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…

Kenya inks deal with Uganda for 6m bags of cheap maize flour

KENYA - The Ministry of trade has made a deal with Uganda to supply 6.6 million bags of maize flour as the country records a food deficit amid efforts to reverse the situation. Kenya will pay US$20 for each bag of maize flour to the Grain Council of Uganda, set to deliver the cargo at…

Standards body convenes stakeholders meeting to review standards for beverages

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives. Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated…

Nigeria approves alcohol, tobacco taxes, to start June 2018

NIGERIA - The Federal government has signed-off on the implementation of a new tariff regime on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as it seeks to raise government’s fiscal revenues. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an amendment to the excise tariff rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, which are slated to go into effect on…

Shares dip as Tiger Brands braces for class action lawsuit

SOUTH AFRICA - The share price of Tiger Brands dipped by more than 5% in early trade on Monday, before recovering to trade a touch over 3% down on news that South African listeriosis victims plan to file a class action case against the group. Richard Spoor, known in South Africa for his work for mineworkers…

SA Poultry Association questions Brazilian chicken after Listeriosis scare

SOUTH AFRICA - Reports about corruption and the evasion of food safety checks in the Brazilian meat and poultry industries are a continuing concern for South African consumers, reports Sedibeng Ster. The latest report is that the Brazilian police are investigating charges that top executives at Brazil’s major poultry exporter are alleged to have engaged…