Kenya lifts ban on poultry imports from Uganda after 15 months

KENYA - Kenya will resume importation of poultry carcasses, eggs and day old chicks from Uganda in totality, after a recommendation that ascertained the country was free of avian influenza disease, reports Business Daily. According to a report given by the Deputy Director of Veterinary Services, Michael Cheruiyot, they had lifted the ban partially and…

African countries sign continental free-trade agreement

RWANDA - African leaders from 44 countries have signed to the continental free-trade agreement, meant to open-up the continent through regional integration and economic growth. The deal to create the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was signed at the 2018 African Union member states summit, attended by 44 out of 55 African countries. With…

Ocean plastic predicted to triple within a decade – UK Govt report

WORLD - Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns. The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and…

Ethiopian Authorities draft bill to safeguard bee farming and honey processing

ETHIOPIA - Ethiopian authorities have drafted a bill, waiting approval and endorsement from the Council of Ministers (CoM) seeking to regulate honey production and its value chain right from the farm to export. The graft grants bee farm owners, honey producers, wholesalers and exporters access to information on product quality, market price and the packaging…

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…

SA Poultry Association questions Brazilian chicken after Listeriosis scare

SOUTH AFRICA - Reports about corruption and the evasion of food safety checks in the Brazilian meat and poultry industries are a continuing concern for South African consumers, reports Sedibeng Ster. The latest report is that the Brazilian police are investigating charges that top executives at Brazil’s major poultry exporter are alleged to have engaged…

NGFA supports new grain inspection legislation to promote customer service

USA - Following the introduction of a new grain inspection legislation that seeks to enhance certainty and customer service, the National Grain and Feed Association (NGFA) said it ratifies the idea. The legislation reinforced congressional intent regarding the official grain inspection exceptions process for domestic facilities within the grain, feed and processing industry. It provides…

Tiger Brands factory is the source of Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa – Ministry

SOUTH AFRICA - The outbreak of listeriosis has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday. "We can now conclude scientifically that the source of the present outbreak is the Enterprise Food production facility located in Polokwane," he said at the offices of the National Institute of…

Listeriosis cases hit 945 as authorities warn over ready-to-eat meals, dairy products

SOUTH AFRICA – Health authorities in South Africa have warned vulnerable groups of the population, including young children and the elderly, from eating ready-to-eat meat products and unpasteurized dairy products as the Listeriosis cases hit the 945 mark at the end of February in the country. A report issued by the National Institute for Communicable…