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 this information not be displayed. You have the right to … Continue reading What Should Be on Your Food Labels?

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 of a foodstuff, the labelling places special emphasis on the … Continue reading What’s the Law on Labels: Ingredient Percentages

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 labels are starting to comply with the regulations not all … Continue reading What’s the Law on Labels: Claims

Products Available on South African Store Shelves Containing GMO’s

According to the this article (click to view)  the following unlabelled food’s have tested positive for GMO’s: Nestle’s Infant cereal, Cerelac Honey Bokomo’s Wheat Free Pronutro Futurelife Energy meal. Impala maize meal A few items we have noted as labelled ‘may contain genetically modified organisms’ found at your local stores and which many mom’s view as ‘safe’: Jungle oats energy bars Snacker bars Mini cheddars Jack o … Continue reading Products Available on South African Store Shelves Containing GMO’s

Understanding the Difference Between Grain Fed vs Grass Fed

According to a number of resources; most of the public do not currently grasp the difference between the terms ‘grass fed’ and ‘grain fed’. Grain fed animals are generally those raised in lots, which restrict the animal, making it easier to fatten them up as quickly as possible. Their fodder is often non-organic, consisting of mainly genetically modified grains or soy, occasionally even containing animal … Continue reading Understanding the Difference Between Grain Fed vs Grass Fed

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 processed in a secondary country that changes the nature of … Continue reading What’s the Law on Labels: Origin

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 animals who have been raised ‘free range’, and have been … Continue reading What Does the Term ‘Organic’ Really Mean?