21 December 2020

We thank you for being part of our 2020 journey. The year that changed everything and made us realise what really matters in life.

We will be closing for the festive period on 23 December 2020 and will reopen on 6 January 2020.

As we round off this year, we focus on sustainability in this newsletter and shine the spotlight on our #SustainabilityChallenge, imitation dairy, a voluntary standard on the requirements for the marking and identification of degradable packaging (SANS 1728), and a zero-waste recipe made from banana peels.

We support and stand by to assist you and bring you peace of mind wherever your food endeavours may take you.

See you in the new year!

The FACTS team


FACTS takes on a #SustainabilityChallenge

Undoubtedly COVID-19 has impacted all our lives in some way or another and has caused disruptions in our daily routines. It is a sensitive time but also an opportunity to introduce change and take on challenges to improve our lives and make a difference. At FACTS we continue to promote a culture of growth, by improving ourselves, our company practices and at the same time helping to hold each other accountable.

Find out more here

Read some of our previous articles that address circular economies, biodegradable and compostable plastics in our sustainability category here.
Contact us today for more information or any query.


Imitation dairy: got milk?

The news of the EU ban on the use of dairy-product terms such as ‘milk’, ‘yoghurt’ and ‘butter’ for their imitation or plant-based counterparts has generated a lot of interest – and confusion. But what is the situation in the South African market? And is this a potential change to regulations that industry should start planning for?
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FACTS has provided the food industry with allergen and regulatory training for over 10 years. Our workshops are well constructed and practical, for easy application.

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Understanding SANS 1728:
Guidance on labelling of degradable plastic

There is a growing public demand for environmentally neutral (or even beneficial) food products and packaging. As a result, environmental claims are becoming commonplace, and an ever-increasing number of products making such claims are being seen on our supermarket shelves.

Currently there are no mandatory regulations in South Africa for environmental claims and labelling. This creates room for confusion for both manufacturers and consumers – as well as an opportunity for those who may wish to take advantage of the lack of regulation. Read more for a summary of what the labelling standards require. 
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FACTS offers Regulatory and Labelling Assistance.
Contact us today for more information or any query.


Banana Peel Sandwich:
Our year-end recipe that considers the environment

We took inspiration from zero waste Chef Radhika Khandelwal who is also the owner at Radish Hospitality Pvt Ltd. She has steadily carved a formidable and firm foundation for herself in the zero-waste and biodiversity movements through her restaurant Fig & Maple in New Delhi, India.

For more recipes like this, follow her on LinkedIn, Instagram or visit her website.


Reminder: Festive period closing dates

Our office and laboratory will be closing on the 23rd of December 2020 and will reopen on the 6th of January 2021.

All reports will be dispensed by 23 December 2020.

Order receiving will restart on 06 January 2021.

If you require our support and analytical services during this time please be assured that we will be available to stand by to assist.


For any urgent allergen analysis during our festive closing period, follow the link below to find out how to contact us.

Please note that this is an additional customer service offering.

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