Food Safety & Food Hygiene

International food safety standards

South African silos can now export grain that fully meets international food safety standards. The system of South African Good Governance Practices regarding food safety is based on the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) system. Export silos are registered at the National Department of Agriculture as a food business operators (FBO) after the required standards and procedures have been phased in at all the silos in accordance with the statutory Food Safety Act of 2005. The silos are audited by PPECB (Perishable Products Export Control Board) to evaluate processes and maintaining documentation on silo level.

Local buyers benefit from food safety

Worldwide processors and consumers prefer to make purchases from companies that can provide peace of mind that their food products comply with high standards. Local buyers of grain and oilseeds thus have the assurance that the innovations in safety, health and environmental quality practices applied by grain handlers and providers to improve safety and efficacy also benefit them. Agbiz Grain members make the following contributions to the buyer's efforts:

  • Increase their own food safety initiatives
  • In addition to inspections by regulatory authorities, and
  • Promote international trade by increasing confidence in food safety.

Focus on prevention

The HACCP-based food safety system focuses on prevention rather than end-product testing and has the following advantages:

  • Dangers at every stage of handling is analyzed
  • Compatible with the implementation of systems such as the ISO 9000 series
  • Most effective method of quality management to maximize food safety
  • Multi-disciplinary approach to Food Safety
  • Determine at what point controls are critical for food safety
  • Monitor and manage identified as well as potential food safety hazards
  • Provide mechanisms for the recall of products that may not be safe for consumption
  • Ensure hygiene and housekeeping of a good standard
  • Ensure traceability of products