keyboard_arrow_upStellenbosch University collects integral data on fruit flies
keyboard_arrow_downStellenbosch University collects integral data on fruit flies

AUTHOR: Engela Duvenage, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University   Insect experts from the Stellenbosch University Department of Conservation Ecology and Entomology are part of a large-scale research project involving experts from 15 countries. It aims to develop the science and technology needed to better detect, prevent and manage Europe’s growing fruit fly problem. The project […]

keyboard_arrow_upNew regulations for processed meat products take aim at listeriosis
keyboard_arrow_downNew regulations for processed meat products take aim at listeriosis

The listeriosis threat continues to loom large over South African food manufacturers, and the consumers that buy their produce. This was confirmed in October 2019 by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, which said that 87 laboratory-confirmed listeriosis cases had been reported in the year following the deadly 2017/2018 outbreak.

keyboard_arrow_upNOSA to acquire Deltamune’s laboratory business
keyboard_arrow_downNOSA to acquire Deltamune’s laboratory business

NOSA Group, a leading global occupational health and safety (OHS) risk management solutions provider, has signed an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the Deltamune Group’s laboratory business (a leader in diagnostic testing and salmonella serotyping). The acquisition remains subject to standard closing conditions, and is expected to close at the end of November […]

keyboard_arrow_upNOSA commits to zero harm
keyboard_arrow_downNOSA commits to zero harm

On Thursday 23 May 2019, NOSA confirmed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Stellenbosch University’s Water Institute (SUWI). The MoU is focused on Stellenbosch University providing assistance to NOSA, in the co-ordination, development and alignment of current, nationally registered occupational qualifications, as well as providing further consulting services to NOSA. NOSA’s sales and marketing director, […]

keyboard_arrow_upAre you Regulation 638 compliant?
keyboard_arrow_downAre you Regulation 638 compliant?

If you prepare, transport, handle or sell food, you must comply with Regulation 638 (R638) to meet the minimum hygiene requirements.

keyboard_arrow_upFood safety audit tips
keyboard_arrow_downFood safety audit tips

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.  Being well prepared for an audit will ease some of the stress and time pressure that both auditees and auditors feel. The key audit outcome is being able to effectively demonstrate that you have proactive systems and practices to identify, risk assess and manage food safety issues, supported […]

keyboard_arrow_upCreating the future of drainage
keyboard_arrow_downCreating the future of drainage

The ACO Group is proud to announce it is opening another regional office on the African continent.

keyboard_arrow_upSA’s meat processors give a million towards SU food safety initiative
keyboard_arrow_downSA’s meat processors give a million towards SU food safety initiative

The South African Meat Processors Association (SAMPA) has donated R1 million towards the activities of Stellenbosch University’s Centre for Food Safety. The funding will support ongoing endeavours related to food safety research at Stellenbosch University. The Centre aims to support the local food industry as a whole and was established in November 2018.

keyboard_arrow_upContinuous improvement, a blueprint for continued success
keyboard_arrow_downContinuous improvement, a blueprint for continued success

Air Products South Africa prides itself on a solid safety track record, innovative new products and developments, and success in the industrial manufacturing sector. This positioning is underpinned by a solid business strategy that is focused on key aspects, one being a constant drive for continuous improvement (CI) through a multipronged CI process.

keyboard_arrow_upWorld’s first SIL2 rated safety temperature measurement device for boilers
keyboard_arrow_downWorld’s first SIL2 rated safety temperature measurement device for boilers

The Safety-TL4896, a world first SIL2 rated temperature measuring device from Martens, which conforms to international boiler regulations offering a unique front panel installation is available from GHM Messtechnik South Africa. Certified to DIN EN14597 and DIN EN61508 the device gives an analogue actual value output for regulators and PLC eliminates the need for additional […]

keyboard_arrow_upBuilding Security
keyboard_arrow_downBuilding Security

Security, access control, building managements systems (BMS) and Workforce Convenience. These are not really words you would ordinarily combine in a concept, but they are getting closer together where facility owners are thinking ahead. With a little creativity, human-centred design thinking and great use of available technologies, the capabilities of security technology are being stretched […]

keyboard_arrow_upListeriosis can be a rallying call for the industry
keyboard_arrow_downListeriosis can be a rallying call for the industry

One doesn’t have to look far to find serious cases of disease or contamination somewhere along the agri value chain.

keyboard_arrow_upHygiene myths and misconceptions
keyboard_arrow_downHygiene myths and misconceptions

We’re all guilty of doing certain things just because it’s what we’ve always done. Perhaps you read it in a magazine a few years ago or someone close to you once said that it is the best or most effective approach. From the way you cook and wash up, to the cleaning products you rely […]

keyboard_arrow_upMaintaining listeria free factories and kitchens
keyboard_arrow_downMaintaining listeria free factories and kitchens

In the wake of the listeria outbreak that continues to plague South Africa, it is imperative that manufacturers and wholesalers in the food and beverages industry ensure their factories and kitchens are effectively cleaned and sanitised.

keyboard_arrow_upDairy leads the way with listeria environmental monitoring
keyboard_arrow_downDairy leads the way with listeria environmental monitoring

The last few months have been dominated by discussions around Listeria monocytogenes. For food safety news to have been on the front pages of every major South African newspaper is unprecedented. Although the Department of Health has named the so-called source, this should not mean we can take our eye off the ball.

keyboard_arrow_upHow to manage compliance in food production
keyboard_arrow_downHow to manage compliance in food production

With the growing number of food recalls in recent years, the food industry is in a precarious situation where consumers are trusting manufacturers less than ever before.

keyboard_arrow_upPrioritise handwashing and save lives
keyboard_arrow_downPrioritise handwashing and save lives

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) annual campaign, SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands, could not be more relevant than it is to South Africans following the recent Listeria outbreak which claimed over 180 lives since December 2017.

keyboard_arrow_upHigh tech solutions to food supply challenges
keyboard_arrow_downHigh tech solutions to food supply challenges

The deployment of advanced technologies in food and beverage (F&B) preparation can help to raise safety and hygiene standards and make the entire sector more dynamic, competitive and successful.

keyboard_arrow_upIs the food industry doing enough to prevent the spread of deadly diseases?
keyboard_arrow_downIs the food industry doing enough to prevent the spread of deadly diseases?

The recent Listeriosis outbreak has drawn attention to the importance of an industry that usually stays out of the spotlight, but has the capacity to save lives.

keyboard_arrow_upHow efficient cleaning technology can boost your profitability
keyboard_arrow_downHow efficient cleaning technology can boost your profitability

Large South African companies spend between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of total cleaning costs on associated labour, according to industry experts Nilfisk. For businesses looking to implement financial efficiencies within their operations, this insight provides an interesting perspective on commercial cleaning.

keyboard_arrow_upBureau Veritas announces high tech innovative breakthroughs for clients
keyboard_arrow_downBureau Veritas announces high tech innovative breakthroughs for clients

Bureau Veritas, the global leader in testing, inspection and certification, unveiled more transformative and innovative professional solutions and services, further assisting clients to meet the growing challenges of quality, health and safety, environmental protection and social responsibility.

keyboard_arrow_upChemical hazards – here we go again
keyboard_arrow_downChemical hazards – here we go again

Fipronil is commonly used to get rid of fleas, lice and ticks but is banned by the European Union for use on animals destined for human consumption, such as chickens. It is thought that Fipronil was used in chicken farms to combat red lice, thus affecting the eggs of laying hens which were destined for […]

keyboard_arrow_upDynamic solutions in health and hygiene
keyboard_arrow_downDynamic solutions in health and hygiene

In 2014, dynamic and goal driven entrepreneurs Santie van Niekerk and Vinay Moodley, launched MiChem Dynamics. The pair are qualified microbiologists, South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) and Southern African Development Community Accreditation Services (SADCAS) assessors and management system experts. Their primary focus was to create a link between the laboratory and manufacturing industry by […]

keyboard_arrow_upThe role of x-ray inspection systems in glass packaging
keyboard_arrow_downThe role of x-ray inspection systems in glass packaging

Paul King, head of sales at Mettler-Toledo Safeline X-ray, says a single shard of glass in a product can have devastating effects.

keyboard_arrow_upTop tips for contamination detection
keyboard_arrow_downTop tips for contamination detection

Metal contamination in the supply chain is usually a result of tainted ingredients, or an imperfect production process. It is difficult to eliminate risk entirely. Metal detectors are an accepted element of many FDA recommended Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programmes in the food and beverage industry.

keyboard_arrow_upEffective food pathogen testing
keyboard_arrow_downEffective food pathogen testing

With the world’s population growing by six-digit increments every day, the global food industry is under pressure to meet demand for safe and convenient products.

keyboard_arrow_upSidel awarded accreditation for health and safety excellence
keyboard_arrow_downSidel awarded accreditation for health and safety excellence

In 2016, for the fifth year in succession, Sidel has been awarded accreditation for its commitment to achieving excellence in the management of health and safety practices.

keyboard_arrow_upFood safety in Africa
keyboard_arrow_downFood safety in Africa

An estimated 2 000 people in Africa die from food safety-related illnesses every day, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). This concerning trend was highlighted in April this year when – at a meeting hosted by the African Union in Accra, Ghana – former Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor called on African leaders to champion policies that will help overcome food safety risks. Kufuor said children are particularly at risk, as one third of all deaths from food-borne diseases are in children under the age of five years.

keyboard_arrow_upAchieving global certification in food safety and quality
keyboard_arrow_downAchieving global certification in food safety and quality

Increasingly, consumers, retailers and food manufacturers are focusing on food safety and quality. This has been confirmed by the Consumer Goods Forum, which has found that food and product safety are top priorities for both producers and sellers.

keyboard_arrow_upCan your food safety plan meet the rigours of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FMSA)?
keyboard_arrow_downCan your food safety plan meet the rigours of the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FMSA)?

Foreign material detection is very important to the food industry whether you are using in-line, packaged product, metal or X-ray detection. This white paper will help you understand the regulatory compliance as it relates to all verification activities.