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What should be on your food labels?

What should be on your food labels?

In 2010 the hard fought battle for food labeling regulations finally became law, with the introduction of regulation R146. As a consumer, its important to know your rights. You have the right to know that a product that does not have the following information on the label should. You have the right to inquire should … Continue reading

What’s the law on labels: Ingredient percentages

What’s the law on labels: Ingredient percentages

A percentage breakdown of ingredients advertised on a label should be listed in their relevant unit of measurement. This should indicate the percentage of the particular nutrient in terms  their NRV (national reference values) or RDA (recommended daily allowance). This requirement is listed under what’s called QID or Quantitative Ingredient Declarations. “Where, in the case … Continue reading

What’s the law on labels: Claims

What’s the law on labels: Claims

Until recently consumers have been bombarded with products professing up to 5 or more health claims on their front packaging. You may have noticed these claims slowly but surely disappearing as producers become compliant with the new labeling laws. Statements such as “high fiber”, “sugar free” and “low fat” must now be substantiated by nutritional content. While … Continue reading

What’s the Law on Labels: Origin

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) specifies that all products sold in South Africa must specify the country or countries of the product’s origin. If all the main ingredients, processing and labor used in used in a products production is from one country, the label will read: ‘Product of (name of country)’ When the product is … Continue reading

What does the term ‘organic’ really mean?

What does the term ‘organic’ really mean?

Organic, it’s a term thrown around like a tennis ball at times. We find the term labelling clothing, fruits, vegetable, meats, wines and more. We know it’s better than a non organic product, but do we know why and what ‘organic’ actually implies? When we are referring to livestock that is certified organic; we are referring to … Continue reading

What’s in a free range egg?

What’s in a free range egg?

Battery farmed eggs are eggs produced by chickens kept in ‘battery cages’. These are cages that confine the chicken to a tiny space which allows very little movement, they generally do not even allow space for the bird to turn. Considering that chickens, generally thought of as ‘bird-brains’, have been proven to be intelligent creatures, … Continue reading

What’s the law on labels: Ingredients

According to the new Consumer Protection Act the laws with regards to labeling of ingredients now specify that all ingredients used in a food product need to be listed on the product. There are however a few exceptions. One being the exception of produce that does not provide many nutrients. Examples of such products include … Continue reading

10 facts about GMO’s in South Africa

10 facts about GMO’s in South Africa

South Africa is the world’s eighth largest producer of genetically modified organisms. No other African country grows GM crops on a commercial basis. Estimates vary, but the general consensus is that 40% of our maize crop, 60% of our soya, and 80% of our cotton are GM varieties. We import GM maize and soya from Argentina and the … Continue reading

What are Genetically Modified Foods?

What are Genetically Modified Foods?

Genetically modified foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMO). The term GM foods or GMO’s commonly refer to crop plants, bacteria or animals created for human or animal consumption where the organism’s genetic material or DNA has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. This is done by introducing specific … Continue reading