Welcome to the Food Advisory Consumer Service (FACS)

The Food Advisory Consumer Service (FACS) was established in 1995 to provide the consumer and the media with correct and relevant information on a variety of food and nutrition issues. Consumers are often confused with myths and sensational misinformation about food and diets. The explosion of the internet and social media has fuelled misinformation about food facts. FACS offers free access to food facts and nutritional information.

The Food Advisory Consumer Service (FACS) information is sourced from local and overseas food and nutrition professionals and credible science-based organisations. FACS is run voluntarily and administered and funded by the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) – a non-profit, scientific organisation for food and other science professionals in South Africa.

A committee representing the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST), the South African National Consumer Union (SANCU), the Association for Dietetics in South Africa (ADSA), the Nutrition Society of South Africa (NSSA) and the Department of Health, Directorate Food Control is responsible for managing and running FACS.

Looking for a reliable source of food information or confused by many food and nutrition issues? Come to FACS for food facts and nutrition information that is based on scientific research. Our website covers topics that range from Acrylamide to Waste, Obesity to Dietary Fibre, Sell By Dates to Best Before Dates, and many more. The Food Advisory Consumer Service (FACS), for your food facts and nutritional information needs!

Labelling Regulations R3337

A new version of the draft Labelling Regulations R3337 was published on 21st April. Please find the link to the draft on the SAAFoST website: www.saafost.org.za

Substantiated comments by all stakeholders need to be submitted by 21st July 2023 to:

The Director-General of Health, Private Bag X828, Pretoria, 0001 (for the attention of the Director: Food Control), by email to foodcontrol@health.gov.za

Articles include:

Calcium in Nutrition and Health

Regulation of Food Safety and Quality in South Africa

Protein Alternatives – Pulses & Legumes


Food Additives

Cold Chain