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Regulations on Grading, Packing and Marking of Table Olives Drawn Up

August 7, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

Draft Regulations Relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking of Table Olives in South Africa have been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the Draft Regulations in Government Gazette 43571 for comment.

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

The Draft Regulations apply to table olives intended for sale in South Africa to which and under circumstances in which a prohibition in terms of Section 3 of the act regarding the sale of table olives apply.

The Draft Regulations focus on restrictions on the sale of table olives; grades of table olives; general standards for table olives; standards for grades of table olives; types of table olives; styles of table olives; packing media; minimum fill of containers; packing and containers; marking requirements and sampling and inspection.

The Draft Regulations refer to three grades of table olives, namely Extra Choice Grade, Choice Grade and Standard Grade.

In terms of types of table olives, they are classified as green olives, olives turning colour and black olives.

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