US Trade Representatives unveils US$200bn tariff list on Chinese imports

USA - The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has unveiled a list of additional tariffs on approximately US$200 billion worth of Chinese imports in what U.S. trade officials termed as “continuing response to China’s theft of American intellectual property and forced transfer of American technology”. The additional tariffs will be effective starting September 24, 2018 initially…

Kenyan government drafts standards for blending of maize and wheat flour

KENYA - The government of Kenya has drafted guidelines and standards governing the blending of maize and wheat flour by millers to strengthen the nutritional components of the products, reports the Nation. According to a Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) technical team, the ministry of agriculture wants all flour to be blended by crops like…

UK government considers ban on sale of energy drinks in England

UK - Ministers will ban the sale of Red Bull, Monster Energy and other energy drinks to children in England amid growing concern about the impact that the high-caffeine, high-sugar drinks are having on young people’s health. According to Guardian, a consultation on how to implement the proposed ban will be unveiled with Downing Street…

President Trump threatens to withdraw Canada from NAFTA

USA - President Trump has issues threats to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, asserting his right to broker a new trade pact that does not include Canada despite opposition from lawmakers and questions over his legal authority to do so. According to the Washington Post, he formally informed Congress…

Krispy Kreme’s Lagos store reopens after food agency reaffirms safety operations

NIGERIA- The Consumer Protection council (“CPC”) has ordered the reopening of the Krispy Kreme after affirming the American doughnuts and coffee brand’s operations were safe and in accordance to regulations. Beverage Industry news has reported that the move came following a statement released by the food safety standards regulator, the National Agency for Food and…

Firm launches supermarket comparison website to enhance consumer experience

NIGERIA- Online supermarket comparison firm, Mybasket.ng has launched Nigeria’s first supermarket price comparison website to enhance the consumer experience by getting value for money through price comparison. Customers can either compare the price of an individual product across multiple supermarkets or compare the aggregated price of your shopping list, enabling them determine the most cost-efficient…

Environment Committee orders London Distillers to manage waste or risk closure

KENYA- The National Assembly Environment Committee has said that London Distillers Kenya risks closure if it doesn’t manage toxic waste from the factory in six months’ time, a report in the Business Daily reveals. The committee has directed that the liquor distiller put in place technology in management of waste and also maintain high environmental…

State reopens closed Abakaliki rice mill over poisonous and adulterated rice

NIGERIA - The State Government of Ebonyi has ordered the reopening of Abakaliki Rice mill which was closed due to discovery of adulterated and poisonous rice in the mill, according to This Day Nigeria. The move follows an investigation by the state government into rice millers which revealed Abakaliki was involved in the production and…

Neogen’s one-hour listeria test kit Listeria Right Now receives AOAC approval

USA - Neogen’s environmental pathogen detection system, Listeria Right Now has received official approval from AOAC, an internationally recognized scientific association. It is a complete system for taking environmental Listeria tests with molecular-level accuracy that requires no enrichment, so there’s no need for processors to grow bacteria cultures on-site. Validated by AOAC and NSF International,…

Coca-Cola takes on counterfeit as government confiscates products

SOUTH AFRICA - Coca-Cola Company has called on customers to be vigilant and report any counterfeit Coca-Cola products even as the government continues to rid the market of the expired and possibly products. Coca-Cola said there have been recent reports of counterfeit Coca-Cola products appearing in South Africa, reports ANA. According to the soft drinks…