Draft Labelling and Advertising Regulations Symposium

The Directorate of Food Control has kindly agreed to report back on progress on the draft Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations (R642) published for comment in July 2007. The amended draft has been divided into two - one less complex and controversial part has been amended and is in the process of becoming law while the other is on hold pending further developments, reports and scientific data. The speakers at this one-day symposium will update Members on both parts of the regulations and so help prepare delegates for the final outcome and possible future developments. See the draft labelling notes below for more detail.


13th May 2009 (Wednesday)


Registration from 07:30. Programme starts at 09:00 and is scheduled to end at 16:00.


Mandela Room. Burger's Park Hotel. Cnr. van der Walt & Minnaar St. Pretoria Central.
Secure parking is available free of charge in the hotel or opposite the hotel on the south side, in Minnaar St.


Directions to Burger's Park Hotel: From Johannesburg, take N1 North to Pretoria. Take the 'EEUFEES ROAD' off-ramp & proceed to the traffic lights (T-junction). Turn right and stay on the left hand side of the road. Pass beneath the railway bridge and immediately thereafter turn left. Follow the "CITY" signs and then the VAN DER WALT STREET signs. Once you have past the "Berea Sports Grounds" and three sets of traffic lights, the BURGERS PARK HOTEL is on the right hand side, opposite the park. The street on the right bordering the Hotel on the South is Minnaar St - which is where the hotel's parking area is situated. (Hotel telephone No: 012 322 7500)


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R510-00 per person (R581-40 with VAT). All payments to SAAFoST, use account specified below only.

CEU Points

6 CEU's have been allocated. Accreditation number: DT/A01/P00001/2009/00022
Dieticians to provide DT numbers on registration please.

Registration Procedure

Please register by Friday 8 May at the latest. Note late payment penalty.
  1. Contact Irene Burke and provide names and details of all delegates. Do so by phone or by forwarding this mail to her after providing "Registration information" below.
  2. Company delegates to provide company VAT number and postal address for tax invoices.
  3. Deposit the registration fee - bank details below.
  4. Forward proof of deposit to Irene - by fax or e-mail.
  5. Delegates will be registered upon receipt of proof of deposits.
  6. Registration will be confirmed by Irene. No confirmation within two days means no registration - please check.
  7. Closing date and time for payment and registration: Friday 8th May at 16:00.
E-mail: saafost.irene@telkomsa.net
Telephone: 012-349 2788
Fax: 086 698 4784


  1. Late Registration and payment: the registration fee after Friday 8 May is R775-20 (includes VAT)
  2. Cancellation: delegates who wish to cancel must do so before 16:00 on 8th May.
  3. Delegates who are unable to attend are welcome to send a replacement.
Registration & tax invoice information required by Irene

Name(s) of all attendees:
Contact Tel:
Contact Fax:
Contact e-mail:
Organisation Name:
Organisation Postal Address:
Organisation VAT number:
Dieticians provide your DT numbers here please:

Payment Detail

By direct deposit, proof of payment to Irene at e-mail / fax above.

Account Details: Please use no other SAAFoST account - only this one is valid for the symposium.
Account Name: SAAFoST
ABSA Brooklyn
Branch Code: 632 005
Account Number: 920 582 0197
Deposit reference: Your name or company name plus "labelling".

NOTES: Draft Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs Regulations

As Members may recall, the draft of these Regulations was published in July 2007and deadline for comments on the draft was 31 December of the same year and 31 January 2009 for international comments. Over one hundred submissions were received by the Directorate: Food Control; from individuals of various persuasions, the food industry, learned associations, trade associations, universities, environmental health practitioners and several NGO's. A small number of submissions were received from international companies and universities. All comments were scrutinised and considered. The quality of the responses was generally better and more insightful than on previous occasions and they contributed meaningfully towards correcting, modifying and generally improving the draft. The amendment process has now been completed as far as circumstances have allowed and Mrs Antoinette Booyzen will report back during the symposium, on the various amendments. However, the following items were not part of the amendment process and have been put on hold at this point in time, awaiting the further developments, reports and data:

  1. A Nutrient Profiling Model - publication of an EU model is awaited (possibly end of 2009/beginning 2010) and a literature survey of all other models in use will be considered in developing the South African Model. The nutrient profiling model for South Africa will replace Annexure 6 which affects all health and nutrition claims and the foods that may qualify to make any of these claims. Prof Wentzel-Viljoen has studied various national profiling models and will give an insight into the issues under discussion.
  2. Health claims - the effect on the labelling regulations, of the draft Complementary Medicines Regulations published for comment in August 2008, is potentially so significant that no further work can be done until the latter is finally published and its impact has been assessed. Mr Luterek will help interpret the possible impact of the "Medicines" regulations on claims and, for good measure, also that of the GM labelling requirement of the Consumer Protection Bill. Prof Jerling will remind members of the likely requirements of substantiating a health claim.
  3. Serving sizes
  4. Marketing of food and non-alcoholic beverages to children
  5. Application of South Africa's food-based dietary guidelines on labels
The completed draft regulations, minus the exceptions above and matters related directly to them, will therefore be forwarded to the legal unit of the Department of Health for further consideration and scrutiny before submission to the Minister of Health. After the Minister has signed the final Regulations they will be published in the Government Gazette and become legal at that point. No further comments can thus be considered so the workshop will essentially be a report back and information sharing exercise on what and where changes have been made to the draft regulations. This will give a good indication of what the final regulations will look like.

Event arranged by Owen Frisby (012-346 2091) in association with the Directorate of Food Control of the Department of Health. Notice circulated nationally by the SAAFoST National Secretariat; Cindy Huyzer, Turners Conferences (031-368 8000).