China’s beef production expected to increase to 7.4 million metric tonnes

CHINA - China’s beef production will increase by 1% in 2018 to 7.4 million metric tonnes (MMT), with its appetite for beef forecast to grow by 3% to 8.4 MMT, outpacing demand and leading to higher imports, according to a USDA report. China recently approved several new suppliers, most notably the United States, to help…

Zambeef’s CEO and co-founder Carl Irwin retires

ZAMBIA - Carl Irwin, the joint CEO and co-founder of Zambian agribusiness enterprise Zambeef has retired at end of March after building the company into a ‘multi-national conglomerate’ together with other founders. Carl Irwin is said to have served 23 years of leadership at one of the leading food retailers in Zambia and South Africa. He has greatly…

Red meat industry body raises concerns about Listeriosis ‘misinformation’

SOUTH AFRICA - The Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and its member organisations have raised concerns over the entire meat industry which has been associated with Listeriosis scare across the food chain. The forum which includes the SA Meat Processors Association (SAMPA) questioned the entire red meat value chain, marred with Listeria contamination that has…

Brasil Foods SA shares fall 19.75% in the middle of a fraud crisis

BRAZIL - Brazilian Brasil Foods SA, one of the world’s largest exporter of meat has seen its shares flop 19.75% at the center of a food safety probe in the Brazilian meat industry by federal police, according to a report by Financial Times. BRF shares fell 19.75% to US$2.10 per share following the fraud altercation,…

Kenya bans importation of South Africa cold processed meat- Listeriosis scare

KENYA - Kenya has banned importation and sale of cold processed meat from South Africa, after South Africa’s listeriosis scare which has led to 180 deaths since the outbreak. Kepha Ombacho, the director of Public Health, has asked health officers in the counties and ports of entry to enforce the ban on meat and meat…

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…

Shoprite, Checkers to issue refund to consumers of Enterprise and Rainbow recalled products

SOUTH AFRICA - The SA retailer Shoprite and Checkers have called on customers for a refund of recalled products from Enterprise and Rainbow amidst a Listeriosis outbreak scare in the country. The customers were required to return the processed cold meat products and Rainbow Chicken polony for a full refund. As reported by fin24, the…

South Africa’s Listeria outbreak is the largest ever recorded globally

SOUTH AFRICA - The South Africa listeria outbreak that has killed 180 people since January is the largest ever recorded globally, according to the World Health Organization. The number of people affected hit 948 people, which is the highest number that ever contracted listeriosis – a disease caused by bacteria from soil, water, vegetation and…

South Africa neighbours ban exports following the Listeria scare

SOUTH AFRICA - Four countries in southern Africa have taken steps against South African chilled meat imports made at a factory found to be the origin of the world's worst-ever listeria outbreak. Mozambique and Namibia announced they were immediately suspending imports of the products while Botswana said it was recalling the items "with immediate effect".…

Woolworths pulls 32 cold meat products in widespread Listeria retailer recall

SOUTH AFRICA - Woolworths has joined the other retail companies in pulling 32 of Polony and Vienna cold meat products from Enterprise Foods after its parent company Tiger brands made the decision to recall the products. This came at the verge of Listeriosis outbreak indignation in the country after Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi announced…