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Regulations on Rice Amended

January 28, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

28 January 2020

Regulations relating to rice kernels to be sold in South Africa have been amended.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the revised regulations in Government Gazette 42968.

They were drawn up in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act and replace regulations published in 2014.

The Regulations Relating to the Grading, Packing and Marking of Rice Kernels Intended for Sale in the Republic of South Africa are the minimum standards applicable to grain or kernels of brown rice and white rice, parboiled or non-parboiled rice, and speciality rice intended for sale in South Africa.

They do not apply to other products derived from rice and ready-to-eat products.

The amended regulations focus on restriction on the sale of rice; quality standards; containers, packing and marking requirements; methods of inspection; determination of other substances and grain composition; determination of defective kernels; moisture content and offences and penalties.

In terms of quality standards, rice is graded as premium, value and standard grades.

The regulations come into effect six months after the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Notice 16, the South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC) has drawn up revised fees for the red meat industry for 2020.

SAMIC is the designated assignee tasked with applying the Regulations regarding the Classification and Marking of Meat intended for Sale in the Republic of South Africa at all red meat abattoirs who participate in the voluntary classification and marking of meat system.

Abattoir Service Fees for High Throughput abattoirs stands at R 4,805.22 per month while Low Throughput abattoirs will pay R 3,058.26 per month.

Fees for the auditing of quality indication marks stands at R4,108.07 per audit for Farm Audits – Woolworths; R3,064.61 for feedlot audits; R2,427.19 for Deboning Plant Audits; R 594.32 for Franchise Audits and R 594.32 for Wholesale Audits.

In a separate matter, the Wine and Spirit Board has published, in Gazette 42967, two notices of application for the defining of a production area:

• Notice 2 – notice of application for the defining of a production area Helderberg-Stellenbosch (ward) – application by Uva Mira Vineyards (Pty) Ltd to produce Wine of Origin.
• Notice 3 – notice of application for the defining of a production area Vlottenburg (ward) – application by Vlottenburg Boerdery (Edms) Bpk to produce Wine of Origin.

Objections to both applications can be submitted within 30 days of date of publication.