Ronel Burger

New head appointed to lead CGCSA’s Food Safety Initiative

The Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) has announced the appointment of its new head of the Food Safety Initiative (FSI) business unit, following the departure of Dr Lucia Anelich at the end of 2010.

“This key unit has been without a manager since December last year and we are pleased to have finally found someone to steer this unit,” comments CGCSA CEO Mncane Mthunzi, on the appointment of Ronel Burger (left).

The FSI unit is responsible for providing impartial and objective scientific information on all food safety, nutritional and related regulatory matter associated with the food chain to the South African food industry.

“With a manager who has credentials and extensive experience such as Ronel’s, we are confident that this business unit will achieve its key objectives going forward,” says Mthunzi.

Burger will be leaving her current position as QC manager at Danone where she is responsible for quality assurance and food safety.

Prior to joining Danone, she worked as a National Quality Assurance Manager at Rainbow Farms for almost six years. Burger has extensive experience having also worked for companies such as Murex Biotech South Africa (ABBOTT); Sasol Polymers; National Brands and National Sorghum Brewery. Her roles have evolved from being a medical technologist, a laboratory technician to quality assurer and food safety specialist.

Burger will take up her position on 1st of May 2011.

“The expectation is high and it will not be easy to follow in Lucia Anelich’s footsteps, but I am excited, nervous and ready to go!’ Ronel tells FOODStuff SA.
“We look forward to welcoming Ronel to our organisation and we are certain our members will benefit greatly from this appointment,” adds Mthunzi.

Progress to a single, harmonised food safety audit

Last February, in a long-awaited and much-debated development, the Consumer Goods Council of SA (CGCSA) announced plans to have a single, harmonised food safety audit in place by the third quarter of 2010. The duplication of audits by retailers is an expensive and time-consuming bone of contention for food manufacturers and this news was widely welcomed.
You may have been wondering about the apparent lack of progress on this project, and the March issue of Food & Beverage Reporter explains why. The reasons for its delay are two-fold: the December 2010 resignation from the CGCSA of its key driver, Dr Lucia Anelich, manager of the Food Safety Initiative (FSI) division, and sticking points between the various retailers on the exact standards to be set. The implications of the Consumer Protection Act have also thrown a googly or two on to the pitch.
 The CGCSA says all parties remain fully committed to the single audit and that its launch is a few months away, probably June. Read more here And read about the project here, on its announcement last year.