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National Assembly approves sugar tax
National Assembly approves sugar tax

The bill providing for the implementation of a tax on sugary beverages - the health promotion levy - was passed by the National Assembly on Tuesday...

13 hours ago

Bills on 'sugar tax' and tax exemption adopted in Parliament
Bills on 'sugar tax' and tax exemption adopted in Parliament

Parliament's finance committee has adopted bills on a health promotion levy and amending the tax exemption for income earned by South Africans working abroad...

By Linda Ensor 10 Nov 2017

Consumer rights trump retail policies
Consumer rights trump retail policies

Those little presticked notices of 'if you break this, consider it sold' or the 'seven-day return policy' that you are so kindly informed of when you return the toy that broke on day one, have no basis...

8 Nov 2017

Clampdown on illegal liquor trade in Northern Cape
Clampdown on illegal liquor trade in Northern Cape

Ten illegal liquor outlets that were found to be operating without licences were shut down during a blitz inspection operation that took place in Kuruman and surrounding areas...

31 Oct 2017

Dodgy liquor sold in townships
Dodgy liquor sold in townships

Cheap alcoholic drinks with vague labels and unspecified contents are being sold in townships in violation of liquor laws...

By Laura Bratton 23 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

Propak Cape to showcase latest in packaging, processing, printing and plastics
Propak Cape to showcase latest in packaging, processing, printing and plastics

The Propak Cape exhibition, taking place from 24-26 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will showcase the latest innovations in packaging...

6 Oct 2017

Union hopes to land 18% stake in Coca-Cola bottler
Union hopes to land 18% stake in Coca-Cola bottler

Katishi Masemola, general secretary of the Food and Allied Workers' Union, is hoping his members will bag an 18% stake in Coca-Cola Beverage South Africa (CCBSA), the largest Coca-Cola bottler in SA...

By Ann Crotty 29 Sep 2017

AB InBev shares climb after Competition Tribunal conditional approval to SAB deal
AB InBev shares climb after Competition Tribunal conditional approval to SAB deal

Anheuser-Busch InBev's share price gained 2.3% to R1,620 after the Competition Tribunal conditionally approved Atlanta-based Coca-Cola's acquisition of SAB's shares in Coca Cola Beverage Africa (CCBA)...

By Robert Laing 28 Sep 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

Food labelling pact aims to cut food waste
Food labelling pact aims to cut food waste

Many of the world's largest retailers and food companies have agreed to better labelling of products by 2020 in a bid to radically cut food waste...

21 Sep 2017

Western Cape takes a sober look at ways to curb drinking
Western Cape takes a sober look at ways to curb drinking

It's going to be much harder to buy a beer in Cape Town if the Western Cape government has its way...

By Katharine Child 21 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

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Beef supplier and juice maker agree not to compete - in contravention of competition law

Two companies - a beef supplier and a juice maker - have been referred by the Competition Commission to the Commission Tribunal after it was found they signed agreements not to compete with each other...

By Penwell Dlamini 14 Sep 2017

Shoprite found guilty of reckless lending
Shoprite found guilty of reckless lending

The National Consumer Tribunal has handed down judgement that finds Shoprite guilty of reckless lending...

6 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

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

Pioneer Foods develops focus on reducing sugar and salt
Pioneer Foods develops focus on reducing sugar and salt

Pioneer Foods is part of the voluntary healthy food options industry initiative, being coordinated by the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa...

24 Aug 2017

Amendment to Liquor Products Act widely welcomed
Amendment to Liquor Products Act widely welcomed

The Liquor Products Amendment Bill has been widely welcomed by alcohol industry players who say it will go a long way to curbing illicit trade...

By Bekezela Phakathi 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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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

Is BAT going up in smoke?
Is BAT going up in smoke?

The warm glow of market sentiment usually reserved for highly profitable cigarette giant British American Tobacco has been stubbed out...

8 Aug 2017

Retrenched poultry workers top summit's agenda
Retrenched poultry workers top summit's agenda

The FairPlay Social Support Summit focused on the impact of dumped chicken imports, particularly on industry workers and rural subsistence chicken farmers...

7 Aug 2017

The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poor
The global food system still benefits the rich at the expense of the poor

While global trade has helped lift many out of poverty, it has not done so evenly. A new way of engaging with the complexity of food systems is needed...

By Laura Pereira 31 Jul 2017

New customs valuation on goods imported under franchise agreements
New customs valuation on goods imported under franchise agreements

Importers in South Africa should be aware of the new customs valuation development affecting goods imported under franchise agreements, as this could affect the price they pay for the goods...

By Virusha Subban, Lee-Ann Annandale and Busisiwe Vil 24 Jul 2017

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Cartel conduct under investigation in Kenya

Leniency for cartel conduct in Kenya has unique elements, according to pan-African law firm Bowman's...

24 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

TFG now joins the club
TFG now joins the club

In an industry battling to hold onto customers as the economy stalls, club fees have been something of a consolation prize for the country's retailers...

17 Jul 2017

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