Poor regulation of South African food industry has led to a public health crisis, say panellists

 From left: Public health lawyer Safura Abdool Karim, Maverick Citizen journalist Zukiswa Pikoli, strategic health journalist and editor Laura Lopez Gonzalez. (Photos: Supplied) By Ufrieda Ho The government has been dragging its feet on forcing food manufacturers and retailers to disclose clearly the unhealthy formulations in their processed food. This costs money and lives, say the panellists on a Daily Maverick webinar titled ‘Delay, Dilute, Delegitimise — how the food industry shapes what you eat and what you weigh’. The shuffling of health ministers in recent years has left policy and…

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In good taste: Rand-Air’s agile service ensures smooth production process for household name food and beverage customer

In the demanding, 24 x 7 food and beverage sector, where production schedules are very tight and standards meticulously high, any downtime in production can prove to be disastrous, resulting in lost time and having a financial impact too.   So when a household name in the local food and beverage sector recently took some of their Atlas-Copco oil-fee compressors offline for maintenance at their Johannesburg plant, Rand-Air – an established leader in the field of portable air, power, flow and lighting solutions, and part of the global Atlas Copco…

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Which laser coder best suits your beverage packaging?

:  Applying best-before dates in the drinks industry make applying best-before dates a challenge. This is because while some technologies can print at high speed, the codes are not permanent and may lead to counterfeiting and non-compliance. One technology that beverage producers are increasingly turning to is laser technology.   Laser coders work by changing the surface of the packaging material, either by ablation, etching or foaming. This makes laser marks indelible – no rubbing, smudging, fading or faking. By not using inks, you also eliminate the cost of consumables…

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FUCHS ANNOUNCES HACCP AND ISO 22000-APPROVED FOOD AND PHARMACEUTICAL PROCESSING CLEANER

FUCHS Lubricants has announced a heavy duty water-based cleaner concentrate for the food and pharmaceutical processing industry that is solvent free, readily biodegradable and environmentally friendly. BIO CLEAN assists facilities with meeting the highest food industry standards, and especially HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and ISO 22000. BIO CLEAN and the PREMIX are also NSF registered. “While the product’s reputation originated in the food industry, it has been embraced by the commercial and mining sectors, and is suitable for all environments,” explained Giles Cutter, Lubritech Divisional Manager, FUCHS…

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Water is the Foundation of the Big Four Agenda

  Simon Thomas, international consultant and board member of Megapipes Solutions Limited     The Big Four Agenda, announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta in late 2017, has four main pillars. Enhancing Manufacturing, Food Security and Nutrition, Universal Health Coverage and Affordable Housing. Affordable housing implies the development of adequate, standardised, and well-spaced houses with a continuous supply of clean water and electricity.   The supply of clean water continues to be a problem despite the unveiling of the government’s plans to implement a water storage programme.  The plan has a…

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TETRA PAK TAKES STEPS TO ADDRESS WATER SCARCITY AND REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS FOR THE DAIRY SECTOR

Tetra Pak’s new UHT 2.0 heating portfolio combined with Tetra Pak® E3/Speed Hyper bring significant sustainability benefits, cutting GHG emissions and water usage while reducing operational costs by up to 30%   Johannesburg (3 June 2021): Tetra Pak showcases its new UHT 2.0 heating portfolio and Tetra Pak® E3/Speed Hyper packaging equipment in line with World Milk Day earlier this week in support of this year’s theme of sustainability and Dairy’s commitment to innovation to reduce environmental footprint. Tetra Pak’s new UHT 2.0 portfolio with OneStep technology and Tetra Pak®…

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African study outlines challenge to further wedge open the ‘policy window’ on sugar taxation

  Changing minds to change policy on taxing sugar-sweetened drinks starts with knowing better what you’re dealing with. Researchers from seven African countries who have done a deeper dive are calling for tax to be put on the table. The “what-next” and the “how-to” are questions that need answering if findings from a multi-country African study on tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) can be translated into policy to combat spikes in non-communicable diseases. The three-and-a-half-year research project initiated by PRICELESS SA, a unit within Wits University’s School of Public Health,…

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Food prices in South Africa in 2021: Joburg vs Cape Town vs Durban

The Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice and Dignity research group (PMBEJD) has published its latest Household Affordability Index, detailing price changes for basic and essential food items across South Africa. The January 2021 index shows that a food basket consisting of 44 prioritised food items has increased marginally by 1.2% – or R49 – since December 2020. However, price increases have been sharper – around 5.1% or almost R200 more in the basket – since the index was restructured in September 2020. According to the PMBEJD, the average household food basket it…

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S.Africa’s glass packagers face $100 million hit from alcohol ban – Consol

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s glass packaging industry could lose a further 1.5 billion rand ($98 million) in sales if the latest ban on alcohol sales continues for long, the CEO of glass bottle maker Consol said on Monday. Bottles of beer move along a production line at the South African Brewery in Alrode, file. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko South Africa has recently banned alcohol sales for the third time as part of efforts to free up space for COVID-19 patients in hospitals burdened with alcohol-related injuries. The first two bans together…

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SA beer industry warns craft brewers will not survive extended alcohol ban

JOHANNESBURG – The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) on Wednesday urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to lift a renewed ban on alcohol, saying small craft brewers would not survive if it was extended beyond mid January. In a national address last week in which he reintroduced restrictions aimed at trying to arrest a surge in Covid-19 cases, Ramaphosa said excessive alcohol consumption was adding pressure on the already strained health system by driving up the number of trauma cases in hospitals. Among other measures, he said the sale of alcohol…

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