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FASA survey measures franchisee success and satisfaction
FASA survey measures franchisee success and satisfaction

The Franchise Association of South Africa has surveyed franchisees to find out how they are faring and what their challenges are...

20 Oct 2017

SA no longer puts up with shoddy products
SA no longer puts up with shoddy products

Exploding electronic game boxes, melting cellphones, ill-fitting paint-stripper bottle lids, lethal kitchen appliances and faulty cars...

By Graeme Hosken 20 Oct 2017

Separating myths from facts: Understanding food labels and innovation in food production
Separating myths from facts: Understanding food labels and innovation in food production

We have to produce more food with less. This can only be done through innovation and technology in food production, but for many consumers and retailers, innovation and technology are misunderstood...

19 Oct 2017

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Bird flu outbreak sees egg shortage, hefty price increases on the cards for SA

The bird flu outbreak in South Africa has wiped out more than 15% of layer hens and with the resultant shortage of table eggs, comes the prospect of hefty price increases...

18 Oct 2017

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The dairy industry and its food safety challenges

Today modern dairy farming strives to produce milk of high quality, but farming practices evolve, sometimes bringing with them unforeseen and adverse quality consequences to milk itself...

2 Oct 2017

Sell-by dates 'tempered with'
Sell-by dates 'tempered with'

Companies that tamper with sell-by labels can be criminally prosecuted and fined...

By Nico Gous 27 Sep 2017

Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms
Avian flu hits two Quantum Foods farms

Quantum Foods has become the latest major South African poultry producer to report a bird flu outbreak which has affected at least two of its commercial layer farms in the Western Cape...

By Andries Mahlangu 20 Sep 2017

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How safe is the food on your plate?

It can take up to three months or even more for food to travel from the farm to table. “The longer this supply chain, the less control you have over the product and the harder it is to maintain quality and safety.”

19 Sep 2017

rBST-free labelling back on Woolworths milk products
rBST-free labelling back on Woolworths milk products

Woolworths has reintroduced rBST-free labelling onto their milk packaging, starting with all of their fresh Ayrshire milk products...

13 Sep 2017

What comes first: the free-range chicken or the free-range egg
What comes first: the free-range chicken or the free-range egg

Many shoppers buy free-range eggs because they think the eggs are superior, rather than out of explicit concern for the hens' welfare...

By Rachel A. Ankeny and Heather Bray 12 Sep 2017

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Public backs tax on sugary drinks and junk food

Support for the sugar tax has grown in recent months, with a recent survey showing three out of four adult South Africans believe that the government is doing the right thing...

4 Sep 2017

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AGT Foods expands in WC, aims to become top supplier of dry food goods

To accommodate the rapid expansion of AGT Foods in the Western Cape, the AGT Foods Africa Cape Town division recently moved to new premises...

1 Sep 2017

McDonalds to limit use of antibiotics in chicken supply
McDonalds to limit use of antibiotics in chicken supply

McDonalds says it will start globally rolling back use of antibiotics in its chicken products from 2018 as part of efforts to curb microbial resistance to drugs...

25 Aug 2017

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Egg scare costs Dutch poultry farmers EUR33m

Europe's contaminated egg scare, triggered by the presence of the insecticide fipronil in eggs, has cost Dutch poultry farmers at least €33m ($39m), according to a preliminary estimate...

24 Aug 2017

Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain
Contaminated eggs show continuing problems with supply chain

Another food scandal: this time eggs used for making sandwiches and other processed products that contain traces of an insecticide called fipronil...

By Lisa Jack 17 Aug 2017

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Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries update report on HPAI H5N8 outbreak in South Africa

Recently detected outbreaks bring the total number of outbreaks to 16. The department has applied for additional funding to deal with the disease control measures, including compensation where applicable...

15 Aug 2017

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Austria confirms find of tainted egg products

Austria on Monday became the latest European country to confirm that it has found the insecticide fipronil in egg products imported from Germany...

15 Aug 2017

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Avian flu adds more woes to poultry sector

It spreads fast, is deadly to poultry and is potentially extremely costly, especially for an industry that is already reeling from the pressures of competing in global markets...

By Mark Allix 10 Aug 2017

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BAT battered after US call for nicotine reduction

More than R200bn was wiped off the value of British American Tobacco (BAT) shares at one point on Friday...

By Giulietta Talevi 1 Aug 2017

Is franchising services the silver lining in a stagnant economy?
Is franchising services the silver lining in a stagnant economy?

The appeal of franchising is widespread. While other businesses often struggle to keep a positive cash flow in times of stunted economic activity, franchising remains resilient...

By Sybrand Bezuidenhout 25 Jul 2017

Dis-Chem and Clicks remain attractive
Dis-Chem and Clicks remain attractive

While the general retailers' index has sunk 27% from its April 2015 peak, two shares in the sector appear to be proving the so-called "lipstick theory"...

By Giulietta Talevi 20 Jul 2017

Poisoning risk from expired food
Poisoning risk from expired food

A food expert has warned consumers of the dangers of eating expired foods that appear on shop shelves...

By Devon Koen 20 Jul 2017

Developing countries urged to set international food standards
Developing countries urged to set international food standards

The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have issued a joint statement calling on countries to develop international food standards...

19 Jul 2017

Astral doing 'all in its power' to contain bird flu
Astral doing 'all in its power' to contain bird flu

Poultry company Astral has created a "war room" to contain the outbreak of bird flu on its farm in Villiers. The outbreak on Astral's farm was the first of two that have been confirmed...

28 Jun 2017

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Avian influenza H5N8 outbreak confirmed in SA

An outbreak of the highly pathogenic Avian influenza H5N8 - a strain of avian influenza which is believed to be transmitted by wild migratory birds - has been confirmed in the Villiers area in the Free State...

23 Jun 2017

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SA bans poultry imports from Zimbabwe after bird flu outbreak

South Africa has halted poultry imports from Zimbabwe after a recent outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza at a farm in the neighbouring country...

9 Jun 2017

Blockchain seen as tool in food safety
Blockchain seen as tool in food safety

The food industry is turning to the same technology used by virtual currencies to strengthen food safety and inventory management by tracking meats and crops...

6 Jun 2017

Reviewing freedom of choice, as plain packaging tobacco rules considered
Reviewing freedom of choice, as plain packaging tobacco rules considered

Freedom of choice flies out the window when so-called ‘bad' choices can summarily be overruled or interfered with by government...

By Martin van Staden 31 May 2017

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Agri-cleaning trends: Keeping it clean from farm to factory

Improper sanitation can destroy crop and herd and can cost certification, contracts, reputation and a brand. Therefore, cleaning, from farm to factory, matters more than ever in agriculture...

30 May 2017

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Tobacco impedes development

As the world gets ready to observe World No Tobacco Day on 31 May 2017, South Africans are reminded that tobacco and tobacco use continues to be a threat to development...

30 May 2017

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