The food-labelling landscape is a minefield. FMCG marketers need to keep abreast of the impending regulatory changes, and start ensuring that the information and brand specific material included on their labels are likely to be compliant with the regulations that are relevant to them. This will also be aligned with the trend in growing consumer pro-activeness when it comes to making informed food related choices. Karen Kitchen (pictured) of IP law firm, Kisch IP, offers this advice/insight on SA's draft labelling regulations, R429.
Food Labelling Regulations
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When R429, the new draft food advertising and labelling proposals descended on the SA food-bev industries on May 29, the Guidelines extensively referred to in the text were noticeable by their absence. This uncertainty was relieved a week later with a further 145 pages to digest.... comments and insights from a foremost SA food labelling expert, Nigel Sunley, and regular contributor to FOODStuff SA.
As many will already know, the draft Phase 2 of SA's labelling and advertising regulations descended from government printer cyberspace on May 29 in the form of R429. What's up now?
Nigel Sunley, one of SA's foremost labelling and regulatory experts, offers cogent insights and commentary on the new proposals, and advises strongly that, if you want to submit comments, you'd best get busy. Read on!
In March 2012, SA's new R146 food labelling regulations came into force and although not without controversy, the changes were largely welcomed by consumers and retailers alike. More than a year later, however, non-compliance remains an issue. Many manufacturers and smaller retailers have still not fully invested in the changes that are necessary to meet new industry standards. With more regulations on the way, non-compliance is no longer an option.
The NPM Calculator, which is basically a software application, will likely be used in South Africa to determine whether a food product may make any kind of health claim on its label.
Well, here we are with our new R146 Labelling and Advertising Regulations having been part of our lives since March 1, 2012. No, the sky has not fallen, but an awful lot of work has been done by a great many people and companies to ensure compliance and an awful lot of money has been spent as well. It certainly begs various questions: Was it all worth it? What is the practical impact? What happens next?
Nigel Sunley, one of SA's foremost labelling experts, gives his answers.
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