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Food Fortification

Food Fortification

Fortification is the practice of deliberately increasing the content of an essential micronutrient, i.e. vitamins and minerals (including trace elements) in a food, so as to improve the nutritional quality of the food supply...

Trans-Fatty Acids

Trans-Fatty Acids

About Trans-Fatty Acids What are fatty acids? Fatty acids bind to glycerol in molecular chains, and together form the building blocks of fats. These chains may: Vary in length – fatty acid chains are...

Tartrazine

Tartrazine

Tartrazine has been the subject of a considerable amount of publicity over the years. Much of the information given on the subject in the media has been either inaccurate or exaggerated and consumers have,...

Safe Meat

Safe Meat

Introduction Safe meat fulfills an important role in our daily diets by providing many essential nutrients to the body. Unsafe meat with a high bacterial count on the other hand is a major health...

Safe Food Handling

Safe Food Handling

Guidelines For Handling Food In The Home Kitchen hygiene EVERYONE who prepares food in the kitchen, including children and domestic staff, should be taught the basics of personal hygiene and hygienic food preparation. Thorough...

Regulation of Food Safety and Quality in South Africa

Regulation of Food Safety and Quality in South Africa

Access to safe and affordable food is important to humans and animals. Food that carries potential risks can be harmful to health. Consumers expect and deserve protection against risks found in food and therefore...

Protein Alternatives – Pulses And Legumes

Protein Alternatives – Pulses And Legumes

Pulses include beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils, and other pulses. The food group plays an important role as part of healthy, balanced diets. Regular consumption has been linked to disease prevention, including cancer, diabetes and...

Processed Meat in SA

Processed Meat in SA

Cancer and red meat The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is part of the WHO with a mission to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, the mechanisms of...

Plastics Packaging And Food Safety

Plastics Packaging And Food Safety

Are plastic food containers and packaging materials safe? Yes. The plastic materials used to manufacture food contact items conform to the requirements of internationally recognised food and health authorities. The most widely used regulations...