Tesco to remove “Best Before” dates from fruit and veg label to cut on food waste

UK - The British grocery store Tesco has announced plans to ditch ‘Best Before’ dates from its own label fruit and vegetables as part of the supermarket’s move to reduce the amount of edible food going into waste and eventually landfill. These include almost 70 fruit and vegetable lines for apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and…

USDA appoints administration officials to its food safety agency

USA - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced the appointment of Carmen Rottenberg and Paul Kiecker to the positions of administrator and deputy administrator respectively within USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). “Providing all Americans access to a safe and secure food supply is one of USDA’s critical missions,” said Secretary Perdue.…

Rwanda ban on fruits from SA remains on issues around Listeria

RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…

Cargill invests US$17.2m in Ontario poultry plant

CANADA - Cargill Protein has invested US$17.2 million in state-of-the art chicken processing technology at its Ontario facility in a determination to ensure humane handling of food animals. To address customers and consumer concerns on animal welfare, the firm has installed a Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) system to be replacing electric method, attributed to convulsive…

US-China partner in an agreement to increase dairy exports

USA - The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) in collaboration with Jiangnan University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance growth of US dairy export in China. The agreement, signed on March 30, opens new opportunities geared at benefiting both the China and US economy. China presents a large dairy and infant formula…

East African competition authority begins operations to check on malpractices

TANZANIA - The East African Competition Authority has started its operations with a mandate to check on price fixing and other malpractices by investigative firms and trade associations which exploit consumers, The EastAfrican reports. In addition, the authority is undertaking market studies to inform the competitiveness of the regional economy. The Authority, based in Tanzania’s…

Kenya lifts ban on poultry imports from Uganda after 15 months

KENYA - Kenya will resume importation of poultry carcasses, eggs and day old chicks from Uganda in totality, after a recommendation that ascertained the country was free of avian influenza disease, reports Business Daily. According to a report given by the Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Michael Cheruiyot, they had lifted the ban partially and…

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade – UK Govt report

WORLD - Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns. The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and…

Standard Meat recalls raw beef due to possible Salmonella contamination

USA - Standard Meat Company, LP producer, processor and seller of meat products is recalling up to 53,154 pounds of raw beef products that may possibly be contaminated with Salmonella, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The raw meat products shipped to restaurant locations nationwide were said to contain…

RCL’s Wolwehoek factory cleared of Listeria strain by a French lab

SOUTH AFRICA - RCL Foods has said that tests conducted by an independent laboratory in France showed the Wolwehoek polony plant was free of ST6 strain claimed to be the source of Listeriosis scare in the country. According to the company, the laboratory, considered to be a leading expert in the field tested the facility…