Tanzania receives US$115m European Union funding to boost agriculture

TANZANIA - The government of Tanzania has received US$115.91 million (Tsh265 billion) from the European Union to enhance productivity and competitiveness in the Agricultural sector. According to the Citizen, the programme dubbed ‘agri- connect’ would focus on key agricultural sectors such as horticulture, coffee, tea as well as food production and nutrition security. During the…

Union of European Soft Drinks Association sets new sustainability packaging goals

EU - The Union of European Soft Drinks Associations (Unesda) has set new sustainable packaging goals, including a commitment to ensure that 100% of soft drinks plastic packaging across the EU will be recyclable by 2025. According to FoodBev, other commitments made by the Union include a target to ensure that PET bottles used for…

Mondelez adopts contingency plans as businesses prepare in case of a hard Brexit

EUROPE – Mondelēz International, owners of the iconic British chocolate brand Cadbury’s, has begun stockpiling ingredients and finished products like chocolates and confectionery to avoid the potential pitfalls of a no-deal Brexit scenario. According to FoodingredientsFirst, many businesses are adopting contingency plans in case of a hard Brexit as the clock continues to count down…

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,…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

BASF launches HMO ingredient as it gears up for competition in infant formula

GERMANY - BASF plans to launch a human milk oligosaccharide ingredient 2’-fucosyllactose (2’-FL) by early 2019, accelerating its presence in infant formula even as manufacturers upgrade to large scale production to meet consumer demand. 2’-FL was developed in-house using a specific HMO fermentation strain and is said to be beneficial to infant gut microbiota and…

FAO commits to supporting and improving fisheries sector in Liberia

LIBERIA - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has pledged support and ensure improvement of the fisheries sector in Liberia, according to the NEWS. FAO will provide the needed logistical support to ensure overall transformation and improvement of the Liberian Fisheries Sector. This is geared towards economic empowerment in Liberia with…

EFSA to consider limits for kaurenoic acid, an impurity found in stevia

EUROPE - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a recommendation to the European Union to set limits for the kaurenoic acid (KA), an impurity found in stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute. Last month, EFSA held a technical meeting with representatives from Cargill, International Stevia Council (ISC), Pure Circle, Coca Cola, Sweegen and…

EU invests US$2.37m in cashewnut project in Kenya to revive the industry

KENYA - The European Union has launched a US$2.37 million cashewnut and sesame value chain project to revive the ailing industry after the collapse of the sole processor at the Kenyan Coast, Kenya Cashewnuts Factory. Revival of the new factory, now under the management of the Millennium Nuts Company, brings hope for 15,000 farmers in…