Food Control

Millions of people in the world fall ill and many die as a result of eating unsafe food. In 2000 the World Health Organisation (WHO) recognised food safety as an essential public health function.

The food control section within the department is responsible for ensuring the safety of food in South Africa. This service is based on the basic needs of communities and the right of South Africans to make informed food choices without being misled.

The main functions of food control include to –

  • Administer food legislation. This includes developing and publicising regulations for food safety, food labelling and related matters as well as developing technical guidelines where necessary
  • Inform, educate and communicate to industry, consumers, the media, government departments and other stakeholders about food safety and related matters
  • Audit and support Port Health Services in the provinces related to the control of imported foodstuffs. Audit and support Municipal Health Services in metros and district municipalities related to law enforcement, monitoring, information, education and communication and other activities
  • Evaluate risk assessments related to agricultural chemicals and food produced through biotechnology for the departments of agriculture and forestry and fisheries
  • Co-ordinate routine and specific food monitoring programmes and attend to food safety alerts
  • Act as South Africa’s National Contact Point for the joint FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) and the European Union Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF)
  • Convene or serve on national and international bodies that deal with food control matters.
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Regulations governing the maximum limits for pesticide residues that may be present in Foodstuffs Amendment No.4388 16 February 2024DOWNLOAD
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List of Registered Fortification Mix Manufacturers / Suppliers / Importers - 17 November 2023DOWNLOAD
Poster - 5 keys to safer food (English)DOWNLOAD
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Poster - 5 keys to safer food (Setswana)DOWNLOAD
Poster - 5 keys to safer food (Tshivenda)DOWNLOAD
Poster - 5 keys to safer food (isiXhosa)DOWNLOAD
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Poster - 5 keys to safer food (SeSotho)DOWNLOAD
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Poster - 5 keys to safer food (Xitsonga)DOWNLOAD
(ACT No.54 OF 1972)
Regulations Relating to the Labelling And Advertising of Foodstuffs

Labelling Regulations for Comment DOWNLOAD
Food Labelling GuidelinesDOWNLOAD
Nutrient Profile Software programme DOWNLOAD

Contact Us

FOOD RECALLS & EMERGENCIES (as per R638/2018):

Director: Food Control – Penny Campbell: 012 3958799 / 0723736441

Whatsapp 0723736441 /0823885242

1. Chemical Safety: (Toxicology)
Additives, Contaminants, Packaged water and Soft Drinks Regulations
Deputy Manager: Ms YM Tsiane
tel. (012) 395-8779 / 063 680 2976
(012) 395-9422 / 063 680 2766

Genetic Modification (GM); Pesticides, MRLs
Deputy Manager: Ms A Madzivhandila
(012) 395-9359 / 063 680 2565

2. Regulatory Nutrition & Interagency Matters:
Manager – Malose Daniel Matlala
WHO, FAO, AU, other Depts etc.
Tel: 012 395 8789 – Cellular: 079 6933632

2.1. Nutritional Labelling, General Labelling
Deputy Manager: Ms N Hoosen
(012) 395-9754
Medical Biological Scientist
(012) 395-8174 / 063 680 2623

2.2. Codex Office: Codex, SPS, TBT
Tel: 012 395 8789/9270 – Cellular: 079 6933632

3. Biological Safety & Programme Support:

3.1. Biological Safety:
Food Hygiene, HACCP, Microbiological matters, Irradiation, Emergency matters (EU RASFF)
Deputy Manager: Ms SY Parring
Tel: 012 395 8785 / 063 680 2959

3.2. Programme Support:
Training requests/FCC meetings/General Enquiries & IEC/Webpage/Media materials/laboratory testing/Monitoring
Mr SC Thabethe
Tel: 012 395 8790 / 063 680 0878

4. Any other query or assistance:

Contact/refer to Ms E Pienaar /Ms EM Mampheko
Tel: 012 3958800 / 012 3959740


Access to our Webpage for all Legislation and Guidelines:

Please note the page is under re-construction and that not all links have been reactivated.

(Contact Mr SC Thabethe as per above)

Important Contacts

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    • 0800 567 567

Mental Health Information Line

    • 0800 333 0555

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    • 0800 20 14 144 14

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