Product reformulation a success in Ireland, industry says

EUROPE - The Irish trade association, Food Drink Ireland (FDI) has said that product reformulation rather than taxes, has brought tangible results for public health, a critical indicator for the success of the industry, a Euractiv article reveals. This is in line with the 2016 Reformulation Project report launched by FDI in collaboration with Crème…

Greenyard reopens Hungarian facility after finding root cause of Listeria

BELGIUM – Greenyard, one of the largest suppliers of fruit and vegetables in the world, has announced the restart of production in its Hungarian facility, after it conducted an in-depth review and found the Listeria root cause. According to the company, Greenyard has found a persistent presence of Listeria monocytogenes in one of the freezing…

Kenyan government drafts standards for blending of maize and wheat flour

KENYA - The government of Kenya has drafted guidelines and standards governing the blending of maize and wheat flour by millers to strengthen the nutritional components of the products, reports the Nation. According to a Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) technical team, the ministry of agriculture wants all flour to be blended by crops like…

Japan scraps ban on liquid baby formula with new standards for manufacturers

JAPAN - Japan’s milk industry has welcomed its government’s decision to revise an ordinance that prohibited the production and sale of liquid baby formula, reversing the ban that had permitted powdered product only. According to justfood, the ministry of health, labour and welfare has announced new standards for ready-made liquid baby formula that can be…

South Africa’s oilseed production to reach 2.6m tons as it moves towards self-sufficiency

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s oilseed production is projected to reach 2.6 million tonnes for the 2018/19 MY from 2.5 million tonnes produced in the previous season, as it moves towards self-sufficiency in oilseed value chains. USDA’s August GAIN report indicates that the country has shown a positive trend in oilseeds planting over the years…

Nigeria to exit rice import by 2020 as States embarks on large-scale production

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh has said that the country is looking to exit rice importation by 2020 even as state government’s embark on mass production to boost food security, reports the Leadership. The federal government is committed to enhance rice production in the country with plans to become…

African Health Ministers adopts framework to end cholera outbreaks by 2030

AFRICA - Health Ministers from 47 African countries have committed to adopt and implement key strategies in efforts to end cholera outbreaks in the African region by 2030. The ministers have adopted Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control to end the epidemic that has found ground especially…

Government opens new bidding process for stalled sugar projects

ETHIOPIA - The government of Ethiopia has announced a new bidding process for the construction of stalled sugar projects and is considering awarding the work to Chinese firms for completion, reports Addis Fortune. Sugar Corporation, the government-owned sugar milling firm responsible for the construction of the sugar factories has invited three companies to visit the…

U.S. seeks to push African countries to adopt GM crops

AFRICA - The United States is seeking African governments’ approval of genetically engineered (GMO) products given various restrictions on GMO imports in various African countries. TheEastAfrican has reported that a Trump administration official is visiting Africa to promote acceptance of the engineered crops as a way to meet the continent’s food needs while also fostering…

EFSA to review potential hazards and safety levels of food contact material bisphenol A

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has unveiled a new working group of scientific experts to evaluate recent technological data on the potential hazards and safety limits of the food contact material bisphenol A (BPA). The re-assessment, set to start this month will be carried out by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials,…