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  1. Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dr. B. R. Ntshabele Directorate: Food Safety and Quality Assurance Date: 09 September 2014 Food Safety Systems and Border Clearance Procedures for Imports/Exports of Agricultural Products in South Africa (SADC-SA-NZ Trilateral Workshop) Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) Directorate: Food Safety and Quality Assurance Presenter: Boitshoko Ntshabele Date 03 September 2014

  2. GLOBAL FOOD CHAIN

  3. Topics of the presentation Introduction – setting the scene Components of Food Safety system in South Africa Some legislative mandates Regulatory role players Standards setting bodies Private sector partners Food Safety procedures – Imports Agricultural products Food Safety procedures – Exports Agricultural products Challenges in food chains Conclusion – strength of the SA Food Safety System

  4. SAFE FOOD FOR ALL SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOOD LEGISLATION & LAW ENFORCEMENT EDUCATED AND KNOW- LEDGEABLE PUBLIC GMP’S BY PRIMARY PRODUCERS/DISTRIB. ADVICE FOR INDUSTRY/TRADE DISCRIMINATING & SELECTIVE CONSUMERS QA & CONTROL OF PROCESSED FOOD CONSUMER EDUCATION SAFE FOOD PRACTICES IN THE HOME APPROPRIATE PROCESSES AND TECHNOLOGY INFO GATHERING & RESEARCH COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION TRAINED MANAGERS & FOOD HANDLERS PROVIDING HEALTH- RELATED SERVICES ACTIVE CONSUMER GROUPS INFORMATIVE LABEL- LING & CONSUMER EDUC. GOVERNMENT CONSUMERS INDUSTRY/TRADE NATIONAL COMMITMENT TO FOOD SAFETY CAC LEADERSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL CONSENSUS ON FOOD SAFETY ISSUES, POLICY & ACTIONS

  5. 1. INTRODUCTION – setting the scene (The Three Sisters)

  6. 1. INTRODUCTION – setting the scene (Regional And International Trade) WTO AGREEMENTS SPS Agreement • Sanitary measures (food safety - human and animal health) • Phytosanitary measures (plant health) • TBT Agreement • Conformity assessments

  7. INTRODUCTION – setting the scene Equivalence vs ability to meet import requirements Adequate information about consignments (accurate description and other labeling requirements) Responsibilities throughout the food production chain including feed safety Special and differential treatment of developing countries

  8. 2. Components of Food Safety systems in South Africa

  9. South African Food Control System PPECB PVT MIA’s Provinces Provinces & Municipalities DAFF Export of agricultural products Registration of pesticides & stock remedies Meat Hygiene, Import & Export of fresh meat etc SPS Enquiry Point DoH Import, Manufacture, Sale & Export (“Processed Products”) “Food Safety Regs” Nutritional Labelling CODEX Contact Point INFOSAN Emergency Contact Point RASFF Contact Point NRCS Canned and frozen fish/products Fresh seafood Canned meat products (>10%) Imports & Certification of exports TBT Enquiry Point (SABS)

  10. Pillars of Food Safety

  11. 3. Some legislative mandates

  12. 4. Regulatory role players

  13. 4. Standards setting bodies

  14. 6. Functions of the Directorate: Food Safety and Quality Assurance (FSQA) Policy formulation, legislation, norms and standards for fresh fruit, flowers, vegetables, grains, liquor, processed and animal products. Oversight over assignees such as: • Perishable Product Export Control Board (PPECB). • Product Control for Agriculture (Prokon). • South African Meat Industry Company (SAMIC) Ensure consistent/uniform application/interpretation of standards and requirements/regulations, policies and guidelines. Liaison with International organizations such as: • International Standards Organization (ISO) • International Dairy Federation (IDF) • World Trade Organization (WTO) • United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)

  15. 6. Functions of the Directorate: Food Safety and Quality Assurance: (FSQA) - Continued • Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) • The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD) Render an effective analytical service (Two national laboratories: Analytical Services South - Stellenbosch and Analytical Services North - Pretoria)

  16. 7. Food Safety procedures – Imported Agricultural products

  17. SOUTH AFRICAN BORDERS

  18. Specific Requirements for inspections

  19. 8. Food Safety procedures – Exported Agricultural products

  20. Provision made for inclusion of standards set by reputable bodies/countries in National Legislation e.g. MRL’s of Codex, OIE etc Responding to information/requests received from Food Industry and related representative bodies (Consultative and Collaborative) Auditing of different aspects of the system (quality assurance) Responding to information made available by the media, internet, consumer bodies etc. (‘horizon scanning’) RISK MANAGEMENT APPROACH

  21. Science Industry Public Health Consumer Confidence Politics Trade Communication Handling Risk Management and Communication

  22. 9. Challenges in Food Chains

  23. 10. Conclusion – strength of the SA Food Safety system • Ultimately, the strength of South Africa’s food safety system is derived from; • Coordination • Communication and information dissemination • Collaborations • Support