Grain Council of Uganda seeks ban of ungraded maize export

UGANDA – The Grain Council of Uganda has asked government to immediately ban the export of ungraded maize, whose trading has increased due to demand pressures across the East African region. Mr. Henry Musisi, Acting Executive Director, Grain Council of Uganda, said the export of ungraded maize presents a number of challenges, which include distortion of quality and pricing and…

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Agriculture and Food Authority, Retail Trade Association of Kenya launch KS 1758 Standard

KENYA – The Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) and the Retail Trade Association of Kenya (RETRAK) have launched the KS 1758 Standard by presenting audit certificates to farms who took part in the pilot stage of the program. “Another milestone in the domestic fresh produce market! We now have 7 KS 1758 Part 2 certified farms. One of the seven…

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Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation achieves Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil Certification

GHANA – Golden Star Oil Palm Plantation (GSOPP), an alternative livelihood project of Golden Star resources, now a member of the Chifeng Gold Group, has primed its smallholder farmers for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm oil (RSPO) Certification. The highly coveted certification which is the first of its kind in Ghana and second in Africa, signifies that GSOPP smallholder farmers…

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FDA seeks external aid in evaluating its food program amidst discontent on performance

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to commission external agency experts to conduct a comprehensive review of its food program in response to increased calls for improvements, including a bill to create a new agency. “While America’s food supply is safe, and our foods program experts have significantly contributed to the availability of more nutritious food…

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France to cut use of nitrates, nitrites in food due to cancer risks

FRANCE – Following a risk assessment by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France might soon ban the use of nitrites in food which has been linked to cancer. The move follows a French parliament bill in February aiming to gradually reduce the use of nitrites in cured meats which called on the government…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria issues MANCAP Certification to 12 companies

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has issued certificates of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to 12 companies operating in Kano as a way of improving product standardization. The Director General of the Agency Malam Faruk Salim noted that the certificate is not a ‘cash and carry’ exercise, rather a scientific approach to ensure all facets of production…

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Kenyan Government to put up hot water treatment facility to boost horticultural exports

KENYA – The government of Kenya through the Agriculture and Food Authority [AFA], has planned to launch a hot water treatment facility in Nairobi to boost export of Kenya’s horticulture products to international markets. Agriculture CS Peter Munya said the hot water treatment plant is a viable intervention for the fruit fly issue and by establishing this facility, Kenya will…

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Study shows SARS-CoV-2 can survive on frozen meat for 30 days

U.S – A study by researchers at the Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, has revealed that viruses similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can survive on frozen meat and fish for up to a month. Prompted by COVID outbreaks in Asia in which packaged meat was suspected as the virus’ source, the research was…

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Esther Ngari appointed KEBS Acting Managing Director

KENYA – Esther Ngari has been appointed to steer the country’s standards watchdog, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) as its Managing Director, following a heated court  battle that saw the previous head ousted. Ms. Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization, Trade & Enterprise Development appointed Ms. Ngari, who has been the institution’s Director of Standards and Trade, to  assume…

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards opens new food safety lab in Northern Region

UGANDA – As part of its decentralization initiatives, the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has opened a food safety testing laboratory for the Northern Region based in Gulu. The Minister of State for Industry, David Bahati, hailed the bureau’s initiative of decentralizing its services to the regional offices saying it will back the government’s industrialization agenda. He noted that…

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