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…

India’s single-use plastics to be eliminated by 2022

INDIA - India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022, a pledge that is the most ambitious yet of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world. The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has announced that the move aims to drastically stem the flow…

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…

WHO unveils new plan to eliminate use of trans fats in food

USA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled a new plan to eliminate the use of trans fats, calling for the gains made against the harmful acids in richer countries to be spread worldwide. Industrially produced trans-fatty acids, such as margarine and some hardened vegetable fats, are popular among food producers because they are…

EU bans ‘dual food’ to restrict sale of low quality food

EU - The European Union has issued a directive to ban ‘dual food’ to tackle the issue of known brands selling its food products of lower quality in some markets in the EU. The commission is set to provide a methodology for testing multinational brands to help identify the real culprits when they try to…

UNIDO to help Nigeria to resume beans exports to EU

NIGERIA - The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) will in the next month begin a pilot project to enable the resumption of export of Nigerian dried beans to the European Union (EU). According to an article by the Daily Trust, the European Union had instilled the ban for export to the member countries from Nigeria…

Zimbabwe bans imports of cold meat at the centre of Listeriosis outbreak in SA

ZIMBABWE - Zimbabwe is reported to have endorsed an import ban on cold meat products from South Africa, as the Listeriosis outbreak takes an elevation in SA. Zimbabwe joins four other countries that have opted to either suspend imports of the products or make an immediate recall of the affected products with what they termed…

Top executives in discussions towards alternative packaging after plastic ban

KENYA - Top executives of industrial packaging manufacturers are in Nairobi this week for an exclusive conference and exhibition whose focus is to develop new materials that will enable the industry to chart the way forward in the wake of the ban on plastic bags. In Kenya, finding alternatives to plastic packaging has become more…