Kenya seeks COMESA’s protection from cheap imported sugar

KENYA - Kenya has written to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) seeking protection from cheap sugar imported into the country from the region, according to Business Daily. This is not the first time Kenya has written to the free trade area pursuing to limit sugar imports from the region while protecting…

Ben & Jerry under attack over deceptive marketing allegations

USA - US iconic ice cream brand Ben & Jerry’s has come under attack from the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) which has filed suit against the Unilever-owned company over deceptive marketing allegations. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the OCA is suing Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., for what it calls the "deceptive labeling, marketing and sale of…

FDA says sale of recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal still ongoing

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has announced that the recalled Kellogg Co Honey Smacks cereal was still being sold at retail outlets and warned consumers not to purchase the product, according to Reuters. Kellogg company had voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential…

Sweden health officials probe Hepatitis A outbreak as a result of frozen strawberry imports

SWEDEN - Public health officials in Sweden are probing an outbreak of Hepatitis A in SwedeN, after thirteen people were thought to be infected with the virus from a batch of frozen strawberries that were imported from Poland. According to FoodingredientsFirst, the Public Health Agency of Sweden, the National Food Agency and local authorities are involved…

China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…

Woolworth recalls frozen rice as precaution amidst listeria outbreak in Europe

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa-based multinational retail company, Woolworths Holdings Limited has recalled a frozen savory rice mix as part of a worldwide product recall issued by the Hungarian Food Safety Agency (HFSA) following listeria outbreak in Europe, according to Reuters. The recall comes after one of Woolworths suppliers was identified as the likely source…

ISO publishes new standards for testing infant formula: ISO 20636:2018

SWITZERLAND - The international standard-setting body, International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed and published new standards for testing infant formulas and adult nutritionals. The standards adjudged ISO 20635; Infant formula and adult nutritionals involves determination of vitamin C by (ultra) high performance liquid chromatography with ultraviolet detection ((U)HPLC-UV), while ISO 20636; Infant formula and…

Dairy farmers of Canada to participate in Front-of-Package consultations

CANADA – The Government of Canada has announced its plan to move ahead with its Front of Pack Warning Labelling public consultation, to which other dairy products, rich in essential nutrients, will be stigmatised by a warning label telling consumers as to which products are healthy and which are not. By exempting whole milk from…

Rite Foods receives ISO 9001 certification to expand into West Africa

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s food and beverage company, Rite Foods has received ISO 9001:2015 certification from the Standard Organisation of Nigeria as it seeks growth into the rest of the West African countries, according to the Vanguard. The Quality Management System certification demonstrates the food manufacturer’s ability to provide quality products and services that meet both…

Government to review excise duty increase on locally produced alcohol

NIGERIA - The Federal government of Nigeria is considering to review the recent increase in tariff rates on alcoholic drinks produced locally, reported Beverage Industry news quoting information from the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige. According to the minister, the government will review the new 500% excise duty, which came into effect on June…