Safe Food 4 All

BY Clarice Oelofse

There are always two sides to a story – the consumer’s side and the food manufacturer’s side.


Side of the Story #1: The Consumer:

The consumer has a right to eat safe food. In other words, they have a right to eat food that is safe for human consumption. The consumer also has a right to information on the product (labelling).


Is this not common sense?

Surely, you don’t want to go to a doctor who is not qualified, or obtain legal advice from an attorney who never passed the Bar Exam? Why should buying a product from XYZ be any different?


Side of the Story #2: The Supplier


Excuse # 1SolutionDetails
“It is too expensive”Obtain Funding

SEDA – ask for funding to implement a QMS.

Go to your SETA to obtain funding for training.

"It is too much paperwork" Invest in a QAFind an even-tempered, admin oriented, strict person to assist you with the process. Work is scarce in SA, there are people willing to work. Train the staff using your grant money.
"It is not important"Know the factsCPA: A fine greater of R 1,000,000 or 10% of total turnover. Or 10 years in prison.

Unfortunately, the retailers will blame the supplier if something does go wrong.

"We have been doing it like this for years"Know the advantages of implementing a solid FSMS 

Benefits include:

  • Traditional food management systems are reactive to food hazards. A Food Safety Plan applies a preventive approach to minimize food hazards.
  • Minimise the limitations of traditional food management systems such as end-product testing and inspection
  • Improves consumers’ confidence in the product
  • Improves company’s image
  • Decreased risk of food poisoning
  • Lowers production cost on raw material wastage 
  • Lower rate of food recalls
  • Improves recognition as supplier of choice
"We don't have the time"Outsource the system & educate yourself plus your staff (to optimise production) A consultant and dedicated QA can help you with this.
"We don't have enough staff"Try and see the bigger pictureAs your company will grow and expand, you will have to employ more staff. All grants are geared towards job creation, so hiring more staff will be in your best interest. E.g. R70 000 worth of funding for every job created - sounds worthwhile?


Take a deep breath, rid yourself of chicken vision and look at it with your eagle eyes.


This is what you do:

QMS  (FSMS) Implementation: Go to SEDA. They also assist with HR and Marketing.



Building, Alterations & Machinery: Go to the DTi. Contact a service provider who specialises in securing funds from DTi. They normally charge about R10 000 to submit an application, but (if the provider is reputable) should have a 99% success rate. Remember, this is what they do for a living.



Staff Training: Go to your local SETA. SETA’s fund Skills Programmes as part of the Discretionary Grants. Most DG’s are still open, or will open shortly.




 September 20, 2014
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