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Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act Under the Spotlight

May 5, 2020

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

The comment period on the proposed update to Schedule 1 of the Meat Safety Act has been extended.

The agriculture, land reform and rural development department published the call for comment on the update in Government Gazette 43050 on 28 February 2020.

Comment was originally set at 60 days from the date of publication.

Schedule 1 lists the animals to which the act applies.

Included are genus and common species.

In a statement, the department pointed out that the act applies only to animals that have been listed in Schedule 1, and any animal not covered in the Schedule is, therefore, not regulated by the act.

“The implication of this is that animals that are not listed in the Schedule may be slaughtered without any regulatory oversight in terms of meat safety, as stipulated in the Meat Safety Act and its regulations.”

The department adds that it and competent provincial authorities cannot enforce the legislation on animals not listed and, therefore, anyone can slaughter such an animal without conformity to any standards.

The department emphasizes that the listing of an animal in the Schedule does not encourage the slaughter of the listed animals.

“Contrary to some misconceptions regarding the purpose of the amendment of the schedule, the addition of more animals to the list will allow the regulators to have more control on how animals are slaughtered for human and animal consumption.”

Comment is now invited until 30 June 2020.