South African Legislation and the Food Industry Part II

There are many food industry laws and regulations in South Africa and many business owners struggle to keep up. The trick is to know the main ones and thereafter choose the ones that are relevant to your product and operations.  The fact that the industry is highly regulated and that …

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South African Food Industry Legislation Part I

If you’re thinking of starting and managing a food handling business, there’s a couple of things you need to know. Having to know so many legal standards might seem scary, but don’t worry, only certain regulations will apply to your business depending on what product you’re trying to sell. You …

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What is a Certificate of Acceptability

What is a Certificate of Acceptability?

Do you want to start a food business in South Africa and want to know what is a Certificate of Acceptability? A Certificate of Acceptability, also referred to as a “COA” is a food business permit/license. It is a compliance certificate issued to food handling premises as per the requirements …

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Food safety Concept

The Top 10 Benefits of Food Safety Regulations

Our family loves traditional gatherings celebrated around overloaded lunch tables with every imaginable dish prepared and shared to suit our individual tastes, including my niece’s latest vegan obsession running in tandem to her allergy to peanuts. A recent food poisoning catastrophe which nearly ended in a family fatality brought my …

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Consumer Protection Act

The Relevance of The Consumer Protection Act of 2008 to the Food Industry

Food safety is a topic that we all think about from time to time. Whether it’s while we are doing our grocery shopping, picking out the best fruit and vegetables we can find, or whether it’s after an unpleasant experience while recovering from food poisoning. However, thinking about food safety …

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ISO 9001 QMS

What is the ISO 9001 Standard? – Quality Management Systems

The ISO 9001:2015 standard sets the requirements of a quality management system. It is intended to help organisations achieve excellence through a stronger focus on customers, people and leadership to ensure the business’s improvement. It enables organisations to enhance their existing quality management program by defining and documenting processes, training …

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Occupational Health and Safety

What is the ISO 45001 of 2018 Standard? – Health and Safety

Food safety, as well as the health and safety of your employees, are of the utmost importance in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. In South Africa, it is the employee’s right to work in a safe and healthy environment. Should a company not comply with health and safety standards, …

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