Cameroon boosts banana production with US$23.9m financing

CAMEROON – The government of Cameroon plans to boost banana production in the country by relaunching the operations of agro-industrial unit Cameroon Development Corporation (CDC) with CFAF29bn (US$49.5m) financing. From the CFAF 29 billion (US$49.5m) financing, the Corporation will utilize the bigger share CFAF14 billion (US$23.9m) in the banana sector and CFAF7 billion (US$11.9m) for the rubber, CFAF7 billion (US$11.9m) for oil palm and CFAF1 billion (US$1.7m) to finance salary arrears. With the financing the Ministry of Economy said that it is confident the country’s banana production will resume its upward…

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FDA investigates E. Coli illness outbreak linked to California-grown Romaine lettuce

USA – The Food and Drug Administration of the United States along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched an investigation into the outbreak of E.Coli infections possibly linked to Romaine lettuce grown in California. According to the CDC, since the outbreak was reported in October, 52 people have been infected after possibly eating romaine lettuce harvested from the central Coastal growing regions of Northern and Central California. The FDA has said that it has rolled out a trace back investigation to review the shipping records…

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UberEats and Café Coffee Day partner to launch a network of virtual restaurants

INDIA – American food ordering and delivery platform, Uber Eats and India’s largest café chain Café Coffee Day have entered a partnership to launch a network of virtual restaurants available for delivery exclusively on Uber Eats app. Under the partnership, the first restaurant brand is set to launch in November this year. An ET Retail report indicates that Uber Eats will help Cafe Coffee Day with data, analytics, and insights to help identify food or cuisines that consumers crave the most. The two will then be able to launch menu…

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FDA, CDC investigate multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses linked to McDonald’s salads

USA – The FDA, CDC, along with state and local officials are investigating a multi-state outbreak of cyclosporiasis illnesses likely linked to salads from McDonald’s restaurants. According to FDA, a total of 476 laboratory-confirmed cases of Cyclospora infection were reported in people who consumed salads from McDonald’s restaurants; the cases were reported by 15 states, as of August 16, 2018. The investigation is ongoing and the FDA is currently reviewing distribution and supplier information for romaine and carrots. “The health and safety of our customers and the people who work…

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USDA investigates Salmonella contamination of whey ingredients in various food recalls

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, along with other partners, are investigating possible Salmonella contamination of a whey ingredient that has caused the recall of several popular foods. According to the administration, Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minn., is recalling dry whey powder due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working with AMPI’s customers to recall products that pose a potential risk to consumers.…

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CDC and multiple states investigate Salmonella infections linked to backyard poultry

USA – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and multiple states are investigating several multistate outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to contact with live poultry in backyard flocks. According to CDC, it made the last update on June 8, 2018, to which 88 more ill people have been reported and the most recent illness began on June 21, 2018. People can get sick with Salmonella infections from touching live poultry or their environment, as these birds can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear healthy and clean and show no…

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CDC says Salmonella outbreak linked to pre-cut melon in salads is over

USA – Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the Salmonella outbreak associated with pre-cut melon is over and the affected individuals were admitted to hospitals. According to federal officials, the risk of additional illnesses in this outbreak is slim. The officials added that as of July 26, 77 people across nine states had been confirmed with Salmonella Adelaide infections. No deaths were reported, according to the final outbreak update posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of the 70 patients for whom the information…

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Salmonella outbreak affects 90 people in 26 states, CDC reports

USA – A salmonella outbreak linked to raw turkey has affected 90 people in 26 states, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC and public health and regulatory officials are investigating the multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Reading infections linked to raw turkey products. According to the disease control centre, eight people from New York reported illness associated with this outbreak, 40 hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. Illnesses began from Nov. 20, 2017, to June 29, 2018, ranging in age from less than…

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CDC and Standard Chartered Bank announce investments in Zimbabwe’s agric business

ZIMBABWE – CDC Group plc (CDC), the UK’s development finance institution, and Standard Chartered Bank have announced an investment facility that will lend up to US$100 million to growing businesses in Zimbabwe. According to CDC, this risk-sharing agreement provides much needed foreign currency capital for local businesses, allowing them to grow, create jobs and improve the country’s economic future. The five-year facility will see CDC and Standard Chartered share the default risk on up to US$100 million of new loans originated by Standard Chartered Bank Zimbabwe in the southern African…

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