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Webinar: On the frontlines of food safety

Webinar: On the frontlines of food safety

With Covid-19 dominating our lives for the past two years, it’s easy to forget that food safety remains a significant public health issue – for farmers, distributors, retailers, policymakers and consumers.

Food imports to South Africa – from all corners of the globe – continue to rise. Does our country have the capacity and skills to inspect these imports? What role can the private sector play? What can government do?

Risks of new and emerging foodborne diseases (now numbering over 200) continue to threaten the lives of people everywhere. Poor quality and unsafe food is an issue that impacts low-income households disproportionately.

FairPlay has found examples of poor quality chicken imports in local supermarket freezers – products which have been defrosted, brined and refrozen, without traceability, flouting labelling laws.

Join FairPlay founder François Baird and our panel of experts as they discuss the risks and challenges in securing safe food for everyone in South Africa.

Participants include:

Matlou Setati
– Executive of the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa’s Food Safety Initiative.
– Previously Chief Food Safety & Quality Assurance Officer at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
Dr Hein Nel
– Executive Director at the Agency for Food Safety and Quality.
– Previously, Chief State Veterinarian at provincial and national levels.
Prof Kris Willems
– Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven University (Belgium). Prof Willems has over 3 decades of experience in leading academic and industrial organisations.
– A biologist by background, his research interests include the microbial ecology of engineered environments.

Dawn Noemdoe
– Webinar moderator.
– Dawn is the Editor for Audience Engagement at Food for Mzansi.
François Baird
– Webinar Host.
– François Baird is the founder of the FairPlay movement.

The webinar takes place on Thursday 28 October at 2pm.

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