The City’s plans come as parts of the country had witnessed attacks on some foreign-owned shops in Gauteng after claims that they sold “fake” food products.
The Specialised Food Control Unit, which will be in operation next year, is also aimed at meeting the requirements of rapidly changing global food trade requirements.
“We are living in an ever-changing landscape - the patterns of food production and distribution are changing. And we need to be more vigilant. The countrywide listeria outbreak last year was a devastating reminder of just how important food safety is,” said mayoral committee member for safety and social services JP Smith.
More than 800 food manufactures in Cape Town produce for the local retail market, with some supplying the major export industry.