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Food Safety and Food Quality Legislation and Resources

Resources list of South African and international 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.

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 information about some of the Regulations and Standards under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act. 54 of 1972.

***2023/2024 New Regulations or Standards and Amendments

ACT 40 OF 2000 – MEAT SAFETY ACT

The list below provides information about some of the Regulations and Standards under the Meat Safety Act 40 of 2000.

***2023/2024 New Regulations or Standards and Amendments

ACT 119 OF 1990 – AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT STANDARDS ACT

The list below provides information about some of the Regulations and Standards under the Agricultural Product Standards Act 119 of 1990.

***2023/2024 New Regulations or Standards and Amendments

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

OTHER LEGISLATION – SOUTH AFRICA

INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATION – EUROPEAN UNION

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