A) Links to the Department of Health

Use the following links to get to the Department of Health website home page (No1) and to the Directorate of Food Control (No 2) and the latter's information on: i) Legislation, ii) Guidelines, training manuals and reports, iii) Contacts and iv) Nutrient Profiling Modelling Calculator.

  1. The Department of Health Website
  2. Food Control
  3. Legislation - acts and regulations
  4. Nutrient Profile Model
  5. Information - Guidelines, Training Manuals and Reports
  6. Promotional Material - safe food guidelines, healthy diet, physical activity, posters & pamphlets
  7. Food Control Contact - Directorate, Codex Contact Point, Port Health

B) Link to the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries:

Food Safety and Quality Assurance / Subdirectorate Agricultural Product Quality Assurance

C) Acts Which Could Affect Food & Beverage Manufacturer's Products:

Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act 54 of 1972
Health Act 63 of 1977
Agricultural Products Standards Act 119 of 1990
Meat Safety Act 40 of 2000 (Dept of Agriculture)
The International Health Regulations Act 28 of 1974
Trade Metrology Act 77 of 1973
Liquor Products Act, 60 of 1989
Genetically Modified Organisms Act 25 of 1997

Technologists Need To Be Aware Of:
SABS Food Hygiene Management Code 049 of 2001
SABS Code 0330:1999 - The Implementation and Management of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) System.
SABS Code 1853: Disinfectants and Detergent Disinfectants for Use in the Food Industry.
ISO 15161:2001 - Guidelines on the Application of ISO 9001:2000 for the Food and Drink Industry.
Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993
National Environment Conservation Act 73 of 1989
National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998

Other Sector-Related Legislation:
Standards Act, 1993
Trade Marks Act, 1963
Medicines and Related Substances Control Act, 1965
Meat Safety Act, 40 of 2000
Animal Diseases Act, 1984
Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act, 1947
Plant Breeders Rights Act, 1976
Agricultural Pests Act, 1983
Plant Improvement Act, 1976

D) Selected SAAFoST Comments on Proposed Legislation

E) Most Recently Promulgated Regulations:

Regulations Relating to the Labeling and Advertising of Foods: Amendment (No R.429, 29 May 2014)

  1. Draft Regulations
  2. Draft Regulations Guidelines
  3. Template for Comments
  4. Dept of Health Motivations for Amendments and Additions to the Draft Regulations
  5. Dept of Health Regulation Clarification Session - a presentation by A Booysen on 23 July 2014

F) Regulations Relating to Maximum Levels for Metals in Foodstuffs:

  1. Existing regulations (amended 23 May 2008)
  2. Discussion document for amendment of the above - for comments by Thurs 4 June 2015