//KHARA HAIS MUNICIPALITY
CIRCULAR WITH REGARDS TO FROZEN PRAWNS (SHRIMPS)
Numerous recurring problems have been identified during our routine sampling and inspection of imported frozen prawns with regard to:
The requirements of section 17(1) of the Standards Act of 1982 stipulates that no person shall sell any commodity for which or for the manufacture of which a compulsory specification is in force, unless such commodity complies with the relevant specification. Since the sale and production of prawns are governed by the requirements of the Compulsory specification for Frozen Shrimps (Prawns), Langoustines and Crabs as published by Government Notice No. 326 of 20 March 1987, all prawns imported into the Republic of South Africa must comply with the requirements of this specification.
The onus rests with the importer to inform the SABS of all consignments imported into South Africa. The importer must ensure that the product complies with all the requirements of the above-mentioned compulsory specification. The problems as listed above are dealt with here below.
2.9 Grading: The product shall be graded by mass and shall fall into such categories as may be acceptable and in accordance with trade requirements. Where applicable, the counts shall be in accordance with the declaration on the container. On visual examination, the units shall be acceptably uniform in size.
2.10 The country or origin must be given. The size of the lettering shall not be less than 1 mm in height.
2.11 The directions of use - where relevant. The size of the lettering shall not be less than 1 mm in height.
2.12 Substandard - when applicable shall be printed prominently and indelibly on all main panels in print size at least half the size of the product or trade name, whichever is the greater.
Information appearing on the label must be in either or both of the official languages.
The above-mentioned labeling requirements shall be printed on the package, or on a label of acceptable material attached to the package. Labels on the packages shall be clean and neatly and securely attached. They shall not be superimposed on other labels or on matter directly printed on the packages. Labels or sealing adhesive that are liable to deteriorate under conditions of storage of the packaged products shall not be used. When new or amended labels are to be printed, we suggest that you submit to us drafts of these labels for approval prior to printing.
Unless the product is glazed, it shall be packaged in material of low permeability to moisture and oxygen. Packaging material shall be new, clean, non-toxic and inert. Where cartons with drainage holes are used, the product should be wrapped in suitable material, e.g polyethylene, to prevent contamination. The use of inverted cartons, that is cartons with the printing on the inside of the carton, are not permitted.
Where colourants are used their use must be in accordance with conditions and limits permitted under the regulations of the Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act of 1972. The use of colourants must be declared on the label on the main panel in their comon chemical name or names as well as the color index number(s).
The following documentation is required before or on sampling:
5.1 The Bill of Entry or any other relevant documentation.
5.2 A code list indicating the various codes as well as different grades and quantities of each in the consignment.
As specified in Paragraph 2.7 all immediate packages must be factory coded, as any consignment discovered after release without a code will be considered as a new/separate consignment and subject to sampling and inspection as such.
We trust that this information will be of value to you. Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.
J VAN HEERDEN
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