9 April 2020

We are standing by to assist you.

As we tick off the second week of the 21 day national lock down, some of us find ourselves in our new home-work environments and others in a changed work space.

The literature suggests that we experience the second stage of loss as a state of numbed disbelief. I am sure we can all relate to this emotion during this time of change.

We thank our FACTS Team members that continue to provide you with laboratory testing during this time: Hestie Tredoux, Marlouw Engelbrecht, Angelique Smit and Kim van Vuuren.

If you would like to get to know them better, find their profiles here.

The rest of the team are home-work based and available to support you with your projects.

To our Christian clients and colleagues, we wish you a happy Easter with your family.

To our Jewish clients and colleagues, wishing you the best for Passover.

The FACTS team

FACTS Webinar – How COVID-19 presents vulnerabilities for the food supply chain

Webinar Wednesday hosted by Food Focus presents FACTS/Decernis webinar discussing how COVID-19 presents vulnerabilities for the food supply chain.

While our attention is focussed on the COVID-19 crisis, could we be even more vulnerable to food fraud than ever before?
With shortages of ingredients, lack of resources and the impact on global trade, this is certainly not the time to lower our guard.

Wed, April 22, 2020 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM SAST


Essential regulations for essential services

The national lockdown has meant a huge learning curve for most of us throughout industry and has also generated many questions. People are uncertain whether they are ‘essential service’ suppliers or not. There is also confusion regarding what exactly are considered ‘essential goods / services’.

It is important that you have all the relevant regulations and the applicable amendments on hand, to ensure that the information you are basing your practice on is correct. You can view the regulation and the subsequent first and second amendments here.

Read more here

COVID-19 on surfaces: what do we know so far?

COVID-19 is spread via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets may be transferred to healthy individuals through direct contact – or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching the mouth, nose or eyes. What is the potential risk in food production facilities? Is there a concern for food and food packaging? And does the virus remain viable for longer on certain surfaces?

Read more here

Innovation in the food industry during COVID-19

Although many projects and services have come to an abrupt halt, we are still uncertain whether the current climate encourages or stunts innovation within the food industry. Which direction will innovation move towards?

Read more here


Our Food Regulations and Standards assistance covers more than just regulations and labelling.

Contact us today for more information.

FACTS Workshops: Registration now open!

The FACTS workshop registrations are open!
Please view our training calendar below:


This year we have converted our 2-day Practical Allergen Management Workshop into a 1-day course with more dates available.


Our well supported 2-day Regulatory Workshop will be covering R.146 (Regulations relating to the labelling and advertising of foodstuffs) with some exciting highlights such as regulatory compliance for novel ingredients.

Due to the Covid-19 social and physical distancing requirements we are establishing an online training solution for our Practical Allergen Management Workshop planned for the 29 May 2020.

Please register as normal and further details will be shared.

COVID-19 webpage

Information on the extent of transmission of the Coronavirus and the development of the world’s understanding of the nature of transmission is changing daily. To assist, we are working on collating information that will support the food industry during this time. Check the page regularly for more information:


Our services include Food Fraud Prevention & Food Regulations and Standards

Contact us today for more information.

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