Rwanda ban on fruits from SA remains on issues around Listeria

RWANDA - Rwanda’s ban on fruits and other agric produce imported from South Africa remains standing until South Africa confirms that it has been able to control the listeriosis spread that has claimed 180 lives, report New Times. While Rwanda produces avocado, tree tomato, banana, passion fruits, mango, oranges, most of its apples are imported…

Cargill invests US$17.2m in Ontario poultry plant

CANADA - Cargill Protein has invested US$17.2 million in state-of-the art chicken processing technology at its Ontario facility in a determination to ensure humane handling of food animals. To address customers and consumer concerns on animal welfare, the firm has installed a Controlled Atmospheric Stunning (CAS) system to be replacing electric method, attributed to convulsive…

New York raw milk cheese company ordered to stop manufacture and sales

NEW YORK - A New York raw milk cheese company whose products were linked to a multi-state outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes (L. mono), has been ordered by a federal court not to manufacture its ready-to-eat aged soft, semi-soft and hard cheeses until it complies with food safety regulations. The U.S. District Court for the Northern…

US-China partner in an agreement to increase dairy exports

USA - The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) in collaboration with Jiangnan University have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance growth of US dairy export in China. The agreement, signed on March 30, opens new opportunities geared at benefiting both the China and US economy. China presents a large dairy and infant formula…

US-China trade war intensifies with additional tariffs on selected US products

CHINA - China’s State Council Tariff Committee (SCTC) has announced additional tariffs on selected US products set to impact roughly US$2 billion in U.S. food and agricultural exports, cites USDA. Despite the fact that it affects most food products, dairy remains unaffected after the US Dairy Export Council signed a new agreement on March 30…

East African competition authority begins operations to check on malpractices

TANZANIA - The East African Competition Authority has started its operations with a mandate to check on price fixing and other malpractices by investigative firms and trade associations which exploit consumers, The EastAfrican reports. In addition, the authority is undertaking market studies to inform the competitiveness of the regional economy. The Authority, based in Tanzania’s…

Coca-Cola to carry out own study on Dasani water after ‘microplastics’ claim

KENYA - The Coca-Cola Company, producer of carbonated soft drinks has formed a team of experts to carry out own study on the presence on tiny plastics in its bottled drinking water, Dasani brand. This follows a report published a team of scientists based at the State University of New York, indicating the presence of…

Listeriosis outbreaks shuts another Tiger Brands facility

SOUTH AFRICA - All products manufactured at Value Added Meat Product's (VAMP) Pretoria facility are being recalled by Tiger Brands‚ including the company’s Snax brand‚ as a precautionary measure‚ Tiger Brands said on Monday. Production at the plant will also be suspended. "This decision was taken as a result of the detection of Listeria monocytogenes at…

Tiger Brands flags loss at meat unit after listeria outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa’s Tiger Brands said on Monday it expected its meat products unit to record a monthly loss of up to 33 million rand ($3 million) after it suspended operations at four sites over a listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people in 14 months. Health authorities ordered a recall of processed…

WHO launches review into potential risks of plastic in drinking water

UK - WHO has launched a health review into the dangers associated with plastic sin drinking water; assess the latest research into the spread and impact of so-called microplastics - particles that are small enough to be ingested. According to BBC, this review comes after journalism organisation Orb Media found plastic particles in many major brands of…