African Universities team up to launch research centre for food security

SOUTH AFRICA – The University of Pretoria in partnership with the University of Nairobi and the University of Ghana has been awarded the privilege to host a new research center that aims to enhance food security and transform food policy on the continent. The African Research Universities Alliance Centre of Excellence for Food Security was…

Malawi bans sale, consumption of bush meat to control anthrax outbreak

MALAWI – Malawi’s Ministry of Health has declared a ban over the sale and consumption of bush meat in the southern region districts following an outbreak of Anthrax in one of the regions, reports Malawi News Agency. Malawi’s Minister of Health, Atupele Muluzi who made the announcement said the ban would only be lifted once…

FDA investigates E. Coli illness outbreak linked to California-grown Romaine lettuce

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the outbreak of E.Coli infections possibly linked to Romaine lettuce grown in California. According to the CDC, since the outbreak was reported in October, 52 people have been infected…

Tiger Brands reopens Polokwane meat factory after listeriosis hush

SOUTH AFRICA – Top Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed company, Tiger Brands has received the green-light to re-open its polony meat processing factory, Polokwane months after Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi declared an end to the Listeria outbreak. According to a Reuters report, Tiger Brands has received permission from South Africa authorities to immediately resume production of…

Innscor, others receive permit to import GMO products in Zambia

ZAMBIA – Fast moving consumer goods distributor, Innscor Africa, Cold Chain and Horizon have received new permits to import products that may contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into Zambia. A Lusaka Times report indicates that the three distributors were among twelve retailers who were granted the new permit by National Biosafety Authority (NBA). According to NBA…

Zambia launches SADC harmonized certified-seed regulatory system

ZAMBIA – The government of Zambia has launched the Southern African Development Community (SADC) seed certification and harmonized seed regulation system, reports Lusaka Times. This puts Zambia in a position to produce and trade certified seeds in the SADC region and ensures availability of high quality seed to farmers through rationalizing and removing national regulatory…

Singapore considers ban, tax on high-sugar drinks to tackle diabetes

SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MoH) and Health Promotion Board are contemplating banning the sale of higher-sugar pre-packaged drinks or introducing a sugar tax in a bid to curb high sugar intake among people. The Ministry indicated that the move targets to control lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity in the country. MOH…

Food and Drug Authority and regulators partner in food safety training

TANZANIA -Tanzania Food and Drug Authority has partnered four other agencies to train food traders and handlers on food hygiene and quality with an aim to improve safety and consumer health. According to the Daily News, the partnership involves government agencies; TFDA, BRELA, Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TanTrade), Small Industries Development Organization (SIDO) and Tanzania Bureau of Standard…

High court ratifies listeriosis class action suit against Tiger Brands

SOUTH AFRICA - The Johannesburg high court certified the request by the law firms representing listeriosis claimants to amalgamate the cases against Tiger Brands into a one class action suit, reports Fin24. The listeriosis outbreak, which according to the world health organisation was the largest of its kind, infected over one thousand people and costed…

US and China ease tariff war with a ‘90-days ceasefire’ period

USA – China and the United States of America have agreed to ease their stances in a bid to avoid escalation of tariff war that has since negatively impacted the nations’ agricultural and other trade. Following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two leaders agreed to withdraw some…