EU fails to ban bisphenol A, lowers limits on food packaging

EU - A draft European Commission regulation that lowers the amount of bisphenol A (BPA) allowed to migrate into or onto food from packaging materials is expected to be finalized in the coming months. Members of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health, & Food Safety Committee voted on Jan. 11 to reject a proposal to ban BPA…

French Salmonella baby milk scandal ‘affects 83 countries’

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FRANCE - More than 12 million boxes of powdered baby milk have now been recalled in 83 countries in a salmonella scandal involving French company Lactalis. The dairy firm's CEO, Emmanuel Besnier, confirmed the extent of the contamination risk to French media. The products have been subject to a recall since December, after salmonella bacteria…

Competition Authority nullifies Coca-Cola-Ambo Water merger

ETHIOPIA - The Tribunal of Trade Competition & Consumer Protection Authority (TCCPA) declared that East African Bottling, Coca-Cola’s bottler, and Ambo Mineral Water made an illicit merger, fining them five percent of their turnovers from last year. The case began in June 2017, when the Authority’s prosecutors filed a claim stating the two companies had…

Sugar tax effect smaller than thought, says Pioneer Foods

SOUTH AFRICA - The health promotion levy, or sugar tax, will not be as negative for beverage producers as has been initially expected, Pioneer Foods says in its latest integrated report for 2017. While the levy was expected to "add materially to the costs of certain products", Pioneer said "the impact will be considerably smaller…

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…