South African COVID-19 Resource Portal – sacoronavirus.co.za

Latest on SARS-CoV-2 & Risk to Food Safety

Prof Lucia Anelich co-authored an article published in The Conversation on 15 February 2021 titled “Coronavirus and food safety: what the studies say”.

Recording of presentation “SARS-CoV-2: Is It a Food Safety Risk?” delivered by Prof Lucia Anelich at the webinar hosted by the Affidia Journal on 05 February 2021, now available.

Prof Lucia Anelich co- authored a scientific review on SARS-CoV-2 and Risk to Food Safety. It was published in the open access journal “Frontiers” on 02 November 2020.

Food Safety Magazine USA invited Anelich et al to write a piece on SARS-CoV-2 and Risk to Food Safety for their magazine – published 02 December 2020.

Dubai Food Safety Conference: Prof Lucia was invited to speak on 30 November 2020 on SARS-CoV-2 and food safety.  In this presentation, she addressed China lately testing for the virus on frozen food packaging. See what she has to say on this matter.

2020 Retainer Packages not increased!  Anelich Consulting has not increased retainer package costs for 2021! Make use of them now.  

Update on SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19
01 March 2021 – FAQ with verified answers, including whether the virus is foodborne.

Safe Grocery Shopping during COVID-19
Tips on conducting safe grocery shopping in the light of this pandemic.

Disinfection / spray tunnel advisory
01 June 2020

Disclaimer: The advice related to COVID-19 is voluntary and provided in good faith to guide persons in the food industry and other stakeholders.    Advice is based on information published by public health and food safety authorities as well as scientific research.  Advice is not designed to replace medical assistance or care. Anelich Consulting cannot be held liable in any way, for omissions, errors or interpretations, whether in contract, delict, negligence, or otherwise, arising out of any advisory information.

ICMSF Position Paper on SARS-CoV-2 and food safety.

The internationally-renowned and gobally influential group, the International Commission on the Microbiological Specifications for Food (ICMSF), has produced a Position Paper on SARS-CoV-2 and food safety.  This was done in light of recent reports on detection of the virus on food and food packaging. As a member of ICMSF, Prof Lucia Anelich is proud to have been one of several authors compiling this paper.

South Africa is experiencing load shedding intermittently since December 2020.

The duration and frequency of load shedding will potentially affect the safety of food in your refrigerator. Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power is out for no more than 4 hours, the refrigerator door is kept shut AND the fridge was running at 4 °C at the time of load shedding. Perishable foods are the most susceptible to spoilage and food safety concerns.