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.

Is your honey authentic?

Honey is widely consumed, as a result of its sweet taste, unique flavour and many health benefits. However, its high price tag and the increasing demand for honey has resulted in considerable food-fraud risk. With honey being the third-most faked food in the world, how can you be sure that your ...

Processed meats: are they being labelled correctly?

A report issued in February this year showed the outcome of inspections conducted by the Food Safety Agency from August to December 2020: almost 27% of products inspected were non-compliant, and 92% of those because of incorrect labelling. After a number of changes to the regulations governing proce...

Going global with your food labels

The intricacies of exporting food products to multiple countries can be challenging – you must comply with each country’s labelling requirements. It used to be much easier to have a food product on the market that complied with the regulations of numerous markets; increasingly, these days, you n...

Geographical indicators: What’s in a name?

In recent years, we’ve seen the words ‘geographic indicators’ popping up in local legislation. What do they mean, and what are the implications for the food industry? What are Geographic Indicators (GI)? Many countries have their own GI systems; however, the WTO TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects ...

Imitation dairy: got milk?

The news of the EU ban on the use of dairy-product terms such as ‘milk’, ‘yoghurt’ and ‘butter’ for their imitation or plant-based counterparts has generated a lot of interest – and confusion. But what is the situation in the South African market? And is this a potential change to regu...

Collagen: desirable or dangerous?

‘Collagen’ has become a buzzword for the health-conscious community. Products containing collagen are proliferating on the market, claiming to provide health benefits such as youthful skin and resilient bones and joints. Does science back these claims? Or could this ‘magic’ ingredient be pot...

Newly published EPR regulation

South Africa’s waste generation continues to increase; significant volumes of waste are still being diverted to landfill, a dead-end disposal of waste rather than the desired approach of a circular economy . If we are to protect our environment’s natural resources and develop green economies, pr...

GMO Series part 4: Testing

Testing food products can be both a costly and a lengthy process; therefore, it is important to understand what can be tested, why testing should be done, how it works, and when it is applicable. As previously discussed, genetic modification is a technique used to change the characteristics of a ...

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