AFMASS Eastern Africa edition

AFMASS Eastern Africa is the food, beverage and milling industry's largest conference and exhibition attended by key decision makers from Eastern Africa Africa to trade, network and learn the latest processing, packaging and safety technologies. The event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya on May 2-4, 2019. More information can be found on the events…

FDA advances implementation of agric water requirements for produce safety

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States has announced that it is advancing new tools and science for implementing agricultural water requirements for produce safety. The agency has said the additional initiatives are meant to ensure the feasibility of federal requirements and incorporate lessons learned from recent outbreaks related to Romaine…

Tanzania launches US$34.11m project to combat aflatoxin and address food safety

TANZANIA – Tanzania has launched a new project through an investment worth US$34.11 million (TShs80 billion) that seeks to control Aflatoxin, reports Daily News. Speaking during the launch of the project dubbed as ‘Tanzania Initiative for Preventing Aflatoxin Contamination’ (TANIPAC), Agriculture Minister, Mr Japhet Hasunga, noted that the five-year project would also address food safety…

African Union launches new pan-African labelling and certification system

AFRICA - The African Organization for Standardization (ARSO), an African Union (AU) unit is set to introduce a new pan-African labelling and certification system to enhance access to international and regional markets for African Producers. The Eco Mark Africa (EMA) will be the continent’s first commonly accepted standard for goods that seeks to promote the…

Zomato delists 5,000 restaurants in India over hygiene non-compliance

INDIA – Zomato, online food delivery firm in India, said it has delisted over 5000 restaurant partners in February after failing to comply with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) hygiene standards. As part of monitoring hygiene compliance, Zomato said it is working with FSSAI in conducting audits of all restaurants listed…

International agencies call for joint cooperation to boost food safety

ETHIOPIA – World leaders during the recently held First International Food Safety in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia called for increased international cooperation to boost food safety as an integral aspect of sustainable development. The conference was organised by the African Union (AU), the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World…

Standards Organisation of Nigeria develops new standards for indigenous foods

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in collaboration with other institutions has developed five new standards on indigenous foods as it seeks to promote the government agenda on economic diversification through agriculture. The Vanguard reports that the on-going development of the Standards also seeks to promote the application of research and technology to…

Tanzania, IITA unveils new tech to combat aflatoxin

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with The U.S. government in partnership and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), have unveiled AflasafeTZ, a technology to reduce aflatoxin contamination in human food and animal feed reports Daily News. In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Tanzania, the product will help reduce…

Nigeria’s Crown Flour Mills receives ISO certifications

NIGERIA – Crown Flour Mills has been awarded International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certification for food safety and quality management, ISO TS 22002-1:2009; FSSC 22000; ISO 9001:2015 by Bureau Veritas, reports This Day Nigeria. The ISO 9001:2015 is a certification that specifies the eight quality management principles which defines the way an organisation operates to…

General Mills voluntarily recalls bags of flour over salmonella fears

USA – The American food manufacturer, General Mills has voluntarily recalled 5-pound bags of its Gold Medal Unbleached flour following concerns that it could possibly be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall involved Gold Medal Unbleached All Purpose 5LB Flour (Package UPC 000-16000-19610-0) with a Use by Date 20 April 2020 (20APR2020KC). The company clearly indicated…