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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Dehydrate food products 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
8825  Dehydrate food products 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Food 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 3  NQF Level 03  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of dehydration of food products.
  • Prepare for dehydration of food products.
  • Dehydrate food products.
  • Perform end of dehydration procedures.

    This unit standard is intended for a person working in a food environment who has the responsibility of dehydrating food products in order to extend the shelf life and preserve these products. Dehydration excludes the process of spray drying.

    This unit will contribute to the full development of the learner with in the food manufacturing environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within the field of manufacturing and assembly. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the food manufacturing and processing environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Required skills and knowledge on:
  • Cleaning procedures, handling of equipment and chemicals.
  • Representative sample taking for quality control purposes.
  • Heating procedures and principles. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The scope of this unit standard is for a person working in a food environment who has the responsibility of dehydrating food products in order to extend the shelf life and preserve these products. Dehydration excludes the process of spray drying.

    In the context of this unit standard, dehydration refers to artificial drying under controlled conditions where preservation is the principle objective.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is appropriate because the process requires a range of well-developed skills and offers a significant choice of procedures. Some relevant theoretical knowledge, interpretation of available information, discretion and judgement, as well as a range of known responses to familiar problems are employed. The application of this unit standard is to qualify the person towards certification in skilled occupations and sub-trades. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of dehydration of food products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The importance and purpose of dehydrating food products are identified and explained according to scientific principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. The basic principles of dehydration and the effect on micro-organisms lethality are explained according to basic scientific principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The critical control points within the dehydration process are identified according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. The principles of preservation and extending a perishable food product shelf life by means of dehydration are explained according to scientific principles. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. The operating procedure of dehydrating equipment is described according to the equipment operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. The components of dehydration equipment are identified and the purpose of each component is explained according to the equipment operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    7. Food safety practices and procedures for dehydration are identified and explained. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for dehydrating of food products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. Personal preparation is done according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Personal preparation refers to practices that ensure hygiene and personal and product safety.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Work areas and the dehydrating equipment or processes are prepared according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Preparation refers to cleaning and/or sanitising and pre-start up checks on the equipment. Dehydrating equipment can include batch dehydrators or continuous dehydrators.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Food products are received, prepared and maintained according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Receiving refers to sufficient quantity and checking if the raw materials or products are quality released according to work-site requirements.
    Maintaining refers to all the work-site requirements in order to maintain the quality of the raw materials or products.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Food product shortages are reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Dehydrate food products. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The dehydrating equipment or processes is started, operated and controlled according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Food products are dehydrated according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. Product and process parameters are controlled and recorded. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Samples are taken according to standard operating procedures and requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Dehydrated food products are released for further processing according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Releasing of dehydrated food products can only take place if:
  • any other process- related problems are solved within scope of work in order to ensure product quality,
  • adjustments are made to the process when it does not meet the work-site requirements.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Work areas are kept and maintained during the dehydrating procedures according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Releasing of dehydrated food products can only take place if:
  • Any other process- related problems are solved within scope of work in order to ensure product quality.
  • Adjustments are made to the process when it does not meet the work-site.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Perform end of dehydration procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    1. The dehydrating equipment or process is shut down according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    2. Sub-standard product is handled according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    3. The work area and dehydrating equipment are cleaned and sanitised according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    4. Cleaning equipment is stored in designated areas according to work-site requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    5. Waste from the cleaning process is handled and stored or dispatched according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    6. Process records are kept according to standard operating procedures. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner`s competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions.
  • Practical demonstration of dehydrating food products.
  • This unit standard can be assessed with first line operational maintenance and process control unit standards. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within the assessment criteria of each specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Solving process related problems within the scope of work in order to ensure product quality.

    Evident in the following specific outcome:
  • Prepare for dehydrating of food products.
  • Dehydrate food products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team and/or group.

    Evident in all the specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one`s activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Performing personal preparation, workplace and equipment preparation in order to operate process and equipment according to standard operating procedures.

    Evident in the following specific outcome:
  • Prepare for dehydrating of food products.
  • Dehydrate food products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Taking a sample.

    Evident in the following specific outcome:
  • Dehydrate food products. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Keeping records.

    Evident in the following specific outcome:
  • Perform end of dehydration procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Evident in all the specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Evident in all the specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.

    Evident in all the specific outcome. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Supplementary Information:

    1. Legal requirements:

    The following acts and/or codes, current and future regulations and amendments will be applicable
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, No. 54 of 1972
  • Health Act, No 63 of 1977
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act, No. 85 of 1993
  • SABS Food Hygiene Management Code 49: 1989.

    2. Definition of terms within this unit standard:

    Dehydration
    Refers to artificial drying under controlled conditions where preservation is the principle objective.Dehydration excludes the process of spray drying.

    Dehydrating equipment
    Refers to al relevant equipment and components related to the dehydrating of food products.

    Food products
    Refer to fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, plant seeds and spices. Depending on the process, food products can also include raw materials.

    Food safety practices and procedures
    Refer to good manufacturing practices, monitoring critical control points, HACCP`s, practices against food contamination and personal hygiene.

    Standard operating procedures
    Refer to company procedures, prescribed procedures from the manufacturer, personal and food safety procedures, good manufacturing practices, best practices, applicable legislation, time frames, recipes and specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  22630   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Manufacturing Technology: Yeast Manufacturing Technology  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  FOODBEV 
    Elective  20504   National Certificate: Food and Beverage Processing: Fruit and Vegetables Processing  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2015-06-30  FOODBEV 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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    1. SUMMERPRIDE FOODS PTY LTD 



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