Uganda’s Chemiphar secures US$1m funding to facilitate agriculture exports

UGANDA – Chemiphar (U) Ltd, an internationally accredited analytical laboratory in Uganda, has received a total of US$1 million (UGX3.750 billion) funding aimed at boosting agriculture exports in the country. The funding was facilitated by […]

FSSAI proposes ban on junk food advertisements in and around schools

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has proposed a ban on junk food advertisements in and around school premises to protect school children from junk foods and unhealthy eating. This is […]

EFSA recommends maximum permitted levels of phosphates in food

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended the introduction of maximum permitted levels of phosphates used as additives in food supplements. The EFSA has warned that estimated total intake of phosphates from […]

Standards body opens new regional office in Kisumu to improve efficiency

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has opened a new regional office in Kisumu, Western Kenya, as it seeks to strengthen its service delivery and efficiency across the country The new ultramodern facility […]

Rwanda’s parliament approves ban of single-use plastics

RWANDA – Rwanda’s parliament has passed a draft law prohibiting the manufacture, importation, use and sale of single-use plastic items in the country, a move that reiterates commitment to environmental protection. Single-use plastics are used […]

Nigerian Breweries receives international quality awards at Monde Selection

NIGERIA – Nigerian Breweries Plc received three Gold Quality Awards of its brands during the recently held Monde Selection Awards in Rome, Italy. During the 58th Annual Awards Ceremony of Monde Selection, the beverage manufacture’s […]

USDA investigates genetically engineered wheat spotted in Washington

USA – the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has said that it has discovered genetically engineered (GE) wheat plants growing in an unplanted agricultural field in […]

Canada to ban single-use plastics in 2021 to tackle pollution

CANADA – The Canadian government has unveiled plans to impose a ban on single-use plastic items such as bags, straws, cutlery in an effort to tackle the challenges brought about by environmental pollution. According to […]

Researchers develop high-tech spoilage detectors to replace ‘use-by’ dates

UK – Researchers at Imperial College London have developed high-tech spoilage detectors set to replace the traditional ‘use-by’ dates on food labels in a bid to cut on food waste. The technology uses paper-based sensors […]

FDA proposes training guidance to help ensure the safety of produce

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has published a new draft guidance that aims to facilitate training options for industry to help ensure the safety of produce. The new guidance will help farmers […]