UAE issues new labeling and licence regulations for dairy and beverages

ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cabinet has issued regulations for the dairy, beverages and juice categories, requiring licencing of companies as well as proper labeling of the products to ensure conformity to standards. The two regulations cover the UAE regulatory system for the monitoring of milk and dairy products, and on the monitoring of…

Spain, USA and UK researchers successfully create GM rice with HIV-neutralizing proteins

WORLD - An international team of researchers from Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom has successfully created a strain of genetically modified (GM) rice that will produce HIV-neutralizing proteins. According to Crop Biotech, the scientists have been developing possible treatments for people infected with HIV. Their efforts to produce a vaccine against the…

World Food Programme picks Uganda as global food procurement hub

UGANDA - The World Food Programme (WFP), world’s number one Zero Hunger campaigner has picked Uganda as the global procurement hub, providing more than 1,000 grain farmers with opportunity to benefit from local procurements. According to the Monitor, WFP has constructed more than 70 silos in the country for post-harvest management as part of the…

Spur reports 25.9% decline in earnings partly blamed on racial incident

SOUTH AFRICA - Spur Corporation, the South African steakhouse franchise restaurant has reported 25.9% decline in headline earnings to US$10.28 million partly blamed on a racial spat at the restaurant, lower consumer spending and deteriorating economic conditions, reports ANA. The social media storm following the ‘racist’ argument at one of its outlets in Pretoria, together…

RMG Ghana introduces new chemical ‘Belt Expert 480SC’ to fight armyworm

GHANA - Ghana’s agricultural company, Regional Marketing Group (RMG) Ghana Limited has introduced a new chemical Belt Expert 480SC to combat the fall armyworm menace. Belt Expert 480SC, manufactured by Bayer CropScience is described as a long standing solution for the control of various chewing (lepidopteran) pests and sucking pests on maize, vegetables, and other…

USDA investigates Salmonella contamination of whey ingredients in various food recalls

USA - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with other partners, are investigating possible Salmonella contamination of a whey ingredient that has caused the recall of several popular foods. According to the administration, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn.,…

CDC and multiple states investigate Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry

USA – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and multiple states are investigating several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. According to CDC, it made the last update on June 8, 2018, to which 88 more ill people have been reported and the most recent illness…

Trump administration provides US$12b to aid US farmers in US-China trade wars

USA - The Trump administration has said it would provide up to US$12 billion in aid for U.S. farmers from early September to shield them from the repercussions of trade disputes between the United States and China, the European Union and others. According to CNBC, the United States has never before offered aid of this…

Nestle, French Lactalis, Danone tops the Dairy Top 20 list in Rabobank’s report

WORLD - The Global Dairy Top 20 list has seen no new entrants but shifts in positions, topped by the world’s largest food and beverage company Nestle SA, then French Lactalis which swapped places with Paris based food products corporation, Danone. Their combined turnover was positively impacted by dairy price recovery which increased 7.2% in…

Chi Ltd’s Chivita receives the Outstanding Juice Brand of the Year award

NIGERIA - Nigeria’s fast-moving consumer goods company, Chi Ltd’s juice brand Chivita has clinched the Outstanding Juice Brand of the Year award at the Marketing Edge awards held in Lagos, reported the Vanguard. Chivita was awarded based on constant innovations it has had over the years with a focus on new trends, health and consumer…