SA to get stricter food laws

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South Africans can expect the introduction of laws restricting fatty acids and salt content in food, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Saturday.

Speaking at a meeting of editors in Cape Town, he outlined his ministry's intentions to make South Africans healthier and to help them live longer.

He also highlighted the destruction caused by “non-communicable” diseases.

“If we don't act on unnatural causes of death - including on HIV, tuberculosis, maternal and child death rates and violent deaths - our life expectancy by 2016 will be back to what it was in 1965,” he said.

Key factors in these non-communicable diseases were smoking, alcohol consumption, poor diets, and a lack of exercise.

“Countries must make laws to deal with these issues... We will be making a lot of noise about these during the year.”

On South Africans' poor diet, Motsoaledi made it clear fats and salt ”much beloved by the food industry, but hated by our hearts” would be targeted.

With a global population of 0.7 percent, South Africans carried more than one percent of the burden of non-communicable diseases. This was two to three times higher than the average for developing countries.

“We need to control fatty acids... we need to control salts, such as brine in chicken and salt in bread, cereals and soups,” Motsoaledi said.

“We need laws to reduce the levels of these things in our food... If we have to go to Parliament to legislate it, we will.” -Sapa


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Anonymous, wrote

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05:38pm on 11 February 2012
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Quote from DEMOLITION MAN:" I like to think; I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who likes to sit in a greasy spoon and wonder, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I WANT high cholesterol. I wanna eat bacon and butter and BUCKETS of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in the non-smoking section. I want to run through the streets naked with green Jell-o all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to, okay, pal?" nuf said.

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trevor parker, wrote

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05:35pm on 11 February 2012
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Anonymous dont make comments about topics you obviously know nothing about. GMO's has a place in the world. A lot of the food we grow in SA had to be genetically modified to grow in our arid weather. Its like the Organic hype. Not many people know how unsafe organic food is with regards to food borne illness and how bad commercial organic farming is for the environment and health of the soil. But then I guess you believe in the myth of detoxing as well. Wake up and actually go and read what SCIENCE has to say about these things and not what a bunch of ignorant hippies are trying to sell you.

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Carl, wrote

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05:24pm on 11 February 2012
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Get rid of all the Mono Sodium Glutamate - M.S.G. - Modified Starch etc. Tartrazine and artificial colourants at the same time.

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curt minnie, wrote

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04:57pm on 11 February 2012
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well done Hon Minister - no one seems to have noticed the increase of social grants from 1 till 11 million - surely the best investment in the health and future of the young

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:53pm on 11 February 2012
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Man has been genetically modifying food for centuries.Fruit, cattle and grains hae been cross bred to alter their genes and provide better crops called hybrids. Fear of genetically modified foods is ignorance and typical left wing hysteria.

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correspondent, wrote

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04:53pm on 11 February 2012
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our politions don't set a good example, just look how fat they all are..JZ a good example

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:39pm on 11 February 2012
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perhaps then parliament wont be a bunch of over-eating fatties.

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Zeff, wrote

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04:29pm on 11 February 2012
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Good Lord, this is the first time I've ever heard someone from the ANC say something sensible. I'm still in a bit of shock.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:49pm on 11 February 2012
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Get rid of the GMO food,everyone will be healthier

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:46pm on 11 February 2012
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Get rid of the GMO food,everyone will be healthier

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