South African Food, Health, and Hygeine

By Go Touch Down Travel and Tours
Back to Home

Standards of hygiene in relation to food health and safety in South Africa are generally high in hotels, restaurants, pubs and nightspots. 


It is safe to eat fresh fruit, vegetables and salads, and to put ice in your drinks. Our fish, meat and chicken are of excellent quality, so there is no need to limit yourself when enjoying the local cuisine.


Restaurants are subject to South Africa's food safety control legislation, which is implemented by local government.  Regulations include certification and regular inspections by health inspectors to ensure hygienic standards are maintained.


Street food is not as common in South Africa as it is in other countries, although vendors selling traditional snacks and meals can be found in city centers and townships. Food safety in such instances cannot always be guaranteed.


At markets and public events, fast-food chains operate mobile outlets or coffee stands, which are safe to patronize. Here you'll also often find individuals selling take-away eats like boerewors rolls, pancakes, samoosas and other South African foods - generally safe to eat. In such instances - as with fresh food preparation at establishments across the country - servers should handle the food with utensils or, if by hand, with gloves.

Want to learn more? Go back to Frequently Asked Questions.


Cape Town


Kruger National Park

Popular Posts