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Compulsory Specification for Canned Meat Products Amended

September 6, 2019

Department of Trade and Industry

6 September 2019

The Compulsory Specification for Canned Meat Products (VC 8019) has been amended.

The trade and industry department published the amendment in Government Gazette 42684 in terms of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) Act.

The Compulsory Specification applies to the manufacture, production, processing and treatment of hermetically sealed (canned) meat products.

According to the notice, Compulsory Specifications set down “product characteristics and/or their related processes and production methods, including the applicable administrative provisions, with which compliance is mandatory”.

All canned meat products offered for sale need to comply with the requirements of the Compulsory Specification.

Canned meat products must be marked in accordance with the requirements of the latest edition of SANS 1675 and need to include the official factory/processing facility number issued by the NRCS.

As regards imported products, a factory/processing number/code applicable in the country of origin must be made available to the NRCS.

Approvals granted in respect of canned meat products to the factory/processing facility can be withdrawn at any time without prior notice, if compliance with the requirements of the Compulsory Specification has not been maintained.

The amended Compulsory Specification comes into effect six months from the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the economic development department, in Gazette 42691, announced that a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is in place between the Competition Commission and the Independent Communications Authority.

The MOA is designed to coordinate the exercise of concurrent jurisdiction powers when taking decisions; ensure that a consistent interpretation and application of the principles of competition is applied; ensure consultation on definition of markets for electronic communications, broadcasting and postal services and determining whether there is effective competition in these markets, and undertaking enquiries regarding dominance or significant market power in such markets and ensure transfer of information on the electronic communications markets.

In Gazette 42684, the department listed mergers approved by the Competition Tribunal.

Approved mergers include the acquisition of Freshworld Holdings (Pty) Ltd by Interaction Market Services Holdings (Pty) Ltd; Rental Enterprises Comprising of Three Shopping Centre by Vukile Property Fund LTD; TWISP (Pty) Ltd by British American Tobacco Holdings South Africa (Pty) Ltd and Klein Karoo International (Pty) Ltd by Cape Karoo (Pty) Ltd (Previously Ostrich Skins (Pty) Ltd).

In Notice 467, the department announced that the Tribunal received a complaint from the Competition Commission against Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (Pty) Ltd.

In a separate matter, the portfolio committee on trade and industry has been informed that the protectionist strategy for the sugar industry needs to be phased out in favour of one based on competitiveness.

In a statement, the committee confirmed that the trade and industry department highlighted the need for the “sugar industry to diversify its product offerings to include ethanol, using sugarcane for co-generation of electricity and bio-based plastic products, among other things”.

A diversification plan to address the short-term challenges facing small-scale cane growers and to develop a long-term strategy for the sugar industry is under construction.

The department wants regulations to be amended by 31 March 2020 to replace current transitional provisions in the interests of transformation in the industry.