Malaysia secures export deal with China for frozen whole fruit durians

ASIA - Agriculture and Agro-based Industry of Malaysia has signed an agreement to export frozen whole fruit durians to China, marking the second consecutive year Malaysia had succeeded in obtaining market access to China. As part of the export protocol, Malaysia would submit a list of durian plantations which complied with the Malaysian Good Agricultural…

South Africa bans importation of possibly contaminated Zambian honey

SOUTH AFRICA - South Africa has banned importation of pure honey from Zambia after authorities detected possible contamination of a consignment with American Foulbrood (Paenibacillus larvae) disease, reports Lusaka Times. The ban, announced by the South African agriculture department through a letter to honey importers has elicited dissatisfactory observation from both the authorities and Zambian…

PepsiCo Mexico cuts down on sugar and salt by 24% in snacks

MEXICO - PepsiCo Mexico has cut down on sugar and salt across its snacks portfolio by 24% as part of a long-term reformulation strategy designed to reduce added sugars and sodium across products. According to FoodingredientsFirst, Mexico was a pioneer in implementing a sugar tax on sugary soft drinks in a bid to cut alarming…

Nigeria Federal Court strikes out suit filed against GM crops permit issuance

NIGERIA - The Federal High Court in Abuja struck out a suit filed against the issuance of permits and subsequent release of Genetically Modified (GM) crops including BT cotton in the country. According Premium Times, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that the court was compelled to strike out the suit because it appeared statute barred, though…

FDA, CDC investigate multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses linked to McDonald’s salads

USA - The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from McDonald's restaurants. According to FDA, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states,…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

Delivery startup DailyNinja acquires milk delivery business 4amShop in a cash deal

INDIA - DailyNinja, Bengaluru-based hyperlocal subscription delivery startup has acquired milk delivery startup business 4amShop in an undisclosed cash deal as it seeks to expand its presence in Southern India. On completion of the transaction, the founders of 4amShop will exit and 2,000 customers of 4amShop will be transferred to DailyNinja, according to inc42. The…

Anti-Profiteering agency questions Subway, KFC and Pizza Hut on tax cuts

INDIA - The National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAPA) has questioned Subway, Yum Restaurants owned Pizza Hut and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) for not fully passing on cuts in goods and services tax (GST) rates to consumers. The fast food restaurants were indicated to have impartially adhered to lower GST rates by passing tax cuts on select…

EU and Eastern Europe drought causes damage to wheat, maize and barley crops

EUROPE - The drought in many regions of the European Union and Eastern Europe has caused significant damage to wheat, maize and barley crops, according to FAO of the United Nations. FoodingredientsFirst reported that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said that the prices of these crops could remain under upward…

Kenyan University launches a US$3.98m food laboratory in a food fortification drive

KENYA - Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology (JKUAT) has launched a food laboratory worth about US$3.98 million, to be used as a centre for monitoring and analysing the nutritional significance of foods, Business Daily has reported. This is part of the European Union funded food fortification programme in collaboration with the ministry of…