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Stricter food laws coming

2012-02-11 14:39

Cape Town - South Africans can expect the introduction of laws restricting fatty acids and salt content in food, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Saturday.

Speaking at a meeting of editors in Cape Town, he outlined his ministry's intentions to make South Africans healthier and to help them live longer.

He also highlighted the destruction caused by "non-communicable" diseases.

"If we don't act [including on HIV, tuberculosis, maternal and child death rates and violent deaths] our life expectancy by 2016 will be back to what it was in 1965," he said.

Key factors in these non-communicable diseases were smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diets, and a lack of exercise.

"Countries must make laws to deal with these issues... We will be making a lot of noise about these during the year."

On South Africans' poor diet, Motsoaledi made it clear fats and salt --"much beloved by the food industry, but hated by our hearts" -- would be targeted.

With a global population of 0.7%, South Africans carried more than one percent of the burden of non-communicable diseases. This was two to three times higher than the average for developing countries.

"We need to control fatty acids ...we need to control salts, such as brine in chicken and salt in bread, cereals and soups," Motsoaledi said.

"We need laws to reduce the levels of these things in our food... If we have to go to Parliament to legislate it, we will."

Comments
  • Settie Zuweni - 2012-02-11 15:06

    The best food law is your mind . Control your eating habits , no one is forced to eat fatty , salty foods !

      John - 2012-02-12 11:39

      Settie, Do you know what is the content of sodium in maize? Munna...and all your thumbs ups...You don't know what you are eating.

      Winsome - 2012-02-12 14:16

      @Settie - have you ever read the ingredients on foods you buy? The bad ones are not in your mind man, they are in those foods. The large corporate food companies are making a lot of money putting absolute rubbish into their foods which we all buy. Glad to see some restrictions are on the way.

  • Piet - 2012-02-11 15:29

    Not sure what the 'Gawamant' is keeping themselves busy with. Priority should be food security first...Eish

      Max - 2012-02-12 08:14

      That is just the problem, they keep themselves busy with eating, just look at them. Maybe he must get out a bit more and see that there are millions of South Africans that actually need a bit of fatting up. Not everyone in the country looks like his fat counterparts and their families.

  • Genesistt - 2012-02-11 15:29

    So much for my right to choose what I can do with my own body.

  • WE - 2012-02-11 15:30

    Get rid of the GMO food , then everyone will be healthier

      brendonml - 2012-02-11 16:50

      the thumb downs are from the GMO farmers and their families.

      WE - 2012-02-11 17:08

      If only they knew how unsustainable GMO farming is, and that nothing else will ever grow on that piece of land again. Total dependence on the seeds. With that comes the price hikes in the GMO seeds. Not even talking about the cancers it create and sterilisation

      brendonml - 2012-02-11 20:32

      Round Up Mealies, yum!

  • Chuma - 2012-02-11 15:37

    A healthy life style, is something of vital importance. However, this topic should not be a main concern for the SA'S government, yes it is a concern but there are greater and more important things that our government should be looking at.

  • Nicholas - 2012-02-11 15:40

    We are well on to our way to becoming a nanny state, copying the UK's every move.

  • Ben - 2012-02-11 15:51

    When you have learnt about this in school and read about it all the time you certainly dont need laws. Education might be a better idea.

  • Charmaine Paterson - 2012-02-11 15:58

    If he is as concerned as he says why doesn't he ban tobacco altogether? Oh, I forgot, this unhealthy habit is a huge income from taxation.

      Dennis - 2012-02-11 16:07

      What about banning alcohol ??

      louis.langenhoven - 2012-02-11 16:55

      ag no man Deeteem...red wine is good for the heart, and Red Heart does wonders for the mood

  • Dennis - 2012-02-11 16:10

    Hey Aaron, how about getting all of those huge aunties in parliament to go on diet ? You could put KFC and Nando's out of business if they stop deliveries to 90 Plein Street !!

  • Kathleen - 2012-02-11 16:49

    Three-quarters of the population are without food of any description. The ANC are have made South Africa a third world country and yet want to follow the ridiculous rules of the first world countries - first the prohibition on smacking your child and now the prohibition on smacking your lips. Get your priorities right - feed the starving and then worry about what is healthy and what is not. It will be interesting to see how many MPs lose weight!!!

      Evaline - 2012-02-11 19:30

      Well said Kathleen! It's also interesting to note that the ridiculous food related regulations in many first world countries haven't done much to curb the obesity epidemic in those countries.

  • Kathleen - 2012-02-11 16:54

    There are too many laws - what will be the punishment for disobeying this one? - Stephen

      Denise - 2012-02-11 19:38

      the more numerous the laws the more corrupt the government

      Pur - 2012-02-12 06:51

      If you break the law, you'll get fatter.

  • Raymond - 2012-02-11 17:14

    Big brother is watching you! Just now we will have hidden cameras in our homes so that the so-called authorities can check your every movement!

  • inwardk - 2012-02-11 17:40

    Frankly there are way too many people on earth already. Way too many old people without the means to pay for their own needs. Let us not find ways to prolong life - it just adds to the overpopulation problem.

  • Hermann - 2012-02-11 17:42

    I love the comparison of South Africa with other developing countries in health matters. None of those countries have health controls as advanced as our degenerating health services. If a true and accurate survey can be done (which is impossible) in any third world country (yes, I use the correct term) we will come last in the disaster line and not first as our expert government is trying to tell us in order to get their stupid laws passed.

  • renesongs - 2012-02-11 18:04

    That's going to go down well with the MacDonald's munching masses (no alteration intended)

      Dumblabrat - 2012-02-12 11:39

      was that alliteration or alteration?

  • JamesBotha1 - 2012-02-11 19:11

    I like this idea and support a healthy Nation.

  • Michael Webster - 2012-02-11 19:43

    they should start with our police force have you seen the size of some of them. it is a joke to the criminals

  • Denise - 2012-02-11 19:54

    Clueless Health Minister said "If we don't act [including on HIV, tuberculosis, maternal and child death rates and violent deaths] our life expectancy by 2016 will be back to what it was in 1965" From 1948 to 1994 our average life expectancy was 64 years — Life expectancy now is 48, a devastating drop since apartheid.

      Matthew Patrick - 2012-02-11 20:12

      I'm just asking here but wasn't it higher in the early 60s from the last few years of smallpox and polio?

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-02-11 20:14

    It'll help reduce the burden that the NHI is going to bring.

  • Gemma-Leigh Evans - 2012-02-12 04:15

    I'm all for a healthier nation, but you can't control what people eat. The government is there to provide structure to the country and protect it and help it grow. That's the full extent of its function. Controlling what consumers eat is taking it a bit too far. Next a dress code will be legalized, inspectors will regularly enforce that your home always remain clean, couples will be forced into counselling as a means to prevent violent murders, everyone will be expected to put in a certain amount of hours in the gym daily (and guess what, we will most likely get taxed on that too)...the point is, where does it end? To force McDonald's to perhaps label their packaging with the contents of the meal helps us make an informed decision, but to take out its core ingredients simply changes the taste altogether and could very well be the end of the industry altogether. As for first world countries being healthier? I'm sorry but isn't obesity one of America's biggest problems currently?! To name the country we seem specifically intent on copying as a nation.

  • Lorna Pearce - 2012-02-12 07:38

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-02-12 09:53

    We don't have self control that's why we allow government to take control. We are a nation of expected hand outs and self pitty. so I guess eat yourself to death. We are a time bomb. Stop eating bread and meat (you only eat bread cause we lazy). Eat vegetables/fruit all day.

      Shadho - 2012-02-18 17:49

      hahah what fruit Lauden? what fruit and vegetables?? Cause there is NO WTO (World Trade Organisation)fully approved veg and fruit in the RSA which Legislates on Organics which is an accepted fact is the healthiest. There is NO Governmental approved Organic Farming in the RSA and or Free Range Farming... It is NOT even Legislated on in the RSA as yet!!. So if you believe you eating Genuine /Real healthy produce's please consider your options. All you eating is commercially produced veg and fruit which could be anything and contain anything. PLEASE DON'T BELIEVE THE LABELS YOU READ AT ALL TIMES,THANK YOU. Not even those of what is believed as the TOP Food Retailer in the RSA. I,m not being nasty and obnoxious here. I know the truth about many issues regarding the F&B industry and what we consume as I work in Food Forensics and YES I have taken the Government and F&B Industry to task and it WILL be resolved real soon or all HELL will break lose in the RSA, when it comes to Food Quality also known as FSQA....Food Safety and Quality Assurance..:))

  • Ever - 2012-02-12 10:15

    Perhaps he should concentrate first on the health of his hospitals. Like making sure that suppliers are paid on time, that there are adequate stocks of medicines and foods, and trained, caring and competent people to care the sick in clean, safe and up-to date facilities. That would have a far more lasting effect on the health of the nation than nanny-state type laws.

  • Shadho - 2012-02-18 17:20

    ITS TOO LATE FOR TEARS AND BLAH BLAH MR MINISTER...TOOO LATE FOR YOU AND YOUR FOOD CONTROL DIRECTORATE. YOU HAVE KNOWN ABOUT ALL THIS FOR YEARS. YOU HAVE ONE COMPLAINANT THAT HAS ALREADY TAKEN YOU TO TASK LEGALLY, LONG BEFORE YOU MADE THESE STATEMENTS SIR. YES IT IS AN ELECTION YEAR HUH.lmaoooo... TOO LATE MINISTER AND THE MORE YOU TALK THE TALK AND NOT DO THE WALK..THE WORSE IT GETS DAILY. YOU AND YOUR DEPARTMENT AS A WHOLE AND FLAG AND SAFFOST AND THE CGC AND THE NCC AND THE REST. YOU ALL IN THE SAME AND IN THE SAME BOAT AND ITS SINKING FASTER THAN YOU THINK. REAL SOON THE POPULATION ARE GOING TO KNOW THE TRUTH. THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH ABOUT WHATS GOING ON IN THE F&B INDUSTRY AS A WHOLE FOR MORE YEARS IMAGINABLE. THE CURRENT REGIME TOOK CHARGE OF SOUTH AFRICA 18 YEARS AGO AND HAVE DONE SO LITTLE,ITS NOT WORTH MENTIONING WHEN IT COMES TO FOOD AND BEVERAGE, LEGISLATION AND CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT MATTERS IN SOUTH AFRICA, SIR!! DENY THIS AT YOUR OWN PERIL!! OH BY THE WAY SIR. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH APARTHEID. YOU AND YOUR GOVERNMENT BRAGGED ABOUT FREEDOM AND A NEW BEGINNING FOR SOUTH AFRICA HUH... WELL SIR AND RESPECTFULLY...THE CLOCK HAS TICKED UP......NO I,M NOT SENSATIONALIZING THIS OR LOOKING FOR ATTENTION SIR. I AM THE COMPLAINANT IN SO MANY ISSUES THAT WONT EVER RUN AWAY AND I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER, TO SAVE MYSELF AND THE POPULATION. YOU HAVE OPENED PANDORA'S BOX SIR, SOMETHING YOU HAVE TRIED TO KEEP SHUT.BUT ALAS YOU WERE SO WRONGGGG!!!

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