SA meat industry affected by foot-and- mouth disease.

SOUTH AFRICA – Meat producers in South Africa have raised an alarm on the industry’s performance following the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease which has seen its neighbouring countries suspend importation of SA’s red meat until proof that the disease has been contained. Sandy le Marque, the CEO of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union…

Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…

African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…

Food and Drug Authority and regulators partner in food safety training

TANZANIA -Tanzania Food and Drug Authority has partnered four other agencies to train food traders and handlers on food hygiene and quality with an aim to improve safety and consumer health. According to the Daily News, the partnership involves government agencies; TFDA, BRELA, Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade), Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) and Tanzania Bureau of Standard…

High court ratifies listeriosis class action suit against Tiger Brands

SOUTH AFRICA - The Johannesburg high court certified the request by the law firms representing listeriosis claimants to amalgamate the cases against Tiger Brands into a one class action suit, reports Fin24. The listeriosis outbreak, which according to the world health organisation was the largest of its kind, infected over one thousand people and costed…

Tanzania Bureau of Standards to launch new laboratory for efficiency

TANZANIA - Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is set to launch a new special laboratory that will see efficiency of service delivery by the bureau increased, reports Daily News. This is part of the commitment of the Tanzanian government in the implementation of its industrialisation agenda. With the expected increased industrialisation, the new lab will…

Government of India makes jute packaging mandatory for all food grains

INDIA – The Indian government has approved a proposal making jute packaging mandatory for all food grains, a move that aims to enhance quality and productivity of both the grains and jute bags, reports Times of India. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved that 100 % of the food grains and 20% of…

Guinness Nigeria receives SON’s standards and good manufacturing certification

NIGERIA – Nigeria’s alcoholic beverages manufacturer, Guinness Nigeria has received Mandatory Conformity Assessment Scheme (MANCAP) certification for 24 of its products from the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON). Guinness Nigeria Plc was commended for adherence to good manufacturing practices and high standards to provide assurance to consumers and guarantee compliance, reports Beverage Industry News. The…

FSSAI outlines new regulations that prohibits use of ‘natural’ on some food labels

INDIA – The Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has laid down new regulations that requires food companies to use the word ‘natural’ only if the food labelled is natural. According to ET Retail report, manufacturers cannot claim a food to be natural if rather than washing, peeling, trimming and chilling, is subjected to…