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Regulations Regarding Processed Meat Products Drawn Up

October 7, 2019

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

7 October 2019

Regulations Regarding the Classification, Packing and Marking of Processed Meat Products Intended for Sale in South Africa have been drawn up.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the regulations in Government Gazette 42740.

The regulations were drafted in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act.

Categories of processed meat products to which the regulations apply include whole muscle processed meat products; comminuted processed meat products; reformed processed meat products; coated processed meat products; unspecified processed meat products and geographical Indication processed meat products.

The regulations do not apply to canned meat products; raw (fresh) processed meat products and meat analogue products or non-meat based products such as vegan products.

The regulations focus on restrictions on the sale of processed meat products; categories and classes of processed meat products; general standards for processed meat products; specific compositional standards for processed meat products; requirements for containers and outer containers; marking of containers and outer containers; indicating the appropriate product name; additions to the product name; batch identification; country of origin; obtaining a primary sample and methods of analysis.

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

In Notice 1268 in Gazette 42739, the department published an amendment to the Standards and Requirements Regarding Control of the Export of Canned Fruit.

The amended standards and requirements come into effect seven days after publication of the notice.

In Notice 1269, the department published a Prohibition Regarding the Removal of Imported Regulated Agricultural Products Intended for Sale in South Africa from specified ports of entry.

Products can be removed if they have been inspected, graded, sampled for quality control and approved.

The procedure for an application for inspection and/or removal is set down and the specified ports of entry are listed.

A raft of notices in terms of the Marketing of Agricultural Products Act have also been published in Gazette 42739:

• Notice 1270 – Continuation of statutory measures: records and returns by abattoirs and exporters of live pigs – in effect on 1 November 2019 until 31 October 2022;
• Notice 1271 – Continuation of statutory measure: registration by abattoirs and exporters of live pigs – in effect on 1 November 2019 until 31 October 2022;
• Notice 1272 – Continuation of statutory measure and determination of guideline price: levies relating to pigs – in effect on 1 November 2019 until 31 October 2022.

Meanwhile, in Notice 526, the list of appointees to the South African Veterinary Council was published.

The appointees’ term of office commenced on 1 August 2019.