South Africa to Follow Codex Standards for Food Additives

| South Africa
Posted By: Lionello Sannuto

On November 17, 2016 South African Minister of Health approved in Government Gazette No. 1425 the adoption of the Codex General Standard for Food Additives (GSFA). The changes made by the introduction of this gazette will enter into force on November 17, 2017.


There are certain minor differences in the final regulation, in comparison to the draft regulation initially published by the authorities on which we also wrote in our news one year ago.

A section has been added to the Chapter on the requirements for use of miscellaneous additives in foodstuffs specifying that “The food additives in this Regulation shall include miscellaneous additives provided by the relevant Codex commodity standards.”

Another difference is the addition in the list of the laws that are being repealed: The Regulations Governing the Additives and Amounts as well as Tolerances, for Certain Substances in Wine, other Fermented Beverages and Spirits, Government No. 2870 of December 1981, as amended by the Government Notice No. R. 2171 of 28 September 1984.

Foodstuffs which are manufactured on or before the date of entry into force of this regulation (November 17, 2017) shall be exempted from the requirements of the GFSA.

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