Uncovering the new SANS 10049 food safety management standard

No more low care foods! This is one of the tenets underlying the new SANS 10049 food safety standard. Andrew Murray of Andrew Murray Consulting puts some context to this new standard …

The new SANS 10049, Food safety management — Requirements for prerequisite programmes (PRPs), long awaited, indeed eagerly awaited, was finally published in February 2011. It is a comprehensive standards document written for South African conditions. It replaces SABS 049 (SANS 10049:2001) Code of practice – Food hygiene management.

The differences between the two documents are vast, going far beyond the change in title. For instance, we no longer have low care foods! They are not mentioned at all. The new 10049 is certifiable and seeks to follow a logical structure. Those requirements which deal with the hygienic construction of buildings and machinery are distinct from those that are concerned with the way we operate in our buildings or use our machines and how we maintain them and keep them clean.

It is truly South African in that it highlights topics that would be superfluous in a European or American document. It is, therefore, rather more prescriptive as it fills the gap between Regulation 918 and HACCP certification in terms of SANS 10330 or SANS/ISO 22000.

The difference between SANS 10049 and PAS220 is larger than just a difference in national flavour. The former includes a section on management responsibility and the document as a whole caters for more than just the manufacturing sector of the food chain. In addition, as mentioned, it is certifiable, which means it can be used as a stand-alone standard, whereas PAS 220 was never written with that purpose in mind.

Because it is a stand alone, certifiable and very thorough standard, it highlights many requirements that are extremely relevant for proving due diligence in terms of the Consumer Protection Act (coming into force April 2011). All food sector operators would certainly benefit greatly from implementing the new SANS 10049 and thus it could not have come at a better time.

Get up to speed on the new SANS 10049!

Dr Lucia Anelich and Andrew Murray, both members of the SABS committee that drafted SANS 10049, will be co-hosting half-day workshops around the country – in Durban, Cape Town and Jo’burg –  in mid April where they will outline the implications that the new standard will have on the food and beverage industries in South Africa, particularly with the new Consumer Protection Act in mind. They will unpack questions such as:

  • How does this new standard differ from SANS 049?
  • How does this new standard differ from PAS 220?
  • What elements of the new standard are important to my food safety management system and how do I implement them?

Both presenters have a long and successful history of working in and with the food industry. In addition, Dr Lucia Anelich comes with more than 25 years of experience in training. Combined, their expertise includes food hygiene, food safety, food microbiology and food engineering.

These afternoon workshops cost R1083.

Enquiries and registration:

Andrew Murray at [email protected] / Cell: 082 459 1984

Dr Lucia Anelich at [email protected] / Cell: 082 908 3166