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…

Tiger Brands flags loss at meat unit after listeria outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s Tiger Brands said on Monday it expected its meat products unit to record a monthly loss of up to 33 million rand ($3 million) after it suspended operations at four sites over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in 14 months. Health authorities ordered a recall of processed…

Coca-Cola admits to microplastics in Kenyan sourced bottled water

KENYA - Soft drinks giant Coca-Cola has admitted to the concentration of microplastics in Dasani bottled water sourced from a variety of countries, including Kenya. A survey conducted by a team of scientists based at the State University of New York and sponsored by non-profit media organisation Orb, analysed bottled water sourced from Kenya, Indonesia,…

Brazil improves its food safety standards to avoid another ban on meat exports

BRAZIL - Brazil has improved its food safety standards and is working with trading partners to avoid another ban on meat exports from the country, according to Blairo Maggi, Brazil's Agriculture Minister. In line with Reuters report, the minister said that it was possible some meat-packing plants could be banned by importing countries due to…

EU launches Knowledge Centre to combat food fraud and enhance quality

EUROPE - The European Commission has launched a Knowledge Centre for food fraud and quality in Strasbourg, stepping up fight against fraudulent practices concerning food in the European Union. According to FoodingredientsFirst, this centre was established with an aim to boost the quality of foodstuff and address concerns about food fraud which are said to…

Kemin launches an antimicrobial solution to secure feed hygiene in Russia

RUSSIA - Kemin Industries, a global nutritional ingredient company through its initiative Kemin Crop Technologies, has launched Sal CURB B liquid product, an antimicrobial solution to secure feed hygiene in Russia. Sal CURB B liquid brings special synergistic combination of surface-active agents and powerful antimicrobial compounds in the feed chain. The new solution combines on…

Namibia records its first fatal case of Listeriosis

NAMIBIA- Namibia has reported its first case of Listeriosis, a food safety concern that has swept across almost the entire meat industry chain in the neighboring South Africa. Namibia’s Health Minister, Bernard Haufiku gave the announcement to Namibia’s parliament saying that the victim was a 41-year-old man who succumbed to death after being hospitalized at…

Red meat industry body raises concerns about Listeriosis ‘misinformation’

SOUTH AFRICA - The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and its member organisations have raised concerns over the entire meat industry which has been associated with Listeriosis scare across the food chain. The forum which includes the SA Meat Processors Association (SAMPA) questioned the entire red meat value chain, marred with Listeria contamination that has…

Standards body convenes stakeholders meeting to review standards for beverages

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives. Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated…