South African COVID-19 Resource Portal –

Register now for Virtual Food Safety Summit

Early Bird Rates have been extended to 23 October 2020 – book now!

In a unique partnership, Anelich Consulting and Food Focus invite you to join us as we explore the challenges the food industry and regulators have faced as a result of the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, and the effect this will have on food safety in 2021, and beyond.

COVID-19 has undoubtedly caused disruptions globally, not least of which have affected the food industry. There is no better time to reflect on the events of 2020 and what the pandemic has taught us.

In times of crises, more than ever, the provision of safe, affordable and nutritious food is key to supporting health. Food safety, food security, the food supply chain and economic challenges, amongst others are all important considerations that merit attention.

International and local speakers will address these issues and more! You cannot afford to miss this event!

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.

South Africa is experiencing regular load shedding. The duration and frequency of load shedding will potentially affect the safety of food in a 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.