Japan scraps ban on liquid baby formula with new standards for manufacturers

JAPAN - Japan’s milk industry has welcomed its government’s decision to revise an ordinance that prohibited the production and sale of liquid baby formula, reversing the ban that had permitted powdered product only. According to justfood, the ministry of health, labour and welfare has announced new standards for ready-made liquid baby formula that can be…

Nigeria to exit rice import by 2020 as States embarks on large-scale production

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s minister of agriculture and rural development, Audu Ogbeh has said that the country is looking to exit rice importation by 2020 even as state government’s embark on mass production to boost food security, reports the Leadership. The federal government is committed to enhance rice production in the country with plans to become…

African Health Ministers adopts framework to end cholera outbreaks by 2030

AFRICA - Health Ministers from 47 African countries have committed to adopt and implement key strategies in efforts to end cholera outbreaks in the African region by 2030. The ministers have adopted Regional Framework for the Implementation of the Global Strategy for Cholera Prevention and Control to end the epidemic that has found ground especially…

AfDB contracts Kenyan firm in a US$1.78m grant to improve maize production

KENYA - The African Development Bank (AfDB) has unveiled a US$1.78 million initiative dubbed Maize Compact programme and has contracted smallholder firm, African Agricultural Technology Foundation(AATF) to distribute high-yielding maize varieties among smallholder farmers. Kenya is among 12 countries in Africa that will benefit from the programme which aims to increase maize production by at…

EFSA to review potential hazards and safety levels of food contact material bisphenol A

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has unveiled a new working group of scientific experts to evaluate recent technological data on the potential hazards and safety limits of the food contact material bisphenol A (BPA). The re-assessment, set to start this month will be carried out by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials,…

U.S. FDA announces new export certification program for certain food products

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced a new export certification program, along with the fees that will be assessed, for certain FDA-regulated food products. According to FDA, the fees will apply to products, such as produce, grains, processed foods, food additives, color additives, food contact substances, and infant formula. “The…

USAID supports Tanzania to develop new technology to fight aflatoxin

TANZANIA - Tanzania, with the support from the United States Agency for International Development has developed a new technology that reduces aflatoxin contamination in food by 80-90%. The technology known as Aflasafe TZ helps to reduce contamination of the poisonous chemical in both food and animal feed thus, rendering them safe for human consumption. Developed…

FDA supports exemption of coffee from California’s cancer warning law

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it supports the proposed regulation that exempts coffee from a Proposition 65 that demands cancer warning on a number of products. In a letter to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, FDA said the move follows a careful review of the most…

FDA links foods prepared with liquid nitrogen at point of sale with health problems

USA - The Food and Drug Administration agency of the United States has warned consumers and retailers of the potential health effects from food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before consumption. According to the health department agency, liquid nitrogen considered to be non-toxic, can cause severe damage to…

African swine fever outbreak could spread to China, United Nations FAO says

CHINA – African swine fever, a deadly outbreak with the potential to affect a country’s pig population, has been reported that it could possibly spread to China, and now Chinese officials are scrambling to stop it. According to the Washington Post, the virus — which does not threaten humans — has spread to four provinces…