Kenya’s President proposes import ban on fish from China

KENYA - President Uhuru Kenyatta has proposed a ban on fish imports from China, a move he noted was government’s efforts in benefiting the local fishing industry, reports the Nation. Speaking during the 2018 SMEs conference at Strathmore University, the President said imported fish was hurting the local market thus the need to ensure the…

Bakhresa Group halts flour exports to Kenya on inapt tax rules

TANZANIA - Bakhresa Group which operates one of the largest flour mill in Tanzania has suspended Kenya flour exports on changing rules and systems for exporting goods into the country. The company said frequent changes in tax rules, instituted by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have slowed its exports to Kenya and led to losses…

USDA bans use of synthetic substance flavourings in food

USA - The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has banned the use of six synthetic flavorings in candy, cookies, ice cream, and all other foods and beverages because the chemicals have been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. According to USDA, the affected chemicals—benzophenone, ethyl acrylate, eugenyl methyl ether, myrcene, pulegone, and pyridine—are typically…

State fails to defend US$19m compensation in plastic ban case

KENYA - The government of Kenya represented by the office of the Attorney General (AG) has failed to meet a seven-day deadline that required it to provide defence against a Nairobi-based manufacturer who is seeking a US$19 million compensation following plastic bags ban. According to Business Daily, the manufacturer, Hi-Plast Limited is also seeking to…

Tanzania’s chicken import ban bites as shortage looms

TANZANIA - Tanzania is facing a chicken shortage with rising retail prices, months after banning importation of poultry from its neighbours in the East African Community. Speaking to The EastAfrican, Tanzania Poultry Breeders Association secretary General Manase Mrindwa said that some firms had stopped production of day-old chicks, leading to a shortage of broilers and…

Canada’s ban on trans fat oils in foods officially kicks off

CANADA – Canada has officially marked the the beginning of a ban on its partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of industrially produced trans fat in foods. FoodingredientsFirst reports that trans fats raise “bad” cholesterol levels (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart disease; they also reduce the blood…

Kenyan manufacturers move to stop plastic bottles ban

KENYA - Kenyan manufacturers have moved to stop a ban on plastic bottles and instead resolved to engage stakeholders to support recycling at all levels, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) vice-chairman, Mr Mucai Kunyiha, manufacturers would engage recycling firms as well as support waste collectors to establish viable value chains…

Japan scraps ban on liquid baby formula with new standards for manufacturers

JAPAN - Japan’s milk industry has welcomed its government’s decision to revise an ordinance that prohibited the production and sale of liquid baby formula, reversing the ban that had permitted powdered product only. According to justfood, the ministry of health, labour and welfare has announced new standards for ready-made liquid baby formula that can be…

Kenya sighs relief as COMESA extends safeguards on sugar imports for 2yrs

KENYA - The regional trade bloc, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) has approved an extension safeguarding Kenyan sugar industry from cheap imports from the region for two more years. According to Business Daily, the July 14 nod, granted by the bloc’s Council of Ministers in a meeting in Lusaka, Zambia protects Kenya…

China agrees to lift ban on imports of German poultry meat

CHINA - China has agreed to reopen its market to imports of German poultry meat, since it had stopped imports after an outbreak of the bird flu disease in Germany, according to German agriculture minister Julia Kloeckner. Reuters reported that Kloeckner said in a statement after talks in Berlin with Chinese agriculture minister Han Changfu…