Nigeria’s seasonings producer expands safety campaign on the use of Ajinomoto

NIGERIA – The West African Seasoning Company Limited (WASCO), the Nigerian subsidiary of Japan based Ajinomoto Co. Inc, says it has extended the Ajinomoto safety awareness campaign to the South-Eastern part of the country. The company, which manufactures Ajinomoto seasoning brand, says that the campaign seeks to shore up consumer confidence on the quality of the food seasoning, also known as Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) amid the growing safety concerns. AJI-NO-MOTO, the trade name for the company’s original monosodium glutamate product, was the first MSG seasoning produced since 1909. According to…

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Neogen unveils portable version of its mycotoxin testing solution Raptor® Solo

SCOTLAND – American-based food safety and biotechnology company, Neogen has introduced a portable version of its innovative Raptor® Integrated Analysis Platform, allowing customers to carry out mycotoxin testing in the laboratory or anywhere they choose. The battery-operated portable version features a lateral flow test strip reader with built-in incubation that provides an easy way to objectively analyse and store flow test results. Called Raptor® Solo, the new device can control the timing, temperature and reading of the test strips, allowing testers to simply add sample and walk away. They are…

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Uganda’s Chemiphar secures US$1m funding to facilitate agriculture exports

UGANDA – Chemiphar (U) Ltd, an internationally accredited analytical laboratory in Uganda, has received a total of US$1 million (UGX3.750 billion) funding aimed at boosting agriculture exports in the country. The funding was facilitated by the European Union (EU) through financing from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and National Social Security Fund Uganda (NSSF) and managed by Pearl Capital Partners (PCP). According to an EABW report, Yield Uganda Investment Fund has committed to provide US$350000 (Shs1.3 billion) while the remaining US$650000 (Shs2.45 billion) will be provided by the…

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Twiga Foods partners with IFC to boost food safety in Kenya

KENYA – Twiga Foods, a Kenyan-based technology food distribution platform, has partnered with International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank’s private sector lending arm, in an initiative that seeks to boost food safety in Kenya. The companies have signed an agreement to collaborate in enhancing food safety practices in line with global standards and ensure traceability of produce from the farm to consumers. The agreement adds to a $10 million investment in Twiga Foods, made in November 2018, led by IFC, the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and TLcom-…

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Tanzanian firm to invest US$ 1.52m in developing tech to curb aflatoxin

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s A to Z Textile Mills has unveiled plans of investing US$1.52million (Tsh 3.5bn) in establishing a factory that will be producing Aflasafe, a technology to combat aflatoxin in grains and cereals. This follows an agreement between A to Z and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in conducting research on aflatoxin that saw successful development of the product. Mr Kalpesh Shah, chief executive of A to Z Textile Mills, said the firm was particularly proud of being part of a committed team that had researched for…

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South Africa Tiger Brands prepares against listeriosis class-action lawsuit

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, a packaged-food company based in South Africa, announced that it is set to defend its position in the class action lawsuit against the company following the listeriosis outbreak of 2018. In a statement issued to Johannesburg Stock Exchange, the consumer goods company said it has received a summons in respect of the lawsuit case, which was ratified by the  Johannesburg high court in December last year. “The company intends to defend the class action and is preparing to follow due legal process,” it said. Tiger…

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Nestle and Carrefour partner to offer full brand traceability using blockchain

FRANCE – Nestle and the French retail giant, Carrefour have partnered to use blockchain technology to offer full traceability of famous mashed potato brand, Mousline purée. Customers in France will be able to have full access to blockchain data for the product, enhancing transparency across the entire supply chain. Consumers can use their smartphone or other device to scan a QR code on the Mousline packaging, then get information on how the product is processed at Nestlé factory in the north of France to Carrefour stores. Some of the information…

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Seba Foods Malawi recalls soya product over quality concerns

MALAWI – Seba Foods Malawi Limited, a subsidiary of Vamara Group, said it has deployed a team to withdraw the ‘Golden Goodness Tasty Soya’ with the labels 061818A and 061218A from the market following quality concerns of the product. According to a report by Malawi News Agency, the efforts follows concerns raised by the Competition and Fair-Trading Commission (CFTC) on the safety of the product which Seba Foods attributed to fungus contamination. However, according to James Parkin, the company’s General Manager, this was the first time the company experienced contaminated…

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Rwanda Standards Boards receives US$1m to boost food safety, trade

RWANDA – The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has received a US$1 million fund aimed at facilitating the standards body adopt global practices and improve service delivery to enhance food safety and trade. The fund comes through a financing agreement between Trademark East Africa and RSB in Kigali, Rwanda, reports New Times Rwanda. The financing is set to facilitate stakeholders across various sectors to attain international standard requirements in food safety of local agricultural products, subsequently opening up access to wider markets both regionally and internationally. According to officials from RSB,…

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Nestlé Nigeria commits to enhancing safe water accessibility

NIGERIA – Nestlé Nigeria has reaffirmed its commitment in providing access to clean safe drinking water as part of its overall goal of improving livelihoods in the communities it operates in. The food and beverage specialty company has continued to pursue its ambitions of enhancing quality of life and contribute to a healthier future through the launch initiatives geared towards providing clean safe water in the communities. Speaking during the World Water Day 2019 under the theme ‘Leaving no one Behind’ the Managing Director and CEO of Nestlé Nigeria, Mr.…

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