Uganda coffee meets Sudan’s new export standards

UGANDA - Uganda has met all required standards and is now ready to export her coffee to Sudan. The latter is Uganda’s second largest market destination. Sudan gave Uganda a two-year grace period to comply with its new standards of coffee exports or else lose the market. While meeting a delegation of the Sudan Standards…

European Union lifts ban on Ghanaian horticultural exports

GHANA - Ghanaian farmers can now resume export of all plant commodities to the European Union (EU) market from January 1, 2018, following the European Commission’s decision on October 31, to lift the current ban on commodities from Ghana. A release from the European Union Delegation to Ghana copied to the Ghana News Agency in…

NAFDAC slashes registration fees for food products by 50%

NIGERIA - The National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control NAFDAC has slashed the registration fees for food and products by business outfits by 50%. The acting Director General, Mr. Ademola Mogbojuri, who disclosed this in Minna, Niger state on Monday, said that the decision was to boost manufacturing of goods and other…

FSSAI plans ‘one nation, one food safety law’

INDIA - The concept of ‘one-nation, one-tax’ behind the goods and services tax (GST) implemented across the country seems to be influencing other organisations. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex food regulator, is working on a ‘one-nation, one-food-safety-law’ so that every state-level food authority follows a standard practice for…

SA citrus industry suspends exports to the EU, with exceptions

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa has suspended exports of citrus to the EU following the detection of black spot. This comes at a time when the country’s agricultural sector is dealing with the fallout from a prolonged drought. The Western Cape, which produces more than 50% of SA’s agricultural exports, has been particularly hard hit.…

House panel accuses NAFDAC of failure to perform duty

NIGERIA - The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the production and distribution of soft drinks manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) and other soft drinks producers in the country accused the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) of compromise and failing in its duties to live up to…

2 Sisters Group boss grilled over poultry factory safety breaches

UK - The multimillionaire boss of 2 Sisters Food Group has apologised to a parliamentary committee following the safety branches revealed by an undercover investigation. The chicken company's chief executive Ranjit Singh Boparan appeared before the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee on Wednesday and, asked if he accepted the allegations, replied that he…

House panel pledges to continue soft drinks probe

NIGERIA - Majority Leader of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the National Assembly has power to carry out an investigation into a matter involving privately-run companies. Speaking as the chairman of the House ad hoc Committee investigating the production and distribution of soft drinks manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling…

Beverage producers decline invitation to public hearing on soft drinks

NIGERIA - The Director General, Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), Mr. Olusegun Oshinowo, has asked its members to decline an invitation by the Federal House of Representatives ad-hoc Committee investigating the production and distribution of soft drinks manufactured by the Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) and other drinks produced or marketed in Nigeria. “On the…

House panel summons soft drinks firms over additives in drinks

NIGERIA - An ad hoc Committee of the Federal House of Representatives has sent out summons to 91 carbonated soft drinks producers in the country to appear before it and respond to allegations of harmful additives found in some soft drinks sold in the country. According to the directive, some of the companies invited to…