Health Department on course to tighten food labeling and advertising

The Department of Health is on track to tighten rules on food labeling and advertising to reduce non-communicable diseases and to address the latest international developments from the Codex Alimentarius Commission, including the misinterpretation of food date marking.

food code

The Codex Alimentarius or “Food Code” is a collection of norms, guidelines and codes of conduct adopted by the Commission.

Codex standards ensure food is safe and tradable.

The 188 Codex members have negotiated science-based recommendations in all areas of food safety and quality

To eat healthy food

The department said a healthy diet is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle and South Africa is one of the countries committed to implementing the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global strategy on diet, physical activity and health.

The strategy is an international initiative aimed at improving human health, particularly in light of rising rates of obesity and non-communicable diseases worldwide.

The ministry said it supports this initiative and believes the country can put this strategy into practice through healthy food choices and improved nutrition, including through accurate and fair labeling practices.

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Check the contents of the food

“The Department urges all consumers to be aware of the contents of the food they buy and consume by first reading the information on the product’s label/package, particularly storage instructions.”

“Following consideration of the numerous comments received on the draft revised regulation (R429 of 2014) on food labeling and food advertising, and following further consultation with relevant stakeholders, the department has commissioned an investigation into the nature of front of pack labels used by South Africans easily can be identified,” it said.

Socio-Economic Impact Assessment

That health department said the Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIAS) of the proposed regulations was also assessed and endorsed by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.

“The Department will be releasing these revised regulations for comment shortly.”

“The intent of the draft labeling regulation is to provide clear guidance on the ‘dos ​​and don’ts’ of the information provided on food labels and advertising, which will benefit both consumers and producers ‘ the ministry added.

Public Comments

The department has encouraged South Africans to provide their feedback on the draft regulations after publication.

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