Load-shedding – A Threat to Our Food Supply and Agri Sector

Loadshedding affecting the agri sector

The recent spell of load-shedding in South Africa disrupts the economy intensely. It shuts down factories, switches off servers, prevents mining operations, causes massive traffic disruptions and costs billions in potential revenue. Its effects on the Agricultural Sector are equally significant. An inability to address the load-shedding problem over the …

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The Difference between Food Safety and Food Quality Explained

Quality Check

Many people think Food Safety and Food Quality is the same thing. Although closely related, there is a difference between Food Safety and Food Quality requirements in a food-handling environment. The one keeps consumers safe and the other keep consumers happy. This sounds very simple, but there is a lot …

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20 Tips to Avoid and Prevent Food Poisoning

Stomach Aches

Nearly everyone gets food poisoning at least once in his or her lifetime. Here are 20 handy tips to avoid and prevent food poisoning. These tips refer to households, but can also be used in any food-handling, processing and packaging enterprise. You can find the germs that cause food poisoning …

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7 Pests to Put on Your Watchlist in the Workplace

Pests in the Workplace

Pests are any animal, which has a harmful effect on humans, their food and living conditions.  Pests carry all kinds of germs and parasites.  Pests, humans and food are a bad combination.  Pests should not come in contact with food, food handling equipment and surfaces where food is prepared. Two …

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Listeriosis – A Killer on the Loose

Cold Meats

Listeriosis is a disease caused by the bacterium called Listeria monocytogenes (L. monocytogenes).  The recent Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa killed at least 180 people and infected almost 1000 others since January 2017.  It was the world’s worst recorded listeria outbreak. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases eventually identified the …

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Food Safety – Why the Fuss?

Food Safety Why the Fuss

Until recently, many food-handling companies in South Africa ignored or did not take food safety seriously.  The recent Listeriosis outbreak laid bare how prone food-handling businesses are to fatal food safety incidents. Inadequate food safety measurements in a food handling company can compromise the consumer’s health and in some cases, …

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