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?

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?

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, capable of grasping complex mental concepts including ‘cause and effect’ … Continue reading What’s in a Free Range Egg?

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 coffee, alcohol and spices. Labeling on meats, poultry and seafood … Continue reading What’s the Law on Labels: Ingredients