China approves five genetically modified crop imports amid US talks

CHINA – China has approved five new genetically modified crops for import in the midst of the just-began trade talks with the United States, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs revealed. The move which aims to boost its overseas trade saw the approval of two rapeseed products, one corn and two soybean products. The…

Tanzania gives green light to sugar imports from Uganda

TANZANIA – Tanzania has embarked on issuing permits to traders allowing importation of sugar from Uganda as the country still struggles to meet its 290,000-tonne sugar shortage, reports the East African. The government had stopped issuing new permits for importation of the commodity to protect producers and traders. This had seen sugar imports from its…

COMESA calls on investments into sanitary standards to improve trade

AFRICA - Experts have advised Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) members states to invest in food safety, animal and plant health to increase market access for agricultural produce. According to the experts, animal and plant health measures, also known as sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS), have largely received low investment because governments…

FSSAI sets new food packaging regulations effective July 1

INDIA – India’s food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has announced new packaging requirements and food businesses are required to comply with the new rules effective July 1, 2019. The new regulations replace provisions in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011 and prohibits packaging material made of recycled plastics…

SC revives US$91m class-action suit against Nestle India over Maggi noodles

INDIA – The Supreme Court of India has revived the government case seeking US$91 million in damages from Nestle India for alleged unfair trade practices, false labelling and misleading advertisements. The suit is based on an earlier case that claimed high lead content and presence of MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in Nestle’s popular brand of pasta,…

Cargill earnings fall 20% as food ingredients revenues decline

USA – The American grain trader has posted 20% decline in second-quarter earnings from US$924 million in the year-ago period to US$741 million with a decline in food ingredients segment. Second-quarter revenues decreased 4% to US$28 billion while adjusted operating earnings were US$853 million, down 10% from the US$948 million earned in last year’s strong…

South Africa’s retailer Shoprite charged for contravening competition act

SOUTH AFRICA - Shoprite Checkers, South Africa’s supermarket chain store and holding company of ticket distributor- Computicket, has been charged for allegedly contravening the competition act, reports IOL Business. Competition Commission had earlier on said that it had referred a case against ticket distributors Computicket Ltd and Shoprite Checkers Ltd to the Competition Tribunal for…

Tanzania grants free market access for Uganda soya, sugar and sunflower

TANZANIA - Tanzanian government through the Ministry of Trade has said that Sugar, sunflower and soya exports from Uganda had been cleared and will now freely access Tanzanian market reports, Daily Monitor. This comes after Tanzania had over the past few persistently prevented the entry of a number of Uganda’s commodities into the country prompting…

Kenya’s product regulator rejects Italian pasta over standards

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBs) has rejected a consignment of Italian pasta and blocked its entry into the country on grounds that the commodity which included spaghetti did not meet the standards. According to a Business Daily report, the standards and practices body rejected the products manufactured by the Italian pasta manufacturer…

Former standards boss charged with fraud over unlawful import penalties

KENYA – The former Managing Director and chief executive of the Kenya Bureau of standards, Charles Ongwae has been charged with abuse of office in a fraud suit for enforcing unlawful penalties on imports that cost the government its revenues. A Business Daily report, Mr Ongwae, released on bond, was among other suspects accused of…