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Food Safety and Food Quality Legislation and Resources

Resources list of South African Food Safety, Food Quality and other legislation applicable to the food industry.

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The lists below do not include all food safety and quality legislation related to the food, beverage and health industries.

Lists last updated: 12 June 2022

Food Safety and Quality legislation in South Africa is mainly the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF); the National Department of Health and the Department of Trade and Industry.

ACT 54 OF 1972 – FOODSTUFFS, COSMETICS AND DISINFECTANTS ACT

The list below provides links to the Regulations under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act.

Regulations relating to the maximum levels of metals in foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to miscellaneous additives in foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to the reduction of sodium in certain foodstuffs and related matters.

Regulations relating to the use of sweeteners in foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to foodstuffs for infants and young children.

Regulations relating to foodstuffs for infants and young children. (Amendment to R991)

Regulations relating to foodstuffs for infants and young children. (Amendment to R991)

Regulations relating to the prohibition of manufacturing, importation, exportation and sale of polycarbonate infant feeding bottles containing Bisphenol A.

Regulations relating to trans-fat in foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs. (Amendment to R146)

Regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs. (Amendment to R146)

Regulations relating to the maximum levels of melamine in foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to food-grade salt.

Regulations relating to the powers and duties of inspectors and analysts conducting inspections and analyses on foodstuffs and at food premises.

Regulations relating to health messages on container labels of alcoholic beverages.

Regulations relating to health messages on container labels of alcoholic beverages. (Amendment to R764)

Regulations relating to health messages on container labels of alcoholic beverages. (Amendment to R764 & R1208)(Repealed in R1143 of 2020)

Regulations relating to all bottled waters.

Regulations relating to all bottled waters. (Amendment to R718)

Regulations relating to marine biotoxins.

Regulations relating to the labelling of alcoholic beverages.

Regulations relating to objects packed in foodstuffs intended for children.

Regulations to labelling of foodstuffs obtained through certain techniques of genetic modification.

Regulations governing tolerances for fungus-produced toxins in foodstuffs.

Regulations governing tolerances for fungus-produced toxins in foodstuffs. (Amendment to R1145)

Regulations governing tolerances for fungus-produced toxins in foodstuffs. (Amendment to R1145)

Regulations relating to the application of the hazard analysis and critical control point system (HACCP SYSTEM).

Regulations relating to the application of the hazard analysis and critical control point system (HACCP SYSTEM). (Amendment to R908)

Regulations relating to the application of the hazard analysis and critical control point system (HACCP SYSTEM). (Amendment to R908)

Regulations relating to the fortification of certain foodstuffs.

Regulations relating to the fortification of certain foodstuffs. (Amendment to R504)

Regulations relating to the prohibition of the sale of Comfrey, foodstuffs containing Comfrey and jelly confectionery containing Konjac.

Regulations relating to the labelling of foods for special medical purposes.

Regulations governing certain solvents in foodstuffs.

Regulations governing certain solvents in foodstuffs. (Amendment to R911)

Regulations governing microbiological standards for foodstuffs and related matters.

(Amendment to R692, as amended by Government Notices R427 of 5 May 2000, R490 of 8 June 2001 and corrected by Government Notice R491 of 8 June 2001)

Regulations governing microbiological standards for foodstuffs and related matters.

(Amendment to R692, as amended by Government Notices R427 of 5 May 2000, R490 of 8 June 2001, R1588 and R556 of 07 May 2004)

Regulations relating to milk and dairy products.

Regulations relating to milk and dairy products.

(Amendment to R1555 of 21 November 1997, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1278 of October 1999 and amended by the Government Notices R53 of 28 January 2000, R755 of 28 July 2000, R837 of 25 August 2000 and R1052 of 27 October 2000)

Regulations relating to milk and dairy products.

(Amendment to R1555 of 21 November 1997, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1278 of October 1999 and amended by the Government Notices R53 of 28 January 2000, R755 of 28 July 2000, R837 of 25 August 2000 and R1052 of 27 October 2000)

Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

(Amendment to R246 of 11 February 1994, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1148 of 26 August 1994 and amended by the Government Notices R494 of 8 June 2001 and R525 of 3 May 2002)

Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

(Amendment to R246 of 11 February 1994, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1148 of 26 August 1994 and amended by the Government Notices R494 of 8 June 2001, R525 of 3 May 2002 and R247)

Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

(Amendment to R246 of 11 February 1994, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1148 of 26 August 1994 and amended by the Government Notices R494 of 8 June 2001, R525 of 3 May 2002, R247 and R1047)

Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

(Amendment to R246 of 11 February 1994, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1148 of 26 August 1994 and amended by the Government Notices R494 of 8 June 2001, R525 of 3 May 2002, R247, R1047 and R548)

Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

(Amendment to R246 of 11 February 1994, as corrected by Government Notice No. R1148 of 26 August 1994 and amended by the Government Notices R494 of 8 June 2001, R525 of 3 May 2002, R247 of 24 March 2005, R1047, R548 and R46.)

Regulations governing the maximum limits for veterinary medicine and stock remedy residues that may be present in foodstuffs.

Regulations governing the maximum limits for veterinary medicine and stock remedy residues that may be present in foodstuffs. (Amendment to R1809)

Regulations relating to soft drinks.

Regulations relating to soft drinks. (Amendment to R1769)

Regulations governing irradiated foodstuffs.

Regulations governing irradiated foodstuffs. (Amendment to R1600)

Regulations relating to preservatives and antioxidants.

Regulations relating to preservatives and antioxidants.

(Amendment to R965, as amended by Government Notices R2355 of 5 November 1982, R225 of 7 February 1986, R1884 of 4 September 1987, R2379 of 12 October 1990, R2139 of 30 August 1991, R70 of 15 January 1993, R1142 of 4 August 1995, R1745 of 1 November 1996 and R1295 of 16 October 1998.)

Regulations relating to preservatives and antioxidants. (Amendment to R965)

Regulations relating to preservatives and antioxidants. (Amendment to R965)

ACT 40 OF 2000 – MEAT SAFETY ACT

The list below provides links to some of the Regulations under the Meat Safety Act.

Regulations: Red meat

Regulations: Red meat: Amendment

Regulations: Poultry

Regulations: Ostrich

ACT 119 OF 1990 – AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT STANDARDS ACT

The list below provides links to some of the Regulations under the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

ACT 5 OF 2008 – NATIONAL REGULATOR FOR COMPULSORY SPECIFICATIONS ACT

The list below provides links to some of the compulsory specifications under the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act.

National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications Act: Compulsory specification for processed meat products

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