n Without Prejudice - It's my product and I'll say it's healthy if I want to ... or not? : intellectual property




The Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act (54 of 1972) (FCDA) regulates, amongst other things, the labelling of foodstuffs in South Africa. Until 2012, the issue of food labelling was not of any major consequence. Enter the Regulations relating to the Labelling of Foodstuffs in March 2012 (R146), the new and improved labelling regulations under the FCDA and, subsequent legislation such as the Consumer Protection Act that highlighted the need for full disclosure to the consumer, and things changed. Consumers are now much more aware of what information must be on the label of their daily groceries. As a result, the duty of the manufacturer to disclose the nutritional content of foodstuffs fully has been placed under the microscope and consumers have become more selective about what they feed themselves and their families.


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