Consumer Alert: Public Hearings on Agri Product Standards Amendment Bill 2014

Grass actively encourages consumer participation in South Africa to grow a conscious and informed consumer voice. This is vital to bring about true grassroots change in our dysfunctional food system. Here is your chance to actively participate – please attend one of the meetings listed below.

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE AGRICULTURAL PRODUCT STANDARDS AMENDMENT BILL 2014

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Consequent to the publication of the Agricultural Product Standards Amendment Bill in 2013 and 2014 in the Government Gazette (Nos. 36736 and 38032, Vol. 27 and 21, General Notice Nos. 810 of 2013 and 829 of 2014) on 16 August 2013 and 03 October 2014 respectively, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will conduct public hearings on the Bill during the month of March and April 2015. Interested members of the public and institutions are hereby invited to participate during the hearings.
The public hearings will take place during the dates, times and venues specified in the table below:

DATE AND TIME VENUE
31 March 2015

09:00

Western Cape

Stellenbosch Quarantine Station – DAFF

Polkadraai Avenue, Stellenbosch.

08 April 2015

09:00

Northern Cape/North West

Protea Upington Hotel

24 Shroder Street, Upington.

13 April 2015

09:00

KwaZulu-Natal – Note Venue Change

Three Cities Riverside Hotel and Spa

10 Kenneth Kaunda Road (Norway)

15 April 2015

09:00

Eastern Cape

Port Elizabeth Protea Marine Hotel

Marine Dr. Summerstrand Port Elizabeth.

20 April 2015

09:00

Limpopo/Mpumalanga

Tzaneen Magoebaskloof Hotel.

R71, Mopani. Greater Tzaneen.

23 April 2015

09:00

Gauteng/North West

Pretoria, Imbizo Boardroom.

30 Hamilton Street, Harvest House Building, Arcadia.

For further information relating to the public hearings on the Agricultural Product Standards Amendment Bill of 2013 and 2014, contact the persons listed below.

For media enquiries please contact:
Ms Makenosi Maroo
Chief Director: Stakeholder Relations and Communications
Tel.: (012) 319 6787
Cell: 072 475 2956
E-mail: MakenosiM@daff.gov.za

For technical enquiries please contact:
Mr Billy Makhafola
Executive Officer: Agricultural Product Standards
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Tel.: (012) 319 6023
E-mail: BillyM@daff.gov.za

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2 comments on “Consumer Alert: Public Hearings on Agri Product Standards Amendment Bill 2014
  1. GRASS says:

    We will continue to update so watch this space. Reassuring to see that free range & organic claims being monitored. Told that these claims will need to adhere to future DAFF minimum standards, unfortunately we still need to press on with the labelling for other methods of production such as caged eggs & poultry to ensure informed consumer choice.

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  2. hendrikjmentz says:

    I am most grateful to you for keeping us in the loop. Your work is vital to the well-being of our planet. Thank you. WRT the hearings, unfortunately I live too far away from any of the venues. However, I’ll watch for your reports via this blog or via your Twitter account with interest.

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