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Are there Free Range Products in SA?

08 November 2011, 07:11

Whilst it's a known and seemingly obvious fact that the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries and the Department of Health in South Africa are the primary custodians and regulating authorities for the Food and Beverage Industry as a whole. There are also other Governmental Departments accountable for F&B Food safety and quality control.

With citizens becoming more health conscious and ever more suspicious of food safety and quality assurance in the RSA.

There are those that have the financial ability to convert to consuming what is advertised, marketed and sold as Free Range or Organic Farmed and produced products.

Which is/are purportedly far superior in quality/safety to "normal" commercially produced products of the same name /description available. Hence the difference in Cost.

But ALAS!!  There is NO official Governmental Legislation for Products Labelled as Free Range and or Organic. Not only is there NO official legislation. There is NOT even official Draft legislation placed before the public for comment and consideration at this time.

Note:  Any citizen or citizens have a full right to attend briefing meetings and comment on pending Draft legislation.  Draft Legislation in this instance, that has been considered for at least 5 years. Yet still not tabled.

So what substantiated proof is there that products already on shelves and in /on foods are indeed Free Range and or Organic as advertised in South Africa?

But once again those Food & Beverage Companies, Groups and Individuals but not limited to these. That are aware there is NO legislation.

Have again selfishly immorally and unethically  pre - empted  official approved and implemented Legislation. By advertising, marketing and selling NON Governmental approved Free Range and or Organic Products. With scant and utter disregard / concern or interest in a customer/s and or consumer/s right to make informed and educated decisions as to what they may or not consume.

Decisions based on Truth, Trust and Belief in whoever is involved in the supply chain of food and or beverage products to themselves.

Whilst the Government has once again been taken to task for allowing/condoning this. Which can only be deemed/considered a fraudulent and disrespectful / despicable business mannerism/s against unsuspecting citizens. To say the least.

The crux of the matter once again in South Africa is.

Should Citizens allow this fraud, contempt, and abuse to continue unabated once again against them. By the Immoral, Unethical Food and Beverage Industry and Government in South Africa?

Would this fraud and abuse South African citizens are expected to tolerate regarding food safety and quality matters and issues. Be tolerated by citizens of any other 1st world or other leading developing country. To the extent WE South African citizens are expected to accept/except?? I believe NOT!

Are WE that different to citizens of the World!! Or is it a simple case of this is AFRICA once again.

Where there are NO mere /ordinary citizens rights. No civil rights. Being Legal, constitutional or otherwise?

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