COMESA partners tech firm to launch regional seed label verification system

COMESA - The Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has partnered mPedigree's GoldKeys technology to launch an online seed label verification system in the region. COMESA, which covers 19 countries across South, East and Central Africa, will utilise the pan-African tech start-up system to remove phony seed concerns and improve business in quality…

Global food firms commit to phase out industrial transfats by 2023

SWITZERLAND – Global food and beverage companies and members of the International Food and Beverage Alliance (IFBA) have pledged to phase out industrially produced trans-fat from the global food supply by 2023. The twelve food and beverage giants have agreed to adopt enhanced worldwide commitment to phase out industrially produced trans fats (iTFAs) from their…

EU fines AB InBev US$224m over higher beer prices in Belgium

EU – The European Union has fined AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer US$224 million (€200.4 million) for breaching EU antitrust rules by restricting cross-border beer sales. The maker of Budweiser and Corona has been indicted for abusing its dominance in the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the…

AB InBev’s Asia business files for Hong Kong IPO valued at US$5b

ASIA – World’s largest brewer, AB InBev has filed for Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) of its business in Asia Pacific, in a deal which could be worth US$5 billion. According to a Reuters report, AB InBev is considering listing a minority stake in its Asian operations to create a separate business. The move…

FSA backs mandatory full ingredient labeling for pre-packed direct sale food

UK – The Food Standards Agency of the United Kingdom has recommended that increased allergen information should be provided on pre-packed direct sale food to give consumers greater confidence in the food they eat. According to FSA, more extensive food labelling will help protect specially consumers who are conscious of what they eat. This is…

FDA issues guidance on food contact substances in preparation of baby milk

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued guidance on preparation of Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) for food contact substances that will come into contact with infant formula and/or human (breast) milk. The guidance includes evaluation of the safety of all packaging materials used in infant formula packaging, such as baby bottles,…

Nigerian regulator launches electronic seed verification system

NIGERIA – The National Agricultural Seeds Council (NASC) a regulator in the agriculture sector in Nigeria, has introduced an innovative platform for electronic quality verification of seeds and planting materials in the country. The agency which operates under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development, will work with mPedigree as its strategic innovation partner,…

Cargill voluntarily recalls feed possibly contaminated with aflatoxin

USA – Cargill’s animal nutrition business is voluntarily recalling select Southern States feed due to aflatoxin levels that exceed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) action levels, according to World Grain. The affected products were manufactured at Cargill’s Cleveland, North Carolina, U.S., facility. Cargill first learned of the issue when it received a notification…

Tyson recalls chicken strip products on possible foreign matter contamination

USA – Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling 11,829,517 (about 12 million pounds) pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products due to possible contamination with foreign matter, specifically pieces of metal. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement, frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from…

New IFPRI report calls for increased funding in agriculture sector

AFRICA – The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) proposes more funding in the agriculture sector to promote food security in rural areas, according to a new report released by the agriculture think tank. The 2019 Global Food Policy Report recently launched in Kigali, Rwanda proposed that governments increase financial and policy support to rural…