Carrefour seeks regulator nod to lock out rivals in Kenyan malls

KENYA - Carrefour has rattled the market with a new push to lock out competition from prime locations in Nairobi. The retailer, run by franchise holder Majid Al Futtaim Holding, now wants to stop rivals from gaining tenancy at The Hub Karen, where it has an outlet, after making a similar application to the Competition…

Maggi compliant with latest FSSAI norms, no ash added – Nestle

INDIA - FMCG major Nestle India said today that Maggi complied with the latest guidelines of food safety regulator FSSAI and it does not add any ash to its popular noodles. District administration of Shahjahanpur, UP, had slapped a fine on Nestle India and its distributors last week after Maggi had allegedly failed to pass…

Regulator moves to ensure safety of dairy products

KENYA - The dairy industry regulator, Kenya Dairy Board, is betting on the establishment of a national dairy regulatory laboratory to improve quality and safety of dairy produce in the market. According to MD Margaret Kibogy, this plan — supported by the national government — is expected to enhance surveillance on the quality and safety…

Nestle faces fine over high ash content in Maggi noodles

INDIA - Nestle India Ltd, a unit of Swiss packaged food company Nestle SA, has been told to pay a fine after a Lucknow-based laboratory found ash content higher than the permissible limit in samples of Maggi noodles, the company’s biggest revenue earner. A Nestle India spokesperson however denied that any ash was added to…

Govt orders repatriation of imported genetically modified maize

NIGERIA – The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA) says it has, in conjunction with the Nigerian Customs Service, ordered that the genetically modified (GM) maize consignment illegally imported into Nigeria be sent back. Dr Rufus Egbegba, the Director-General of NBMA, said this in a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja. “In view of the information…

FSSAI issues new regulation, common logo for organic foods

INDIA – Indian food safety and standards regulator FSSAI has released a unified regulation on organic foods in the country, as the country hopes to tap into growing worldwide demand. It has also launched a common logo with a tagline ‘Jaivik Bharat’ to be used on certified organic foods to act as a symbol of…

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…