Carrefour joins the IBM Food Trust platform to implement food traceability standard

EUROPE - Carrefour, a European leader in food traceability through the gradual application of blockchain technology to its Carrefour Quality Line products, has joined other participants involved in building the IBM Food Trust platform. The company said that the objective of the collaboration between Carrefour and IBM Food Trust is to implement a global food…

Australia and New Zealand alcohol producers to develop warning labels on products

AUSTRALIA - Alcohol producers will be forced to label their products with warnings relating to the risks of drinking during pregnancy in an agreement reached by Australian and New Zealand ministers. According to Food Business News, the labels will be developed by Food Standards Australia New Zealand in consultation with the alcohol industry, and will…

Irish Senate passes alcohol law, introducing minimum price and labelling

IRELAND - Ireland has adopted legislation on the risks associated with alcohol consumption, for the first time, in a country where alcoholism has had devastating consequences. According to EURACTIV, it is the first law in Ireland that treats alcohol as a matter of public health, and that the new legislation affects the price, access, marketing,…

Food delivery firms Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats delists 10,500 ‘unsafe’ restaurants

INDIA- Food delivery and ecommerce platforms Zomato, Swiggy, UberEats and Food Panda have abandoned and delisted 10,500 restaurants after failing to meet the food safety regulator’s requirements. According to ET Retail, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) review indicted that Zomato had delisted 2,500, Swiggy 4,000, Foodpanda 1,800, UberEats 2,000 partner hotels…

Tesco removes “best-before” dates from fruits and vegetable products to cut on food waste

UK – Tesco, a British multinational groceries and general merchandise retailer, is scrapping more "best before" dates from another 116 fruit and vegetable products in a move the supermarket says will help consumers cut food waste. In May, the UK's biggest grocer successfully trialled removing labels from 70 pre-packaged fresh food lines, and among the…

AfDB to invest US$20m in Zimbabwe’s agricultural value chain

ZIMBABWE - Africa focused finance institution, African Development Bank (AfDB) has lined up US$20 million of investments in an agricultural value chain development programme in Zimbabwe, the Herald reports. The programme, which awaits approval from the government is looking to support three components of the agricultural value chains that is, beef development, horticulture development and…

FSSAI to discuss mandatory inclusion of nutritional facts and healthy options in airline meals

INDIA - The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called a meeting with airlines, flight caterers and airport operators, seeking to make it mandatory for airlines to serve meal with nutritional information as well as healthier options, ET Retail reports. Airlines may need to include complete information on nutritional aspects like calories, list…

Nestle and PepsiCo to end partnership with Indonesia’s palm oil company Indofood

INDONESIA - Global confectionary brands, Nestlé and PepsiCo have announced that they are cutting ties with Indofood, Indonesia’s largest food and palm oil production company. According to Eco-business, the two companies, both long time business partners of Indofood, have ended direct and indirect sourcing of palm oil from IndoAgri, a Singapore-listed subsidiary of Indofood, due…

National Microfinance Bank to finance palm oil cultivation to cut on imports

TANZANIA - The National Microfinance Bank of Tanzania has ventured into financing palm oil cultivation with an aim to increase production as well as cover deficit met through imports. Daily News reports that the bank is expected to partner with the Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank Limited (TADB) in boosting palm oil production in Kigoma Region.…

Tanzania’s chicken import ban bites as shortage looms

TANZANIA - Tanzania is facing a chicken shortage with rising retail prices, months after banning importation of poultry from its neighbours in the East African Community. Speaking to The EastAfrican, Tanzania Poultry Breeders Association secretary General Manase Mrindwa said that some firms had stopped production of day-old chicks, leading to a shortage of broilers and…