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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply basic food safety practices 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
116166  Apply basic food safety practices 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Primary Agriculture 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Primary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 1  NQF Level 01 
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 learner achieving this unit standard will be able to apply sound food safety principles by identifying risk factors in food contamination and applying preventative measures to ensure product safety.

Learners will gain an understanding of sustainable agricultural practices as applied in the animal-, plant and mixed farming sub fields. This unit standard focuses on the application of food safety principles in primary agriculture.

They will be able to participate in, undertake and plan farming practices with knowledge of their environment. This unit standard will instil a culture of maintenance and care for both the environment as well as towards farming infrastructure and operations. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
No learning is assumed to be in place. 

UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
Whilst range statements have been defined generically to include as wide a set of alternatives as possible, all range statements should be interpreted within the specific context of application.

Range statements are neither comprehensive nor necessarily appropriate to all contexts. Alternatives must however be comparable in scope and complexity. These are only as a general guide to scope and complexity of what is required. 

Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
Apply good personal hygiene practices. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Effective personal hygiene practices are demonstrated. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Personal hygiene practices include but are not limited to correct way of washing hands; when to wash hands; sanitary requirements; drinking water suitable for human consumption.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
Current health status is judged and a decision whether to report is made. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Health status may include but is not limited to open wounds, communicable diseases, diseases that need to be declared according to legislation.
 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
Demonstrate an understanding of risk factors in food contamination. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Risk factors pertaining to food contamination are identified. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Risk factors include examples of physical, chemical and microbiological factors.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The importance of food safety practices with regards to export and marketing is explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
Apply preventative measures against food contamination. 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Preventative measures are identified and explained. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Preventative measures include but are not limited to empty chemical containers; waste disposal; clean working area; open wounds; hand washing.
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
The implications of non-application of preventative measures are explained. 

SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
Understand and adhere to warning signs regarding product safety (where applicable). 

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
 

ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
Warning signs are interpreted correctly and respected. 
ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
Warning signs include but are not limited to toxins; danger signs; harvest intervals; with holding periods.
 


UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established assessment principles.

It will be necessary to develop assessment activities and tools, which are appropriate to the contexts in which the qualifying learners are working. These activities and tools may include an appropriate combination of self-assessment and peer assessment, formative and summative assessment, portfolios and observations etc.

The assessment should ensure that al the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge are assessed.

The specific outcomes must be assessed through observation of performance. Supporting evidence should be used to prove competence of specific outcomes only when they are not clearly seen in the actual performance.

Essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in its own right, through oral or written evidence and cannot be assessed only by being observed.

The specific outcomes and essential embedded knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a qualifying learner is able to perform the specific outcomes but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, then they should not be assessed as competent.

Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard or assessing this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The qualifying learner is able to demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of:
  • Effective personal hygiene practices.
  • Risk factors related to food safety.
  • Basic principles of food safety.
  • Food borne illnesses.
  • Hygiene principles.
  • Impact of food safety in trade.
  • The purpose for the study of Food Safety.
  • Names and terms particular to food safety practices.
  • Procedures in place to ensure food safety.
  • All relevant legislation related to food manufacture and food safety.
  • The relationship between food, food safety and food production. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Problem solving relates to specific outcomes:
  • Apply good personal hygiene practices.
  • Apply preventative measures against food contamination. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Team work: relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of risk factors in food contamination.
  • Apply preventative measures against food contamination.
  • Understand and adhere to warning signs regarding product safety (where applicable). 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Self-organisation and management relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information evaluation relates to specific outcomes:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of risk factors in food contamination.
  • Understand and adhere to warning signs regarding product safety (where applicable). 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communication relates to specific outcome:
  • Understand and adhere to warning signs regarding product safety (where applicable). 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Science and Technology: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Inter-relatedness of systems relates to specific outcome:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of risk factors in food contamination. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Self development: relates to all specific outcomes. 

    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 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48970   National Certificate: Animal Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48971   National Certificate: Mixed Farming Systems  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Core  48972   National Certificate: Plant Production  Level 1  NQF Level 01  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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    8. CEDARS CONSULTANTS CC (Boksburg)(TP) 
    9. Deloitte 
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    12. ELSENBURG AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE 
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    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.