The most important challenge in the agri-food sector in South Africa remains the general lack of a ‘safe food’ mind-set. Additionally, the fact that South Africa still does not have a national food safety authority further complicates effective regulation and control. If food, and particularly fresh produce, is not handled, stored, distributed and prepared correctly, it can become contaminated with microbial pathogens, it will deteriorate in quality and nutritional value, rot and no longer be fit for human consumption. This, in essence, will contribute to food waste and contribute to food insecurity. Therefore assuring safe quality food for all is an integral part of any national food security programme.
The Programme Principal Investigator for this programme is:
- Professor Lise Korsten of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at UP, and Co-Director of the CoE.