Kenyan standard body sets new rules for fresh produce test by retailers

KENYA – Retailers in Kenya will be required to comply with new regulations of ensuring that fresh produces are tested for higher pesticide residues and other contaminants as of May 1 in a bid to […]

FDA launches campaign to increase awareness of the new nutrition facts label

USA – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new education campaign aimed at increasing consumer awareness of the new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. The campaign with the tagline “What’s […]

Agricultural agency efforts bear fruits as Nigeria records decline in rejection of agro exports

NIGERIA – The number of queries and rejection cases of exported agricultural produce from Nigeria has been witnessing a steady decline, the Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Agency and farmers have said. It was gathered that improvement […]

Nestlé to introduce Nutri-Score nutrition labeling in Europe

EUROPE – The multinational food and beverage company, Nestlé has announced that it will use Nutri-Score nutrition labeling in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland, starting in the first half of 2020. The company plans […]

Vietnamese yellowfin tuna supplier to recall products linked to scombrotoxin fish poisoning

USA – Truong Phu Xanh, a Vietnamese firm supplying yellowfin tuna fish is to initiate a voluntary recall of all its yellowfin tuna sold in the US after investigations linked scombrotoxin fish poisoning to the […]

China lifts ban on poultry imports from the United States

USA – China has reopened its market for poultry imports from the United States, bringing to an end the nearly five-year ban on US poultry products. China imposed a ban on all US poultry imports […]

Malawi Bureau of Standards lifts ban on the use of tartrazine as a food additive

MALAWI – Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) has lifted the ban on the use of food additive tartrazine that was being used in production of beverages such as squashes, cordials and other flavoured drinks. The […]

Kenyan Standard body suspends supply of seven peanut butter brands over aflatoxins contamination

KENYA – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government’s standards agency has suspended seven peanut butter brands from the Kenyan market following test results undertaken by the agency which signified high level of Aflatoxin than […]

South Africa publishes new meat processing regulations to curb listeriosis outbreak

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s new regulations set to curb outbreak of listeriosis published by the Department of Trade and Industry now give effect to the guidelines for the processed meat industry as laid out […]

USDA establishes new rules for hemp production as new program kicks off

USA – The US Department of Agriculture is set to finalize interim rules that will allow hemp to be grown under federally approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. […]