By Nomzamo Ngcobo
All premises processing or handling food must apply for a Certificate of Acceptance for Food Premises, according to the Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements for Food Premises and the Transport of Food (R962) promulgated under the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 1972).
In a bid to encourage business owners to comply with the act, and alert the community members about the importance of safety and certification of food premises, the City of Tshwane’s Health and Social Development department will embark on a Food Awareness Campaign tomorrow. The campaign will be held at the Denlyn Shopping Centre in Mamelodi West, Tshwane from 9.30 am in the morning.
The municipality’s Director of Media Relations, Lindela Mashigo says the campaign is not only aimed benefiting the consumers but it is also aimed at encouraging business owners to proudly display their certificates that show that their premises comply with the legal requirements.
“Consumers have the right to safe and healthy food and this can be achieved by buying food strictly from premises that have a displayed Certificate of Acceptability that certifies the premises as safe to buy from,” he says.