Regulation R638 Knowledge Test (30 min)

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  1. Most of the questions were asked with clarity. Question 19, however, is very ambiguous. You are making an assumption that all fuel retailers are equipped with a retail facility that serves food items. This is not the case, however. There does exist fuel stations that do not sell food. In your explanation you also refer to “most”….which is not equal to all. Hence, my assertion of ambiguity.

    • Hi Danny,

      Thank you for the comment. We always appreciate input from our learners.

      Most fuel stations do sell some kind of food and/or beverage products which can be consumed, for example, soda drinks, sweets, chips, water, etc. They are therefore considered food premises and also need to comply with the requirements of Regulations R638. We do agree that some might not sell any food/beverage products, but they are in the minority.

      We hope this will clarify the question.

      ASC Consultants

  2. Question A – all my selected answers were correct but I did not select the light-coloured paint option as it is not stipulated on the R638 regulation. It is however mentioned in your course material but the test is on the regulation, so one could then think that it’s a trick question and if you chose that option and it is not in the regulation that you will be marked wrong. Now it is marked wrong in any case even though the other 3 answers that were selected were right and part of the regulation?

    Question B: A person can apply for exemption of any of the provisions on R638. Except for exemption for the requirement for a COA. Isn’t the R638 and its provisions in fact a summary of what is needed to obtain a COA. Which then should be that you can apply for exemption on ANY provision but not ALL?

    • Good day Hanel,

      Question A: Ligh-coloured walls for food handling areas are an industry standard and part of Good Manufacturing Practices. Although not specifically mentioned in the regulation it is worth mentioning and taking note.

      Question B: You can refer to Regulation (14)(1) on page 28 of the Regulation. It means if it is impractical or very costly to implement any of the Regulation’s requirements, you can apply for an exemption, but the inspector will still need to determine if it has a negative impact on food safety. The only exception is you cannot apply for an exemption from the Certificate of Acceptability itself. You still need to apply for a COA.

      Kind regards,

      ASC Consultants

  3. Hi
    About one of the questions, I went through the notes and nowhere does it say anything about selecting a light colour paint.

    It says Interior surfaces must be:
    rust free
    dust free
    water resistant

    • Hi Ruth,

      Light colour paint is the norm for food handling areas to easily identify dirt.

      We will update the course material. Thank you for the information.

      Kind regards,

      ASC Consultants

  4. I’m having problems with my 3g card keep losing the signal. I did not get chance to finish my test.

    • Hi Gammedah,

      With reference to our telephonic support.
      We resetted the test and you can try again. Please let us know if you encounter any other issues.

      Kind Regards,

      ASC Consultants Support


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