NOTES AND MANAGEMENT AIDS
PPECB would confirm the registration status of a Food Business Operator and establishment(s) before arranging an audit.
Have relevant establishments been registered with the Department of Agriculture and FBO Codes allocated?
The Food Hygiene and Food Safety Standard issued under the APS Act [Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act No. 119 of 1990)] specifies that a Food Business Operator (FBO) must register establishments that handle products of plant origin that are destined for export.
Each registered establishment is allocated a FBO Code.
The FBO is responsible for keeping registrations and details associated with the FBO Code up to date.
Details relating to FBO registrations are available on the Department of Agriculture website, in “Regulatory and Other Services: Quality Assurance and Food Safety” section.
Have food products produced by an establishment been registered for and identified with that establishment?
A FBO must identify food products produced by each establishment. The food products are associated with the relevant FBO Code.
The FBO is responsible for keeping details relating to food products up-to-date.
Have FBOs registered for special market programmes?
Food safety checklists do not address special market programmes and phytosanitary requirements in detail.
Relevant remarks are highlighted as illustrated.
An establishment would need a FBO Code before registering for a special market programme.
Each special market programme requires a separate application.
Special market programmes may require that sub-units within an establishment (e.g. an orchard or cold room) are identified. Relevant documentation and records would include the identity of the sub-unit.
Details relating to special market programmes are available on the Department of Agriculture website, in “Regulatory and Other Services: National Plant Protection Organisation” section.
PPECB would confirm the certification status of a Food Business Operator and establishment(s) before arranging an audit.
Has a FBO (establishment) been certified as complying with a standard such as, HACCP or BRC?
PPECB establishes the priority and frequency of audits based on the risk profile of a FBO (establishment).
A FBO (establishment) that is certified as complying with a recognized standard would usually be considered to be a relatively lower risk than a FBO (establishment) that has no certification. (See the low risk profile on the DoA website).