Every Link In The Food Chain Matters

4 – 5 June

Understanding The “Why?”

The Annual Food Safety Summit

The Food Safety Summit, a highly anticipated annual event taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, is closely aligned with the World Health Organisation’s World Safety Day. This remarkable Summit brings together industry thought-leaders, seasoned professionals, and influential decision-makers, all sharing the common goal of fostering food safety along the entire food chain.

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What To Expect At This Year’s Summit

With a comprehensive two-day programme, the Summit offers a plethora of engaging sessions that delve into the hot topics, latest news and critical challenges facing the Food and Beverage Industry in South Africa. These sessions are led by esteemed experts who are recognized voices in their respective fields.


If you’re an accomplished professional in the Food Industry, this is an event tailored just for you. Join us at this year’s South African Food Safety Summit, set to be held at Focus Rooms in Johannesburg, South Africa on the 4th & 5th of June 2024.

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About World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day

World Food Safety Day, established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2018, serves as a crucial platform to raise awareness on the paramount importance of ensuring Food Safety worldwide. In this global endeavour, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) join hands to facilitate the observance of this significant day, collaborating with Member States and other stakeholders.


As leaders in their respective fields, WHO and FAO spearhead global expert groups and provide invaluable scientific advice to develop international food safety standards, safeguarding consumer health and supporting food trade across the globe. To learn more about their tireless efforts and the impact of their work, please visit their site here.


World Food Safety Day (WFSD) takes place on 7th June and this year’s theme is Food Safety: Prepare for the Unexpected. This theme draws attention to food safety incidents and underlines the importance of being prepared for food safety incidents, no matter how mild or severe they can be. To learn more about the WFSD 2024 campaign, please visit their website here.


The Food Safety Summit’s theme for 2024, Every Link in the Food Chain Matters, ties in well with this year’s WFSD theme as there will be discussions around incidents such as Aflatoxin contamination and the importance of leadership in preventing food safety incidents, among other discussion topics. 

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Select Highlights from the 2023 Food Safety Summit

In 2023, we explored a variety of captivating topics and challenges facing the South African Food Industry. Our exploration began by examining the intricacies of maintaining a cold-chain during loadshedding. We then shifted our focus to the global industry, shedding light on the challenges associated with regulating plant-based foods, edible insects, and lab-cultured meats.


Our Keynote Speaker, Wandile Sihlobo, Chief Economist at AGBIZ, provided profound insights into the factors impacting the South African Food Supply. Dr. Sarah Cahill, Senior Food Standards Officer and Secretariat at the Codex Alimentarius Commission, shed light on the life-saving nature of Food Safety Standards, emphasizing their crucial role in safeguarding the public health space.

Adding a remarkable dimension to the event, Frank Yiannas, a renowned leader and executive in Food Safety, delivered a captivating presentation on “The Evolution of Food Safety Culture as a Science – Not a Slogan.” His thought-provoking address left the audience inspired and transformed their perception of Food Safety.

Join us in 2024 as we continue to explore relevant topics and tackle significant challenges facing the South African and global Food Industry, connecting industry professionals, experts, and visionaries to pave the way for a brighter and safer food future.


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Our Platinum Sponsor: SMT Labs (Pty) Ltd

Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to enhance your knowledge, network with industry peers, and be at the forefront of shaping the future of Food Safety Culture within South Africa.

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Join us as we unite thought leaders, industry experts, and passionate professionals on a quest to shape the future of food safety practices in South Africa and beyond.

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