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  • New food regulations take effect in South Africa


    All food manufactured, imported and sold in South Africa must be labelled with detailed nutritional and compositional information, according to new health regulations published in the Star newspaper on Friday.

    Health department spokesman Fidel Hadebe said this was to ensure consumers received adequate information before purchase so that the public was not misled by manufacturers.

    The new regulations came into effect on Thursday.

    The provisions were:

    -- a description of the ingredients contained in the food printed clearly next to the name of the product;

    -- the food's country of origin;

    -- statements such as "high fibre", "sugar free" and "low fat" must be substantiated by a nutritional table;

    -- a percentage breakdown of ingredients advertised on the label;

    -- a best before, sell by, and use by date;

    -- food allergens contained in the product, such as peanuts and dairy products, must be declared.
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. rpm's Avatar
      rpm -
      All food manufactured, imported and sold in South Africa must be labelled with detailed nutritional and compositional information, according to new health regulations published in the Star newspaper on Friday.

      Health department spokesman Fidel Hadebe said this was to ensure consumers received adequate information before purchase so that the public was not misled by manufacturers.
    1. nivek's Avatar
      nivek -
      wow
      atleast the health department has done something good! in between wrecking state hospitals
    1. akescpt's Avatar
      akescpt -
      whats the use? who will enforce this? fine to make a law. policing it is the issue..
    1. marine1's Avatar
      marine1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by akescpt View Post
      whats the use? who will enforce this? fine to make a law. policing it is the issue..
      Amen
    1. hungrybeaver's Avatar
      hungrybeaver -
      Can we expect this sort of packaging now? This is from the UK

    1. FlatspinZA's Avatar
      FlatspinZA -
      You can guarantee Carte Blanche will be doing an exposé as soon as this law has been in effect long enough.
    1. Inertia's Avatar
      Inertia -
      People said this about the CSA but that seems to be enforced quite well?
    1. Hemi300c's Avatar
      Hemi300c -
      Quote Originally Posted by akescpt View Post
      whats the use? who will enforce this? fine to make a law. policing it is the issue..
      Well it's all part of job creation:
      SAPS, METRO and Traffic Police