Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs

The new Regulations Relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs published by the Minister of Health in terms of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, 1972 (Act 54 of 1972), came into effect today, 1 March 2012.

The new Regulations are aimed at, among others, to ensure that consumers are provided with nutritional, compositional and other information related to foodstuffs manufactured, imported and sold in South Africa. The information in question will assist consumers in making informed choices regarding the foodstuffs they purchase. It will further ensure that consumers are not being misled by unscrupulous manufacturers, importers or sellers of foodstuffs covered by the provisions of the mentioned Act and the new Regulations.