Farmed Abalone to be Regulated

13 July 2012, at 1:00am

SOUTH AFRICA - Live farmed abalone are to be formally regulated as a food product, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) says.

The regulation would begin in the next two months, ending the existing self-regulation by industry players, reports TimesLive.

This follows a declaration by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies in the Government Gazette, introducing the compulsory specification for live farmed abalone.
All live farmed abalone products offered for sale would have to comply with the requirements of the new compulsory specification (VC 9001).

The government banned abalone fishing in February 2008, but the new regulation would allow the industry to come back to life, the NRCS said.

"The NRCS will now be responsible for the monitoring and testing of the product, to minimise the risks of transferring dangerous micro-organisms from abalone to consumers."

It would also be responsible for issuing health guarantees for export purposes.

The NRCS said this was in line with its mandate to protect health and the environment, while ensuring fair trade across markets.