According to Coresight Research’s U.S. Online Grocery Survey 2021, there has been a huge increase in the sale of foods on-line. This trend has been witnessed in many countries all over the world which has brought about an increased focus on food safety, traceability and food quality.
There is need to share experience from different jurisdictions in order to enhance knowledge and strategies for effective regulation and consumer protection in line with food safety and security.
To provide more awareness on consumer protection with respect to food safety, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the Department of Mercantile Law, University of Pretoria (UP), held a webinar on “Food Law and Food Safety” on 7th April, 2022.
The webinar discussions were aimed at laying a major focus on the food law regulatory framework in South Africa, the impact of the listeriosis outbreak 2018 on the Food Safety regime in South Africa as well as enhancing cooperation between government departments, regulators, the food industry and private institutions to ensure food safety, traceability and quality.
The training was officially opened by Kim Robinson AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator, South Africa and Prof. Jacolien Barnard Professor, Department Mercantile of Law, Law Faculty, University of Pretoria.
The discussions were facilitated by seasoned subject matters experts: Lauren Handel, Principle Attorney, Handel Food and Law, Kenya, Stephen Gardner Expert Consultant, Food Law and Class Action Issues, Joseph Yaw-Bernie Bennie, Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs, FDA, Ghana, Caroline Smith DeWaal, Deputy Director, EatSafe, Dr. Tracy Muwanga, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Faculties of Law and Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Pretoria.
The sessions were moderated by John Ukegbu, Esq. Senior Staff Attorney, New Jersey Office, Northeast New Jersey Legal Service (NNJLS), United States moderated the sessions.
AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for South Africa Kim Robinson brought the successful one-day webinar to a close.