Bureau of standards to seize goods without distinctive mark in Uganda

UGANDA - Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) said it will seize goods found on the market without a distinctive mark, giving manufacturers and processors till end of January for certification of all products in the market. Dr Ben Manyindo, the UNBS executive director, said the new regulation is part of the agency’s need to…

COMESA region’s cereal productivity affected by low seed quality

AFRICA – COMESA regions cereal productivity has remained low despite the high production potential that the region holds, greatly attributed to small- holder farmers’ limited access to improved seeds. New Times Rwanda reports that of the more than 80 million small holder farmers, only about 23% have access to improved seeds, a situation which has…

Fonterra enhances water efficiency at milk powder drying operation

NEW ZEALAND - The New Zealand co-operative group, Fonterra has developed and installed ‘a ground-breaking reclaimed water system’ in New Zealand with a goal to save half a million litres of ground water daily (equivalent to 18 milk tanker’s worth). The site reuses water from condensation that is produced from milk powder manufacturing process. The…

Nano-plastics accumulated by marine life may pose risk to human health, study says

WORLD - Nano-plastics, formed as a result of degradation of microplastics and easily ingested by marine life may create a risk to human food chains on accumulation, potentially threatening food safety and human health, shows a study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nano plastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1µm…

Tesco introduces a new range of cold-pressed juices to reduce juice and vegetable wastes

UK – Tesco, a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer has introduced a new range of cold-pressed juices, using wonky fruit and vegetables that may otherwise have gone to waste. According to the company, a product called Waste NOT, included in the range, will be surplus apples, beetroot, strawberries and watermelon that fall outside…

AB InBev to cut emissions by 5% with new brewing method

BELGIUM - AB InBev has developed new energy-efficient brewing method that will reduce CO emissions by approximately 5% once the technique is utilised in its entire brewery network. The new method uses less heat and water than other brewing methods by generating gas bubbles needed to malt grains in beer thus does not require the…