In the news: 

  • Anticipating and Managing Food Fraud
  • New Alerts:
    • Processing the new processed meat regulation
    • VITAL 3.0 – Here is what you need to know
  • Important Notice: Closing dates
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Anticipating and Managing Food Fraud

Food Fraud, adulteration, authenticity – the word(s) used in the food industry that prove accountability by revealing what’s concealed.

If a product does not comply with food laws, or if the product labelling is misleading to the consumer such that it could directly impact consumer health, food fraud may not be exposed. Different types of food fraud include concealment, mislabelling, grey market production/theft diversion, use of unapproved enhancements, counterfeiting, and dilution; but the most common fraudulent activity is substitution of an adulterant for a quality ingredient.

So, what tools can we use to identify these vulnerabilities? And what can we do to prevent such occurrences from tarnishing our reputations? What is important is to ask the right questions! Read more here.

FACTS has recently recorded a webinar on Anticipating & Managing Food Fraud with Dr Harris Steinman and Dr Karim Dhanani. To find out which tools and laboratory analysis can be used to combat Food Fraud. Watch the webinar HERE


FACTS services include Food Fraud Prevention & Authenticity Testing through Laboratory and Microscopic analysis

New Alerts

Processing the new processed meat regulation

The ‘October winds’ brought with them the much-anticipated Regulations Regarding the Classification, Packing and Marking of Processed Meat Products intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa (R.1283). The regulation, which was published on 4 October 2019, adds to the shifting regulatory space around processed meat producers, who are still reeling from the publication of the Compulsory specification (VC 9100) which made SANS 885 compulsory. Read more here.


FACTS offers Regulatory Assistance & Animal and Fish Species Identification
(DNA-based screening for 24 animal species)

VITAL 3.0 - Here is what you need to know

FACTS is excited to announce that at the end of October, the Allergen Bureau launched the new and improved VITAL 3.0!

VITAL is a science-based risk-assessment tool developed to aid members of the food industry in determining whether their products need to carry allergen precautionary-labelling statements. The tool considers many factors, including contamination of raw materials on supplier site, contamination on manufacturer sites, product formulation, and consumer consumption patterns; then it compares this data to established Reference Doses to calculate the need for precautionary labelling. Read more here.


FACTS offers on-site VITAL training

As the year comes closer to an end, please find important dates for you to diarise

2019 / 2020

09 December 2019:
Receipt of last samples for Allergen ELISA analyses (Milk, egg, soy, gluten, peanut)

28 November 2019:
Last receipt of all samples for other analysis

04 December 2019:
Receipt of last rapid kit orders

04 December 2019:
Receipt of last labelling & technical report orders

20 December 2019:

06 January 2020:

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