To effectively address the national need for a “food-secure” future, all key aspects governing food safety should be addressed.

Food safety hazards that affect food security and how these can be best managed (SAFETY)

Food safety is a minimum requirement for any national food security programme. Food must be produced, transported, stored and prepared in a safe wholesome way that secures the safety of the final product without compromising public health.  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 objectives of this research programme are to:

  1. Determine the level of food safety in informal markets
  2. Determine the level of food safety in a typical food insecure household
  3. Build a knowledge platform to facilitate dissemination of information related to food safety

Food Safety Hazard Detection and Diagnosis

Buiding the Knowledge Platform

Fresh Produce Safety

Multi-level Government

Animal Product Safety

Professor Lise Korsten

Lise.Kosten@up.ac.za

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