USA and China trade war intensifies with new tariffs on soybeans and technology

USA - The United States has threatened to impose a 25% tariff on products with ‘industrially significant technologies’ from China while the latter has promised retaliatory measures on 100 types US goods including 25% tariff on soybean. The new measures were announced by US President Donald Trump on June 14 prompting a haste response from…

Seaboard’s Unga buyout offer period extended to late June

KENYA- Seaboard’s Corporation’s offer of US$0.40 per share for Unga Group will wait longer to close after a section of Unga’s significant shareholders termed the offer by the multinational conglomerate as inadequate, citing the company’s assets. The extension indicates that Seaboard has not yet met minimum requirement for a 75% stake needed for the transaction…

Kellogg recalls Honey Smacks cereal in US potentially contaminated with Salmonella

USA - Kellogg company has voluntarily recalled an estimated 1.3-million cases of its Honey Smacks cereal in the US over potential of having been contaminated with Salmonella. According to a statement on their website, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that Kellogg has launched an investigation with the third-party manufacturer who produces Honey…

Tanzania lifts ban on some meat products from South Africa

TANZANIA - Tanzania has formally lifted the ban on meat product imports from some specific processing facilities in South Africa following the outbreak of listeriosis declared in the country by the Minister of Health early last year. A statement from the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) however indicated that imports from some factories associated…

USDA and FDA launch audit program to reinforce produce safety requirements for farmers

USA - The US government in collaboration with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched the USDA Harmonized Good Agricultural Practices Audit Program (USDA H-GAP) as part of their strategy to strengthen food safety. The announcement made by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb,…

Tyson Foods launches new brand that aims to reduce food waste

USA - Tyson Foods, an American multinational corporation, through its Innovation Lab has launched ¡Yappah!, its first brand that will challenge consumers to reduce food wastes. According to the company, the brand name was inspired by a tradition in the South American Andes called “yapa,” which refers to the little something extra a merchant gives…

UK MPs call for ban in cartoons and fictional characters use on food products

UK - A group of UK MPs has called for a ban on cartoon and fictional characters being used to promote unhealthy, high-sugar foods as part of a raft of proposed measures to cut down on childhood obesity. According to FoodingredientsFirst, stripping out familiar characters like Kellogg’s breakfast cereal’s Tony the Tiger and Coco Monkey…

France to ban use of titanium dioxide in pastries by the end of 2018

FRANCE - The French government has intensified campaign against titanium dioxide used as a pigment to bring a bright and smooth white appearance to pastries or confectionery or to opacify yogurt and ice cream, according to FoodingredientsFirst. The country is debating to ban the use of titanium dioxide as an additive in recipes by the…

Alcohol makers adopt new advertising rules to discourage underage drinking

KENYA - Alcohol manufacturers in Kenya have agreed on new advertising rules in their marketing campaigns that aim to discourage underage drinking, according to Business Daily. Along the new rules, the Alcohol Beverages Association of Kenya launched a code of conduct for members who may risk penalties if they fail to adhere to the new…

Tesco to remove “Best Before” dates from fruit and veg label to cut on food waste

UK - The British grocery store Tesco has announced plans to ditch ‘Best Before’ dates from its own label fruit and vegetables as part of the supermarket’s move to reduce the amount of edible food going into waste and eventually landfill. These include almost 70 fruit and vegetable lines for apples, potatoes, tomatoes, lemons and…