'There needs to be an urgent review of food management safety in SA'

Food safety is a key element of public healthcare and in terms of Section 27 of the Constitution, government is obliged to ensure that everyone has access to healthcare. However, this right comes with certain conditions says Centre for Constitutional Rights legal officer Christine Botha.

Botha spoke to Aubrey Masango on the drive time show to discuss these and other issues surrounding food safety.

Looking at the recent break outbreak of listeriosis, Botha says reasonable measures need to be taken to avoid risks to food security.

We do need government to take reasonable measures and this should be the legislative framework to ensure these hazards can be controlled and measured and these are constantly reviewed and updated.

Christine Botha, Centre for Constitutional Rights legal officer

One concern is, in general, food management systems are controlled by different departments. It is not as clear-cut, but we say there needs to be an urgent review of food management safety in our country. A glaring failure is regulation.

Christine Botha, Centre for Constitutional Rights legal officer

Regulation, specifically like microbiological standards, we need to update it. Step two would be to get your environmental health inspectors to get adequate numbers to ensure it. These are not impossible scenarios.

Christine Botha, Centre for Constitutional Rights legal officer

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