Stakeholders fault presidential directive on forex ban for food imports

NIGERIA – Following the recent directive by Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari ordering the Central Bank of Nigeria to stop providing forex for food importation in the country, several stakeholders have called on the Government to […]

Nigeria’s President directs central bank to halt forex provision for food imports

NIGERIA – President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to stop providing foreign exchange for food importation in a move that seeks to improve agricultural production and enable Nigeria attain food […]

FDA approves soy leghemoglobin as color additive in beef analog products

USA – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved soy leghemoglobin as a color additive in uncooked ground beef analog products. This follows meat-alternative company Impossible Foods’ 2018 petition to have the ingredient […]

Nigerian agency signs MoU to strengthen regulations on utilisation of GM foods

NIGERIA – The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) in Nigeria has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) on the regulation of animal biotechnology. Speaking during […]

Mozambique embarks on study to explore the potential of genetically modified maize

MOZAMBIQUE – The Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM) has carried out a study on the genetically modified (GM) maize as it seeks to explore the potential of the biotechnology in enhancing food security. According […]

Tanzania harmonizes regulatory bodies’ roles, forms drug authority

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s parliament has approved Finance Bill of 2019 which will see harmonization of regulatory bodies’ roles which were overlapping or more less the same. Following the amendment of Section 130 of the Standards […]

EU assessment shows similarly branded food products differed in composition

EU – The European Commission has published the results of a study showing that similarly or identically branded food products across the European Union differed in composition. The study which involved an analysis of nearly […]

ECOWAS adopts global certification benchmark for products

WEST AFRICA – The Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) Commission and the European Union (EU) have developed standards for the certification of some major products to boost the level of international trade. The […]

EFSA recommends maximum permitted levels of phosphates in food

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended the introduction of maximum permitted levels of phosphates used as additives in food supplements. The EFSA has warned that estimated total intake of phosphates from […]

Seba Foods Malawi recalls soya product over quality concerns

MALAWI – Seba Foods Malawi Limited, a subsidiary of Vamara Group, said it has deployed a team to withdraw the ‘Golden Goodness Tasty Soya’ with the labels 061818A and 061218A from the market following quality […]