France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…

Alcohol makers adopt new advertising rules to discourage underage drinking

KENYA - Alcohol manufacturers in Kenya have agreed on new advertising rules in their marketing campaigns that aim to discourage underage drinking, according to Business Daily. Along the new rules, the Alcohol Beverages Association of Kenya launched a code of conduct for members who may risk penalties if they fail to adhere to the new…

Tesco to remove “Best Before” dates from fruit and veg label to cut on food waste

UK - The British grocery store Tesco has announced plans to ditch ‘Best Before’ dates from its own label fruit and vegetables as part of the supermarket’s move to reduce the amount of edible food going into waste and eventually landfill. These include almost 70 fruit and vegetable lines for apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and…

UK sugar reductions fail to reach target set by the government

UK - The food industry has failed to meet a sugar reduction target, which was to cut 5% of sugar by August 2017 as set by the government, a report by Public Health England (PHE) has found. PHE found that for retailers’ own brand and manufacturer branded products there has been a 2% reduction in total…

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…