Minister of Health Phaahla to lead World Food Safety Day Commemoration

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Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla together with Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, will on Wednesday, 07 June lead the World Food Safety Day Commemorative event to raise awareness about the importance of proper food handling of food to prevent food contamination which may cause to foodborne diseases such as Cholera, Listeriosis, Salmonella Typhoid and Campylobacter.

The 2023 World Food Safety Day commemoration, in its fifth year, will be celebrated under the theme; “Food standards, save lives” which aims to draw attention and inspire action to help prevent, detect and manage foodborne risks contributing to food security, human health, economic prosperity, agricultural production, market access, tourism and sustainable development.

According to the South African food safety regulatory environment, the food safety mandate is a shared responsibility between the Departments of Health and Agriculture, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) as well as municipalities.

The Department of Health regularly conducts inspections at food business operators such as manufacturers, restaurants and supermarkets to ensure compliance with norms and standards, food storage and proper food handling practices, while the NRCS takes care of canned and frozen products and the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is responsible for food production and processing systems.

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