East Africa moves to harmonise staple food standards, boost trade

UGANDA - The quality of regional trade in cereals and pulses is expected to improve following the launch of newly gazetted standards for staple foods. The harmonisation comes after a long period where each East African country used its own yardstick to determine quality of cereals including maize, millet, wheat, sorghum, rice and pulses such…

Govt. ban on maize exports not working – report

MALAWI - Malawi Government ban on maize export is not working to it expectation following revelations that between June and July a total of 3,519 metric tonnes of maize illegally crossed the borders into Tanzania and Mozambique a development that is feared to result into severe shortage of the staple in the coming months. In…

Fake honey continues to flood European market

EUROPE – Beekeeping is endangered around the world as cheap imports of counterfeit honey continue to flood the market, with severe consequences on world food production. According to a research published in December 2016, foreign sugars were found 1.4 times in every 10 honey samples tested by the European Joint Research Centre. Around 20% of…

FDA approves peanut allergy health claim

USA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a qualified health claim for peanut, supporting continuing evidence that early introduction of the nut to infants can eliminate peanut allergy later in life. The claim states, “For most infants with severe eczema and/or egg allergy who are already eating solid foods, introducing foods containing…

Kenya hits TZ wheat imports with higher inspection fees

KENYA - Kenya has imposed a steeper inspection fee on Tanzanian wheat imports, threatening to escalate the trade war between the two neighbours. The government has increased the cost of wheat inspection at the border from Sh600 per truck to Sh8,000, a move that would technically lock out the commodity. The two East African countries…

No records of US$6 million maize proceeds – Parliament

MALAWI - State produce trader Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) has been asked by the Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to be accountable on the K4.4 billion (US$6m) proceeds it got from selling government maize Admarc, embroiled in maize scam following questionable maize imports from Zambia, had K4 billion realised from the sale of SS530,448 tonnes…