In the interests of promoting public education on food issues, particularly with respect to Food Safety, Food Additives and Food Processing, the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) has established a Meritorious Award for Food Science Journalism. This award embraces reports or articles covering any issue related to Food Science and Technology, with the exception of purely nutritional issues, which are:
- Published in South African newspapers, magazines or periodicals directed at the general public or a section of the public (Trade and House Magazines are excluded).
- Broadcast on South African radio or television.
The Award is intended to recognise those journalists who adopt a responsible approach and whose reports are objective and scientifically correct, and consequently whose work contributes to sound consumer knowledge and an understanding of controversial or complex food issues.