Department of Health – Food Control

The food control section within the department is responsible for ensuring the safety of food in South Africa. This service is based on the basic needs of communities and the right of South Africans to make informed food choices without being misled...

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The Role & Responsibility of Public Food Safety Control in South Africa

Contaminated food and water have been known to be sources of illness in human societies since ancient times. Food borne diseases
are still among the most widespread health problems in the modern world. In rich and poor countries alike, they inflict large health burdens,
ranging in severity from mild sickness to fatal illnesses.

The services rendered by health authorities in South Africa aimed at ensuring that the food consumers are exposed to do not cause them
any harm, are generally referred to as “food safety control”. This can be defined as a mandatory regulatory activity of enforcement by the
relevant health authority to provide consumer protection and to ensure that all foods during production, handling, storage, processing, and
distribution are safe and fit for human consumption and conform to safety requirements as prescribed by law.

The Directorate of Food Control

Food Control ensures an optimal non-personal preventative primary health care service in respect of the safety of food for the
South African community based on basic needs and the right to make informed choices without being misled by means of scientifically
founded legislation, auditing and information actions.

Provincial Health Department components responsible for food safety control.

The contact details of the Environmental Health Components
are as follows:

Northern Province
Tel: +27 15 2952851 (X2291)
Fax: +27 15 2915146
North West Province
Tel: +27 18 3875096
Fax: +27 18 3875332
Gauteng Province
Tel: +27 11 3553885
Fax: +27 11 3553381
Mpumalanga
Tel: +27 13 7528085 (x2043)
Fax: +27 13 7553549
Kwazulu-Natal
Tel: +27 331 952772
Fax: +27 331 421405
Western Cape
Tel: +27 21 4834652
Fax: +27 21 4834345
Northern Cape
Tel: +27 53 8300654
Fax: +27 53 8300655
Eastern Cape
Tel: +27 40 6364543
Fax: +27 40 6350072
Free State
Tel: +27 51 4301933
Fax: +27 51 4483077
 

Port Health Services

Food import control is conducted by the Port Health Services of the
provincial health departments on behalf of the national Department of Health.

The contact details for the Port Health Services are as follows:

Johannesurg (Airport)
Tel: +27 11 970 1372
Fax: +27 11 394 3605
Johannesburg (City Deep Container Depot)
Tel: +27 11 613 5522
Fax: +27 11 6153013
Durban
Tel: +27 31 337 72737
Fax: +27 31 332 0934
Port Elizabeth
Tel: +27 41 314 4100
Fax: +27 41 644 863
Cape Town
Tel: +27 21 421 1124
Fax: +27 21 418 5685
 
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