Kenya inks deal with Uganda for 6m bags of cheap maize flour

KENYA - The Ministry of trade has made a deal with Uganda to supply 6.6 million bags of maize flour as the country records a food deficit amid efforts to reverse the situation. Kenya will pay US$20 for each bag of maize flour to the Grain Council of Uganda, set to deliver the cargo at…

Standards body convenes stakeholders meeting to review standards for beverages

NIGERIA - The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stressed the need for Nigeria to generate her own data on Benzene level in soft drinks in order to arrive at the safe maximum level of benzoic acid or opt for alternative preservatives. Mr. Osita Aboloma, the Director General of Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), stated…

Nigeria approves alcohol, tobacco taxes, to start June 2018

NIGERIA - The Federal government has signed-off on the implementation of a new tariff regime on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products as it seeks to raise government’s fiscal revenues. President Muhammadu Buhari has approved an amendment to the excise tariff rates for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products, which are slated to go into effect on…

Shares dip as Tiger Brands braces for class action lawsuit

SOUTH AFRICA - The share price of Tiger Brands dipped by more than 5% in early trade on Monday, before recovering to trade a touch over 3% down on news that South African listeriosis victims plan to file a class action case against the group. Richard Spoor, known in South Africa for his work for mineworkers…

SA Poultry Association questions Brazilian chicken after Listeriosis scare

SOUTH AFRICA - Reports about corruption and the evasion of food safety checks in the Brazilian meat and poultry industries are a continuing concern for South African consumers, reports Sedibeng Ster. The latest report is that the Brazilian police are investigating charges that top executives at Brazil’s major poultry exporter are alleged to have engaged…

Tiger Brands division to recall affected products, but conducting own Listeriosis tests

SOUTH AFRICA - Tiger Brands, on behalf of its division Enterprise Foods, has committed to recalling products that are identified with listeriosis outbreak, but are conducting its own tests as well. This follows an announcement by Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) on Sunday that the source of the present…

Tiger Brands factory is the source of Listeriosis outbreak in South Africa – Ministry

SOUTH AFRICA - The outbreak of listeriosis has been traced to an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced on Sunday. "We can now conclude scientifically that the source of the present outbreak is the Enterprise Food production facility located in Polokwane," he said at the offices of the National Institute of…

Listeriosis cases hit 945 as authorities warn over ready-to-eat meals, dairy products

SOUTH AFRICA – Health authorities in South Africa have warned vulnerable groups of the population, including young children and the elderly, from eating ready-to-eat meat products and unpasteurized dairy products as the Listeriosis cases hit the 945 mark at the end of February in the country. A report issued by the National Institute for Communicable…