South African COVID-19 Resource Portal –

Prof Lucia Anelich authored a scientific review on SARS-CoV-2 and Risk to Food Safety together with three colleagues. 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 the thorny issue of China lately testing for the virus on frozen food packaging. See what she has to say on this matter.

Load Shedding and Food Safety

South Africa is likely to enter into another round of load shedding over 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.

ICMSF on SARS-CoV-2 and Food Safety

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.

NEW – Retainer Packages! Due to a high number of enquiries received and continuous developments regarding the COVID-19 virus, Anelich Consulting is now offering a variety of retainer packages. 

Disinfection / spray tunnel advisory
01 June 2020

Update on SARS-CoV-2 which causes Covid-19
07 September 2020 – Frequently Asked Questions with verified answers, including whether the virus is foodborne.

Webinar: SARS-CoV-2: Is it a food safety risk?
Watch a webinar presented by Prof Anelich on 30 March-02 April 2020.

Advice for Food Workers infographic
Download an A3 poster and 2-page information sheet available in English, Zulu and French.

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

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.