India’s food safety regulator imposes new restrictions on yeast levels in beer

INDIA -  TheFood Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a food safety regulator in India, is seeking to impose new restrictions that will ensure yeast and moulds count in beer made across the country maintained within safe levels. According to the restrictions by FSSAI, regular beer has to be entirely free of yeast while…

UK government launches consultation on proposed plastic packaging tax

UK – The UK government has launched a consultation process seeking views on the proposed plastic packaging taxes which looks to cement its leadership in a sustainable economy. The government proposed new taxes and tougher regulations for packaging producers to limit production of plastic waste and their impacts in oceanic and environmental pollution. The consultation…

AfDB, African Union launch scorecard to track nutrition progress

AFRICA - The African Union Commission, African Development Bank (AfDB) and global partners have launched the Continental Nutrition Accountability Scorecard to raise awareness and help in curbing malnutrition. The nutrition assessment kit encompasses key nutrition indicators, including internationally agreed nutrition targets, specific and sensitive interventions, policy and legal provisions, nutrition financing and socio-economic impacts. Speaking…

Global Food Safety Partnership calls for more investments to promote domestic food safety

AFRICA - Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP), a public-private partnership that promotes food safety, has called for more investments into the domestic food safety across African countries in order to curb food-borne diseases. According to a report by GFSP, investments in the African countries should be geared towards promoting food safety for its local consumers…

IFF’s Frutarom division gets organic certification for annatto color extracts

USA - Frutarom Natural Solutions, the flavour division of International Flavors & Fragrances Frutarom has received organic certification for its natural annatto color extracts. The ingredient was granted organic certifications from both the U.S. Department of Agriculture and The European Organic Certifiers Council. The product is used to provide a yellow to reddish color to foods and beverages,…

China to buy 5 million tons of US soybeans as trade negotiations continue

USA – World’s top soybean importer, China is expected to purchase 5 million metric tonnes of American soybeans, following a meeting between trade delegates to US and President Donald Trump. The move seems one step ahead in arriving at a trade truce between the two world economies, since they set a 90-day negotiating window to…

UK tax hike on wine comes into effect as WSTA warns of depressed growth

UK – UK duty increase on wine came into effect February 1, 2019 in line with the rate of inflation with Wine & Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) warning that this could dilapidate the country’s wine industry. In October, UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond during the Autumn 2018 Budget highlighted that tax on wine was set to…

Tanzania, IITA unveils new tech to combat aflatoxin

TANZANIA - Tanzania’s Ministry of Agriculture in partnership with The U.S. government in partnership and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), have unveiled AflasafeTZ, a technology to reduce aflatoxin contamination in human food and animal feed reports Daily News. In a statement issued by the US Embassy in Tanzania, the product will help reduce…

Kenya to lift ban on Ugandan poultry imports as condition normalises

KENYA - Kenya is set to lift ban placed on Ugandan poultry products following a report submitted by Uganda to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on eradication of avian flu disease, reports Business Daily. Kenya imposed the Ban in January 2017 following the outbreak of the disease. Livestock Principal Secretary in Kenya, Harry…

Government recalls Jetlak Foods’ peanut butter linked to aflatoxin contamination

KENYA – The department of Public Health has issued a recall of peanut butter from the market, said to be contaminated with aflatoxins, life-threatening carcinogens that makes food unfit for human consumption. In a letter issued on January 31, the department said the Nuteez Peanut Butter, produced by Jetlak Foods had aflatoxin levels which were…