Food Packaging regulation in Africa

Get more information on food packaging regulations and individual legislations on food packaging materials in South Africa and Nigeria.

South Africa

Important regulations are the following:

The Foodstuffs, Disinfectants and Cosmetics Act (FDCA) 54 of 1972; last updated in 2009. Controls the sale, manufacture, importation and exportation of foodstuffs (including food packaging), cosmetics, and disinfectants.

R962/2012 which provides general hygiene requirements for food premises and the transport of food. Section 7(2) of R962/2012 states, "A container shall be clean and free from any toxic substance, ingredient or any other substance liable to contaminate or spoil the food in the container."


The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is in the process of developing updated packaging regulations. Details and Updates are available on the NAFDAC website