Listeria monocytogenes is a foodborne pathogen that is widely dispersed in the environment; it is found in soil, water and plant material, and can grow at refrigeration temperature and at unfavourable conditions of pH (up to pH 4.7) and salt (up to 10%). It can persist in the harsh conditions of the food processing environment from which it can contaminate food.
The last time when we saw a negative purchase figure (compared to the same month in the previous year) was in April 2014. Unprecedented proportions of growth was recorded in the second half of 2014 and it slowed down as from the second half of 2015.
November 2015 is the first month for which a lower intake (than the same month in the previous year) is reported again.
On 18 February 2014, Edith Vries, Director-general of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, said the country’s three year long suspension of being a zone free of the disease had been lifted and South Africa’s foot and mouth disease-free status reinstated.
As part of the ongoing negotiations with the European Union in respect of the Economic Partnership Agreement which include South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Angola, the EU applied in terms of the South African law (Section 15 of the Merchandise Marks Act), for the exclusive use of specific product descriptions in South Africa.
The application of the EU was published under Government Notice No 66 and 67 of 2014 in the Government Gazette (Gazette number 37296) dated 4 February 2014.
Die Nasionale Produsente Navorsingswerkgroep van Melk SA, het Maandag, 2 Desember sy eerste vergadering gehou. Die werkgroeplede is deur die MPO vanuit sy onderskeie streke genomineer.
Hierdie werkgroep het vorendag gekom met navorsingsvoorstelle wat baie relevant is tot die primêre bedryf, wat ook die mededingendheid van die Suid-Afrikaanse suiwelbedryf in die geheel behoort te bevorder.
Die belangrikse aangeleenthede wat aandag behoort te geniet, is soos volg geïdentifiseer:
The Code of Practice for Milk Producers was recently released.
This initiative of the Dairy Standard Agency, as funded by Milk South Africa, is aimed at supporting the South African primary dairy sector with compliance to all relevant food safety regulatory standards and voluntary standards.
The Code of Practice for Milk Producers is compiled as a systematic approach towards compliance with food safety requirements at primary production level and also address the minimum requirements for export certification at producer level.