DMK Group announces plan to reduce sugar content in the Milram range

GERMANY - DMK Group, Germany's largest dairy company, has announced that it will reduce the sugar content of products throughout its Milram range, as the company aims to adapt to the changing nutritional demands of consumers. According to the company, it will implement this new strategy in three phases. Firstly, Milram’s buttermilk and kefir drinks…

Food Control agency shuts down Kripsy Kreme over expired ingredients

NIGERIA- National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Consumer Protection Council (CPC) have shut down Kripsy Kreme Doughnuts confectionary in Victoria Island, Lagos over use of expired fillings and imposed expiry dates, BBC reports. The move was announced after NAFDAC and CPC visited the premises to conduct a quality inspection on their…

Agriculture bank to provide affordable loans for improved palm oil production

TANZANIA - Tanzania Agriculture Development Bank (TADB) has pledged to provide affordable loans to small-scale farmers with a focus on enhancing palm farming and production of edible oil in the country, reports Daily News. The loans are meant to meet farming costs and increase palm oil availability by supporting production of quality oil palm seeds.…

UAE recalls frozen vegetables and fruit linked to listeria outbreak

ASIA- The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) will withdraw frozen vegetables and fruit products following a warning issued by the European Union on possible outbreak of listeriosis. The products were produced by Greenyard Frozen Company, a Belgium-based fresh, frozen and prepared fruit and vegetables firm. The nine items on…

UK Food and Drink Federation says manufacturers input prices to rise after Brexit

UK - The UK Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has published the second of its new quarterly business confidence surveys revealing that more than three-quarters of manufacturers expect input prices to rise in the remainder of 2018. According to FoodingredientsFirst, more than half of those polled had seen increased ingredient costs (62%), increased packaging costs…

World Food Programme picks Uganda as global food procurement hub

UGANDA - The World Food Programme (WFP), world’s number one Zero Hunger campaigner has picked Uganda as the global procurement hub, providing more than 1,000 grain farmers with opportunity to benefit from local procurements. According to the Monitor, WFP has constructed more than 70 silos in the country for post-harvest management as part of the…

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.,…

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…

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…