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NOTES AND MANAGEMENT AIDS

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MANAGING WITHDRAWALS

Quality Standards and Food Hygiene and Food Safety Standards issued under the APS Act hold producers, packhouses and exporters responsible for establishing traceability of products at all stages of production, packing, handling and distribution and – with relevant FBOs - for withdrawing products that present a serious risk to the health of consumers.

The Codex Alimentarius “Principles And Guidelines For The Exchange Of Information In Food Safety Emergency Situations” (CAC/GL 19-1995, Rev. 1-2004) provides guidance for use by national governments and regional economic integration organizations for the exchange of information in food safety emergency situations.  These Principles and Guidelines apply to situations where the competent authorities in either the importing and/or exporting countries become aware of a food safety emergency situation, and communication of the information and risks surrounding the emergency situation must be undertaken.  

Each country should designate a primary official contact point for food safety emergency situations, which can act as the national focal point for information exchange in such situations

The following food safety authorities may play a key role in the event of any significant food safety alert, incident and action involving produce exported or destined for export.

Department of Health

National Department of Agriculture

Directorate: Food Control

Directorate: Food Safety and Quality Assurance

Mr AWJ Pretorius

Mr. Boitshoko Ntshabele

Pretoria

Agricultural Place, Room LAFF:09

Tel: (012) 312 0185

20 Beatrix Street

Fax: (012) 312 3180

PRETORIA

E-mail: pretoa@health.gov.za

Tel: (012) 319 7000

Fax: (012) 319 6764

E-mail: DFSQA@nda.agric.za

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