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South Africa is experiencing regular load shedding, a situation that may well be a reality for some time. Its duration and frequency will potentially affect the safety of food in a refrigerator.  SA's food safety and microbiology doyenne, Dr Lucia Anelich, offers this advice....

"We are now in the aftermath phase of the listeria outbreak and I think it is high time for an objective assessment of the bigger picture after the horrors of 2018," asserts well-known SA food scientist, Nigel Sunley. The ‘Big 3’ challenges of food these days are safety, nutrition and sustainability and we need to look at how the events of 2018 have influenced their prioritisation in South Africa in particular, he writes.

Arnold Prinsloo, CEO of Eskort and chairman of the Category Rebuild Committee of the South African Meat Processors Association (SAMPA), reflects on the industry’s challenges, and highlights some of the positive actions taken and safety measures implemented in the wake of the listeria crisis that threatened to overwhelm the industry.