WHO unveils new plan to eliminate use of trans fats in food

USA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled a new plan to eliminate the use of trans fats, calling for the gains made against the harmful acids in richer countries to be spread worldwide. Industrially produced trans-fatty acids, such as margarine and some hardened vegetable fats, are popular among food producers because they are…

EU bans ‘dual food’ to restrict sale of low quality food

EU - The European Union has issued a directive to ban ‘dual food’ to tackle the issue of known brands selling its food products of lower quality in some markets in the EU. The commission is set to provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to…

UNIDO to help Nigeria to resume beans exports to EU

NIGERIA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will in the next month begin a pilot project to enable the resumption of export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union (EU). According to an article by the Daily Trust, the European Union had instilled the ban for export to the member countries from Nigeria…

Zimbabwe bans imports of cold meat at the centre of Listeriosis outbreak in SA

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe is reported to have endorsed an import ban on cold meat products from South Africa, as the Listeriosis outbreak takes an elevation in SA. Zimbabwe joins four other countries that have opted to either suspend imports of the products or make an immediate recall of the affected products with what they termed…

Top executives in discussions towards alternative packaging after plastic ban

KENYA - Top executives of industrial packaging manufacturers are in Nairobi this week for an exclusive conference and exhibition whose focus is to develop new materials that will enable the industry to chart the way forward in the wake of the ban on plastic bags. In Kenya, finding alternatives to plastic packaging has become more…

NEMA closes Burma market for violating plastics bags ban

KENYA - The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) has ordered the immediate closure of Nairobi’s Burma market for what the agency has termed as “high level of violation of the plastic ban”. NEMA Corporate Communications Manager Evans Nyabuto confirmed the closure, adding that the market will remain shut until it can demonstrate full compliance with…

Consumers hit as plastic bags trade continues in disguise

KENYA- Plastic carrier bags have re-emerged in most grocery markets, making a mockery of last year’s ban and imposing additional cost on consumers who are forced to pay more for the product. Smugglers at Kenya’s border points have been enjoying an unlikely black market boom trading in the illegal plastic bags. Groceries markets in residential…