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‘SA doesn’t have capacity to forecast, track a foodborne disease’

UP’s Professor Lise Korsten says food safety is compromised due to a lack of integrated regulation.

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CAPE TOWN - A University of Pretoria (UP) food safety expert warns South Africa does not have adequate capacity to forecast and track a foodborne disease.

Professor Lise Korsten has told a parliamentary workshop food safety is compromised due to a lack of integrated regulation.

Korsten says providing quality produce to poor communities remains the biggest challenge to food security.

She adds that the lack of an independent regulatory body to ensure food safety further compounds concern around the level of toxins in some food.

Korsten says while several policies have been drafted, no integrated system exists to curb foodborne diseases.

She adds industry and government need to be transparent and accountable regarding food certification. 

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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