Government opens new bidding process for stalled sugar projects

ETHIOPIA - The government of Ethiopia has announced a new bidding process for the construction of stalled sugar projects and is considering awarding the work to Chinese firms for completion, reports Addis Fortune. Sugar Corporation, the government-owned sugar milling firm responsible for the construction of the sugar factories has invited three companies to visit the…

U.S. seeks to push African countries to adopt GM crops

AFRICA - The United States is seeking African governments’ approval of genetically engineered (GMO) products given various restrictions on GMO imports in various African countries. TheEastAfrican has reported that a Trump administration official is visiting Africa to promote acceptance of the engineered crops as a way to meet the continent’s food needs while also fostering…

EFSA to review potential hazards and safety levels of food contact material bisphenol A

EU - The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has unveiled a new working group of scientific experts to evaluate recent technological data on the potential hazards and safety limits of the food contact material bisphenol A (BPA). The re-assessment, set to start this month will be carried out by EFSA’s Panel on Food Contact Materials,…

President Trump threatens to withdraw Canada from NAFTA

USA - President Trump has issues threats to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, asserting his right to broker a new trade pact that does not include Canada despite opposition from lawmakers and questions over his legal authority to do so. According to the Washington Post, he formally informed Congress…

Krispy Kreme’s Lagos store reopens after food agency reaffirms safety operations

NIGERIA- The Consumer Protection council (“CPC”) has ordered the reopening of the Krispy Kreme after affirming the American doughnuts and coffee brand’s operations were safe and in accordance to regulations. Beverage Industry news has reported that the move came following a statement released by the food safety standards regulator, the National Agency for Food and…

Environment Committee orders London Distillers to manage waste or risk closure

KENYA- The National Assembly Environment Committee has said that London Distillers Kenya risks closure if it doesn’t manage toxic waste from the factory in six months’ time, a report in the Business Daily reveals. The committee has directed that the liquor distiller put in place technology in management of waste and also maintain high environmental…

State reopens closed Abakaliki rice mill over poisonous and adulterated rice

NIGERIA - The State Government of Ebonyi has ordered the reopening of Abakaliki Rice mill which was closed due to discovery of adulterated and poisonous rice in the mill, according to This Day Nigeria. The move follows an investigation by the state government into rice millers which revealed Abakaliki was involved in the production and…

FDA supports exemption of coffee from California’s cancer warning law

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has said it supports the proposed regulation that exempts coffee from a Proposition 65 that demands cancer warning on a number of products. In a letter to the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, FDA said the move follows a careful review of the most…

Neogen’s one-hour listeria test kit Listeria Right Now receives AOAC approval

USA - Neogen’s environmental pathogen detection system, Listeria Right Now has received official approval from AOAC, an internationally recognized scientific association. It is a complete system for taking environmental Listeria tests with molecular-level accuracy that requires no enrichment, so there’s no need for processors to grow bacteria cultures on-site. Validated by AOAC and NSF International,…

FDA links foods prepared with liquid nitrogen at point of sale with health problems

USA - The Food and Drug Administration agency of the United States has warned consumers and retailers of the potential health effects from food products prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, immediately before consumption. According to the health department agency, liquid nitrogen considered to be non-toxic, can cause severe damage to…