High court ratifies listeriosis class action suit against Tiger Brands

SOUTH AFRICA - The Johannesburg high court certified the request by the law firms representing listeriosis claimants to amalgamate the cases against Tiger Brands into a one class action suit, reports Fin24. The listeriosis outbreak, which according to the world health organisation was the largest of its kind, infected over one thousand people and costed…

US and China ease tariff war with a ‘90-days ceasefire’ period

USA – China and the United States of America have agreed to ease their stances in a bid to avoid escalation of tariff war that has since negatively impacted the nations’ agricultural and other trade. Following the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, the two leaders agreed to withdraw some…

Tanzania Bureau of Standards to launch new laboratory for efficiency

TANZANIA - Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is set to launch a new special laboratory that will see efficiency of service delivery by the bureau increased, reports Daily News. This is part of the commitment of the Tanzanian government in the implementation of its industrialisation agenda. With the expected increased industrialisation, the new lab will…

Uganda approves safe development of genetically engineered foods

UGANDA - Uganda’s parliament has passed the Genetically Engineering Regulatory Bill, 2018 which aims at providing a regulatory framework for the safe development and application of biotechnology and release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), reports The Observer. According to the Committee on Science and Technology through its Vice Chairperson, Hon. Lawrence Akugizibwe, the new bill…

Uganda considers rice import ban to improve domestic production

UGANDA - Uganda’s government is considering to stop importation of unprocessed rice by processors so as to improve the domestic supply, reports the Monitor. The consideration has been informed by a survey revealing that the country has a capacity of processing 7,158 metric tonnes per day, a situation arising from the increased number of rice…

Kellogg’s to adopt ‘traffic light’ labeling on cereal packaging in UK

UK – Global cereals firm, Kellogg’s plans to include colour coding (traffic light labels) on its cereals packaging in the UK from early next year in a commitment to help customers make healthier food choices. According to the company, the voluntary labels will first appear on breakfast cereal packs made exclusively for sale in Britain,…

Tanzanian government lifts ban on maize export after a bumper harvest

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian government has lifted the ban on maize export following a bumper harvest of the crop last season which surpassed what the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) can purchase reports Daily News. Speaking during an Agricultural Policy workshop organised by Agricultural Council of Tanzania (ACT) in Dar es Salaam, Japheth Hasunga, the…

WFP promotes local nutritious foods to reduce malnutrition in Tanzania

TANZANIA - The World Food Programme (WFP) has embarked on a nationwide campaign to promote use of local nutritious foods in a bid to alleviate malnutrition among communities in Tanzania, according to the IPP media. Speaking during the launch of a the Oysterbay Farmers Market (OFM) nutrition month in Dar es salaam, Michael Dunford, the…

Tanzania bans genetically modified trials and destroys research evidence

TANZANIA -The Tanzanian government has imposed a ban on all the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) trials being carried out in the country and has ordered destruction of research evidence. According to the Citizen, the ban was imposed through a statement made by the ministry of agriculture in the country. The move was necessitated and motivated…

Ethiopia holds international conference on pulses, oilseeds and spices

ETHIOPIA – Ethiopia is holding an international conference on pulses, oilseeds and spices to liberate on strengthening and expanding potential of the commodities in the market destinations, reports ENA. Jointly organized by Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ethiopian Pulses, Oilseeds and Spices Processors-Exporters Association (EPOSPEA), the conference seeks to help low quality exporters to…