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Invitation : Briefing on R638 Hygiene Regulations and beyond

Invitation: Briefing on R638 Hygiene Regulations and beyond

Free for AIM members.
R100 for non-members

The Agro-Industry Manufacturing Cluster (AIM) has arranged briefings on the new R638 Hygiene Regulations in East London and Port Elizabeth. It will include a discussion on other food safety systems such as BRC, GFSI, FSSC.

East London
Date: Friday, October 12
Time: 11 am
Venue: Border-Kei Chamber of Business, The Hub, Bonza Bay.
RSVP: Christena Cogan: Christena@siyathetha.com

Port Elizabeth
TBA

Background
SA is still suffering the ill-effects of the listeriosis outbreak that has claimed more than 200 lives since the beginning of 2017. According to the World Health Organisation it was the biggest listeriosis outbreak seen anywhere in the world.
The majority of major retailers will not stock product on their shelves if the supplier does not have a documented and audited food safety system in place.

Depending on who the company is wanting to supply and type of industry, one can start at a basic level GFSI system and work their way towards a fully certified HACCP system, such as FSSC 22000 (an ISO system) as the business matures.

Some industries, such as meat processors and abattoirs have additional regulations that they need to comply with, which requires that they have a documented system in place.

The new R638, a compulsory requirement for all food industry, also talks about traceability of product, training of staff in food handling and managers/owners in accredited food safety training.

We are not alone. Five people have died in the US in 2018 due to E. coli-infected romaine lettuce, and New Zealand is culling nearly 130,000 cows to stave off a Mycoplasma bovis epidemic.

In May this year the EU suspended meat imports, mainly poultry, from 20 Brazilian establishments due to what the EU called “deficiencies detected in the Brazilian control systems”.

Agro-Industrial Manufacturing Cluster Eastern Cape