NIGERIA – The Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has called on investors in the private sector of the economy to build laboratories for products testing.
KENYA – Mombasa will for the first time collect liquor licensing fees estimated at more than Sh100 million after the County Assembly passed the Liquor Bill last month.
KENYA – The national standards watchdog is set to crack the whip on irresponsible importers of methanol, the chemical used to manufacture illicit liquor that has claimed hundreds of lives in the past several months.
NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) in Thursday said discussions were in the final stages to ensure that from 2015, all imported products would carry the Nigerian Industrial Standard (NIS) mark to curb the menace of substandard goods flooding the nation’s markets and threatening local manufacturers.
KENYA – The inaugural regional Food Safety Summit Africa Conference & Expo, due to take place in Nairobi, Kenya, in May 2015, has been announced.
EAST AFRICA – Trademark East Africa is working with East African Community member countries to harmonise the standard regulations of the commonly traded goods in the bloc to stimulate business in the region.
NIGERIA – The European Union (EU), through United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), is partnering with the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) with the aim of raising the bar of consumer protection in Nigeria.
NIGERIA – In a bid to ensure that Nigerian products are globally competitive, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has pledged to carry out the certification of products of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) for free.
UGANDA – Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) together with Uganda National Bureau of Standards have closed House of Eden that manufactures Safi juice and Azur water for allegedly using expired raw materials.
NIGERIA – The federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment with the support of the European Union (EU), and United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), has earmark N2.65 billion for the establishment of a national quality infrastructure project(NQIP) in Nigeria.
NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria, SON, has charged all manufacturers and assemblers in the country to cooperate with the organisation by getting their products certified.
NIGERIA – The federal government has dragged the Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited and their chief executives before a Federal High Court in Abuja for criminal breach of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) Act.
SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands will destroy the 17,000 packs of Tastic Simply Delicious sauces and ready-to-eat rice products it is removing from retailer shelves, managing executive Naresh Singh said this week.
KENYA – Kenya will form a new regulator to control foods and medicine business as part of regional efforts to curb counterfeits and boost pharmaceutical manufacturing.
NIGERIA – A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered Nigerian Breweries Plc to, within 30 days, appear before it over an allegation of brewing a contaminated Heineken brand of beer.
EAST AFRICA – East Africa is facing a health time bomb with diabetes having an increasing impact on people of working age, signaling a threat to the region’s economic development.
TANZANIA – All imported goods are now to be stamp marked with a government certification logo that will verify their standards and safety.
NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) on Thursday said that Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) would play major role in the newly drafted standards for cassava products in the country.
TANZANIA – African countries have been advised to hold common position of issues of interest regarding food security, quality and safety when they are presented at the global level.
KENYA – The government has ordered exporters of fresh produce to Europe to either adhere to the laid down health standards or close shop as the country fights to save the multi-billion shilling horticulture sector from collapse.
SOUTH AFRICA – The government was ready to take the European Union (EU) to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to challenge its objections to imports of SA’s citrus fruit due to black spot, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said on Thursday.
KENYA – Efforts by the national government to enhance safety for commodities destined for export markets yesterday received a financial boost from the European Union (EU).
ETHIOPIA – Aimed at insuring compliance to the mandatory standards the government has set for the manufacturers of packed mineral water, the Ethiopian Conformity Assessment Enterprise (ECAE) has announced that only six of the 32 bottled mineral water brands in the market have so far under gone laboratory testing and inspection, thereby securing a quality compliance certificate.
SOUTH AFRICA – Brandy drinkers who consider themselves connoisseurs will have something to cheer about, as new rules may mean an improvement in the quality of premium brandy.