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.…

Tanzania imposes 25% import duty on Kenyan confectionery in a fresh trade fallout

TANZANIA - Tanzania has imposed a 25% import duty on Kenyan firms in confectionery business citing use of imported zero-rated industrial sugar in the goods. TheEastAfrican has reported that Tanzania has refused to allow duty-free entry of Kenyan-made confectionery, juice, ice cream and chewing gum products into the country despite talks. The levy was imposed…

FDA extends its deadline for Nutrition Facts compliance by 18 months

USA - The Food and Drug Administration will extend the compliance date for the updated Nutrition Facts panel by 18 months, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register. Manufacturers with at least US$10 million in annual sales will need to have the new label by 2020, and smaller manufacturers will need to…

Nigeria to adopt standards on sugar and allied products

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) is considering adopting African and developing new standards on sugar and sugar products such as glucose and sucrose to improve intra-African trade as well as promote harmonisation of standards across the continent. The standards will be considered for cane sugar, brown sugar, white sugar, glucose and sucrose,…

EU proposes new rules to tame unfair trading practices in food supply chain

EUROPE - The EU has come up with a number of proposals that aims to tackle unfair trading practices and ensure small and medium-sized food and farming businesses are treated fairly. The food supply chain has been marred with unfair trading practices especially against smaller food operators and farmers who are said to lack bargaining…

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…

US-China trade war intensifies with additional tariffs on selected US products

CHINA - China’s State Council Tariff Committee (SCTC) has announced additional tariffs on selected US products set to impact roughly US$2 billion in U.S. food and agricultural exports, cites USDA. Despite the fact that it affects most food products, dairy remains unaffected after the US Dairy Export Council signed a new agreement on March 30…

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…