Kenya’s horticulture sector gets US$6m from EU to boost sanitary and phytosanitary standards of fresh produce

KENYA – The European Union (EU) has granted Kenya €5 million (US$6 million) to support its horticultural sector achieve sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) as required by the export markets. Under a four-year plan dubbed New Export Trade (NExT), EU aims at increasing the contribution of the horticultural sector to household income. Deputy Head of Delegation, EU to Kenya, Katrin Hagemann, said this will be achieved through the generation of employment opportunities and foreign currency. She said to improve food security safety and nutrition there is need to increase the…

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TBS trains rice stakeholders on recommended standards as production in MY 2020/21 is projected to rise by 13.6%

TANZANIA – Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has embarked on disseminating information pertaining to the organization, better production principles, standards and recommended operation procedures, to the rice stakeholders in the country. To this end, the regulatory body has urged entrepreneurs dealing with processing, packaging and selling of rice to take into account standards, quality and safety of their products as way to increase productivity. The call was made by the TBS Training and Research Manager Hamisi Mwanasala while training entrepreneurs from Mwanza Region. The entrepreneurs were also guided on to…

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Sesame becomes ninth food allergen requiring plain-language labelling in the US

US – Sesame has become the ninth food allergen for which the US Food and Drug Administration requires plain-language labelling following the signing of a new law by US President Joseph Biden. With the new law, food manufacturing companies making foods formulated with Sesame will be required to clearly label Sesame as an allergen from 1 January 2023. The legislative milestone marks the first time since 2004 that a new allergen has been added to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. Sesame will join peanuts, tree nuts, fish,…

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Kenyan dairy processors to be liable of product recalls from retail stores

KENYA – Kenyan retailers are a happy lot following the government directing dairy processors to foot the cost of recalling unsafe milk and other dairy products from supermarket shelves and shops, as stipulated under the new Dairy Industry (Traceability and Recall), 2021 Regulations. The new requirement, will for the first time shift the cost of withdrawing the unfit products from retailers to the producers, reports Business Daily. Supermarkets and wholesale shops had, before the publication of the new regulations, taken the responsibility for withdrawing unsafe dairy products from their shelves…

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Kenya’s fast-growing food manufacturer Mjengo Limited obtains FSSC 22000 Certification

KENYA – Malbros Group, trading as Mjengo Limited, has announced that its operations have been certified by Bureau Veritas, receiving the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000). Bureau Veritas is a company specialized in the testing, inspection and certification founded in 1828. It operates in a variety of sectors, including Building & Infrastructure, Agri-food & Commodities, Marine & Offshore, Industry, Certification and Consumer Products. The FSSC 22000 certification meets the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) specification, by providing an audit of the Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) to certify…

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Rwanda makes its mandatory for grain handlers to set-up aflatoxin testing facilities

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda through the Rwanda Inspectorate Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (RICA), has called for urgent investment in the establishment of proper aflatoxin texting facilities in the country. RICA has directed all warehouse operators, wholesalers, as well as factories dealing in legumes, cereals, cassava, livestock feed, to set up the laboratories by the end of May this year. The organization requires dealers in agriculture products to effectively use the facilities to test for aflatoxin, a naturally occurring toxic substances, prior to accepting, storing or even processing…

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South Africa confirms avian flu outbreak, cases reported in commercial poultry farm

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s multi-billion-dollar poultry industry is on high alert and implementing contingency plans after an announcement of an outbreak of avian flu on a farm in South Africa’s central province of Gauteng. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development confirmed the outbreak announcing that about 300 birds died of avian flu at the commercial chicken-layer farm in Ekurhuleni. Samples from the farm were taken for laboratory testing which turned positive for the H5 strain of AI. Upon confirmation that it was H5, the birds in…

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Kenyan bakery DPL Festive receives FSSC 22000 certification showcasing utmost safe food handling

KENYA – DPL Festive Bread, one of the leading bakeries in Kenya producing the market dominant Festive brand, has received the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) from SGS Kenya. The bread maker becomes the first bakery in the East Africa region to receive the stringent food safety standards certification, showcasing its commitment to safe handling of its bakery products. FSSC 22000 provides a framework for certifying and auditing Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), which meets the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements – the highest food safety…

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European Food Safety Authority warns resistance levels still high in foodborne bacteria

EUROPE – A sizeable proportion of Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria is still resistant to antibiotics commonly used in humans and animals, as in previous years, according to a new report released by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The report was based on antimicrobial resistance monitoring data collected by Member States as part of their EU regulatory obligations and jointly analyzed by EFSA and ECDC with the assistance of external contractors.  “In humans, high proportions of resistance to ciprofloxacin, an…

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Uganda Coffee Development Authority’s lab upgrades to new ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation

UGANDA – The Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) has announced that it will be transitioning its Coffee Testing Laboratory in Lugogo to the new ISO/IEC 17025: 2017 standard issued by the International Standardization Organization (ISO) under the European Union funded Market Access Upgrade (MARKUP) project for the coffee and cocoa value chain development in Uganda. The International Standard ISO/IEC17025 is used for the accreditation of competence of testing and calibration laboratories worldwide. According to ISO, all accredited laboratories in the world are supposed to transition to the new standard which…

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