About Shuddha

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha, as the Parent Body representing all Hindus in South Africa has taken on this responsibility. The Shuddha Logo is the official registered trademark of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha (SAHMS). Food manufacturing companies are also beginning to realise the potential of using the logo on their range of products. Many manufacturers market their products as vegetarian. Closer investigation often reveals that such products contain animal fats or additives of animal origin.

The primary goal of the Shuddha Committee is to provide a widely recognized Certification programme which will enable vegetarians to make accurate and informed food choices. To promote the interests, concerns and ideals of Hinduism and individuals and organizations that choose a vegetarian lifestyle, That they can be confident in their choices and manufacturers claims.

This resulted in the creation of the Shuddha Committee`s official guidelines for accreditation of products and the use of the the Shuddha Logo.

The SAHMS Shuddha Committee is a non- profit organization. All fees and charges are levied to cover administrative costs.

APPROVAL
Guidelines For Shuddha Accreditation
For a product to be accredited by The Shuddha Committee it must meet the following criteria:
Free from animal meat, protein, tissue or fat (meat, poultry, fish or shellfish), or bone stock, animal or carcass fats, gelatine, insect or extracts from insects or any other ingredients resulting from slaughter.

Any primary packaging material (edible or non edible) used to protect, sell, distribute food should should not contain any of the above , eg wax coatings on cheese and related foods, sausage casings, etc.

No pre-treatment of food should contain any of the above material, even if the material is extracted or absent from the final end-product.

  • Contain no eggs,
  • Cruelty free- No animal testing
  • Free from Alcohol – No cross contamination during the production process. If the production line is shared with non-vegetarian products, thorough cleaning must be carried out before vegetarian production commences. This extends to all associated machinery, equipment, utensils, surfaces and clothing, which must remain free from non vegetarian ingredients before vegetarian products are touched, prepared, produced or packaged. Strict procedures must be in place to ensure packaging mix-ups and other errors do not occur.

This simple set of guidelines is embodied by the Shuddha Committees approved logo which ensures foods are absolutely suitable for Hindus and vegetarians. People are increasingly coming to rely on the Shuddha Logo. No other symbol can give consumers such reassurance and inspire such trust. The Shuddha logo is now proudly displayed on a diverse range of product lines available in South Africa. The Committee continues to work in mutually beneficial partnership with the food industry, to extend the range of food suitable for Fasting Hindus and vegetarians. Shuddha Committee approval continues to go from strength to strength. It is becoming more popular and widespread, which can only be good news for Hindus, vegetarians and food manufacturers alike.

FAQ’S

Shuddha Committee accreditation costs, a once off Registration/ Application fees of R5000.00 and an annual fee of R5000.

This is extremely cost effective when compared with the cost of other marketing activities.

On receipt of the enclosed application form, we will review your application and contact you with a quotation for approval.

SUPPORT
What Would a Manufacturer Get for the Annual Accreditation Fee?
  • Manufacturer will get use of their logo on products as well as advertising on our website. Inclusive to all Shuddha related functions and an annual certificate on renewal of your Shuddha accreditation.
VISION

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VISION

Our vision is that manufacturers recognise the value of the Shuddha trademark and apply for accreditation.

MISSION

The Mission of the Shuddha trademark is to provide assurance to consumers that ingredients are verified and are pure vegetarian.

Manufacturers must be accountable and responsible in their production and labelling.

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ACCREDITED MANUFACTURERS