Independent Meat Inspection

Meat Inspection aims to ensure that meat provided to the consumer is safe to eat. 

Independent Meat Inspection takes place under the auspices of the Meat Safety Agency, 2000 (Act 40 of 2000); the Red Meat Regulations, Poultry Meat Regulations and the Independent Meat Inspection Scheme.

In terms of the Meat Safety Act, 2000 (Act 40 of 2000), all meat inspection services must be conducted independently of abattoir. In relation to meat inspection, Section 11 of the Act stipulates the following:

Meat inspection is conducted at abattoirs and includes the performance of ante-mortem, primary and secondary meat inspections by registered inspectors or examiners who may be employed by an assignee and may include hygiene management and regulatory control as agreed on with the provincial executive officer for each abattoir and includes reporting of non-conformances to the provincial executive officer.

Frequently Asked Questions
2. Who determines the number of inspection personnel required?
3. Can an abattoir change assignees?

Meat Classification

Frequently Asked Questions
2. Who may conduct meat classification?
Meat Classification is a mark of quality that indicates the different qualities of meat.

The Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990), states that certain agricultural products:

The Regulations regarding the classification and marking of meat intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa provides the requirements for meat classification.

Meat is classified according to age, fat cover and carcass composition and roller marked according to the classification of each carcass. Both grade and Fat, along with abattoir’s registered identity number, are stamped into all carcasses with food grade approved ink.

Poultry Meat Inspections (Quality)

The purpose of quality inspections on poultry meat is to ensure that the products sold adhere to the regulations. 

The inspections will prevent poor quality products from being sold to the consumer.  It is envisaged that regular inspections of poultry meat will curb food fraud which come from misleading the consumer regarding the product.

The Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990), states that certain agricultural products:

The Regulations regarding Control over the Sale of Poultry Meat makes provision for:

Frequently Asked Questions
2. Where will the inspections take place?
3. Who conducts the inspections?

Egg Inspections (Quality)

Frequently Asked Questions
2. Where will the inspections take place?
3. Who conducts the inspections?
The quality inspections on eggs is to ensure that the public receives a product that is fresh, clean and of good quality. 

The Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990), states that certain agricultural products:

The Regulations regarding Control over the Sale of Eggs makes provision for:

Processed Meat Products (Quality)

The purpose of quality inspections on processed meat products is to ensure that the products sold adhere to the regulations.  The quality inspections on processed meat products is to ensure that public receive a product that is fresh, clean and of a good quality.

The Agricultural Product Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119 of 1990), states that certain agricultural products:

The Regulations regarding Control over the Sale of Processed Meat Products makes provision for:

Frequently Asked Questions
2. Where will the inspections take place?
3. What sampling/testing will be done on the product?
4. What is the difference between sampling and inspections?
5. Who conducts the inspections?

Additional Services

Auditing

Food Safety Management System Audits, International Standard Audits (ISO), HACCP Audits and Compliance Audits (ZA Export/ Import Approval / Renewal)

Import and Export

Import/ Export Control, Movement Control

Professional Standards

In the company structure of Food Safety Agency our personnel competency is enhanced by the following standards training:

Auditors of Food Safety Agency hold valid registration numbers with internationally recognized auditing certification authorities under the Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) schemes for the following foodstuff sectors:

Additional sector experience available:

Training

AgriSETA Accredited (AGRl/c prov/0658/16) (Government, Industry & Retail). Food Safety Agency provides the following training:

Technical Training
Specialised Training
Tertiary Institutions
The following is available through Food Safety Agency either directly or by association:

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