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Draft Regulations on Coffee and Tea Drawn Up

August 30, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

30 August 2019

Draft Regulations relating to Coffee, Chicory and Related Products and Tea and Related Products have been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department called for comment on the two sets of proposed regulations in Government Gazette 42669.

The draft regulations were drawn up in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

With regard to the proposed regulations on coffee and chicory, restrictions on the sale of coffee, chicory and related products are set down.

The draft regulations focus on categories of and standards for coffee, chicory and related products; containers; marking requirements; sampling and inspections and offences and penalties.

Standards are set down for various products including roasted coffee beans, coffee (ground or powder), instant coffee, decaffeinated coffee and decaffeinated instant coffee, coffee essence, chicory and pre-mix coffee in powder form.

In terms of the draft regulations on tea and related products, the types of tea listed include black tea, oolong tea, green tea, unspecified tea, decaffeinated tea and premix tea.

The product descriptions for each type of tea are set down.

Other issues under product descriptions include additions to the product description, additional particulars on the container, country of origin, indicating the date marking or batch code or batch number and restricted particulars.

The draft regulations can be viewed at https://www.daff.gov.za/daffweb3/Branches/Agricultural-Production-Health-Food-Safety/Food-Safety-Quality-Assurance/Draft-Legislation-for-Comments

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.