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5
Feb

SA’s Listeria outbreak reveals urgent need for a designated food control agency

Radio Sonder Grense Interview with Ecowize – 01 February 2018 With over 720 laboratory-confirmed cases of food poisoning caused by Listeria in 2017*, and the death toll resulting from the current outbreak surpassing 60, South Africa is in dire need of a Food Control Agency which can better manage the threat presented by Listeriosis, and risks associated with all foodborne diseases,

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10
Jan

Colour Code Your Way to Compliance

No matter what language a person speaks, colour is the same for almost everyone. That is what makes colour so great, it is universal. If you associate certain rules and specific standards to the use of colour in a food production environment and communicate these effectively, everyone will be able to understand, ultimately making compliance much easier. Colour coding is

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8
Dec

Listeria – What You Should Know

What is Listeria? monocytogenes is an environmental pathogen that can contaminate foods and cause a mild, non-invasive illness (listerial gastroenteritis) or a severe, invasive illness (listeriosis). Listeriosis is characterized by a relatively high mortality rate compared to illnesses caused by most other foodborne pathogens (~20% compared to <1 % for Salmonella or E. coli O157), but can be treated with

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7
Dec

Common pests in food processing environments – #1: Rodents

According to the SAPCA, South Africa has 3 main species of rodents regarded as pests – The House Mouse, Black Rat & Norway rat. Their destructive abilities are well documented and an infestation should be addressed sooner rather than later. Not only do these rodents have the ability to create significant damage but they are also considered vectors for a

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7
Dec

In the News: Rodents and Climate Change

Of the rodent family, rats and mice are some of the most adaptable in terms of habitat and diet. Recent studies have also now concluded that climate change has an impact on physical changes in some species. While research has yet to determine if these changes will be passed along to future generations or whether they represent “plasticity,” defined as the

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2
Nov

Food Safety fridays

Food Safety Friday Tips Week 1 Do not leave perishable foods out for more than 2 hours at room temperature or more than 1 hour when the temperature is above 32.2 ºC (90 °F). Week 2 Thawing: The refrigerator allows slow, safe thawing. Make sure thawing meat and poultry juices do not drip onto other food. Week 3 Remember: If

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3
Apr

SOUTH AFRICAN BORN COMPANY MAKING AN IMPACT ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE

Ecowize Group is taking steps towards achieving its vision of being the one of the most respected food safety partners internationally, and recently received both local and offshore recognition of its long history of using world class systems, processes and equipment. South Africa Ecowize has recently embarked on a partnership at two of SABMiller’s bottling plants due to the brewery

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11
Nov

SA FARMERS URGED TO MAINTAIN INFRUSTRUCTURE

South African farmers are running the risk of losing millions should they not focus on investing in regular maintenance and cleaning of infrastructure like silo’s. This is according to Gareth Lloyd-Jones, MD of Ecowize, who says that locally, equipment maintenance still lags far behind the productivity of farmers and should they not acknowledge the risks, they could lose millions of

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24
Jun

A&H CLEANING NOW PART OF ECOWIZE

ECOWIZE ANNOUNCES AQUISITION OF A&H CLEANING TO FACILITATE GROWTH IN SA’S BAKERY SECTOR Ecowize, South Africa’s leading hygiene and sanitation provider to the food production industry has recently acquired specialist cleaning company, A&H Cleaning who have over 15 years of experience specialising in the Bakery sector. The acquisition will strengthen A&H Cleaning’s footprint nationally and increase servicing capabilities to the

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