be very challenging, especially if yo...

VIDEO | Food designed to feed the human gut microbiota

With the mounting evidence to support the importance of gut function in overall human health, there is a large amount of importance being placed on probiotics. But what about prebiotics? These elements might be just as beneficial to human health, as well as having the potential to be promoted...

Liquor Products Act amendment: Beer no longer ‘grey’

After many years of uncertainty regarding the classification of beer, as well as other requirements such as labelling, the publication of the amendment to the Liquor Products Act (Act 60 of 1989) on 17 September 2021 might be a welcome relief to many producers. Although there are a number of amendme...

VIDEO | FACTS op kykNET Spreekkamer

FOOD LABELS - SPREEKKAMER | 20 SEPTEMBER 2021 | kykNET Dietician Karen Horsburg and food scientist Ineke Stoffberg from FACTS SA help us inderstand what information on food packaging we should be paying attention to. What is important when we compare products, and which claims on labels should we...

What you need to know about the sodium regulations

In 2013, the Minister of Health signed legislation to make sodium reduction in the food industry mandatory, to help achieve the government’s target of reducing salt intake to less than 5g a day by 2020. This makes South Africa the first country in the world to legislate salt levels to help reduce ...

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