South African Bureau of Standards gets new Board after four-year absentia

SOUTH AFRICA – After four years of functioning without a permanent Board or a full-time Chief Executive Officer, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Competition has named eight individuals to the board of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for a five-year term. Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade and Industry, claims that despite having been in operation for…

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Uganda’s animal feeds industry watchdog seeks to regulate sector to up quality

UGANDA – Uganda Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (UGAFMA), the umbrella organization for animal feed producers, has begun a campaign to rid the industry of quacks by requiring all dealers to adhere to certain standards. Members of UGAFMA met with representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Trade to discuss enforcing standards in their industry earlier in the week. “As players…

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FAO Farmer Field Schools yield encouraging results in fighting antimicrobial resistance

AFRICA – FAO Farmer Field Schools (FFS) has shown that changes in animal production techniques can result in judicious antimicrobial use (AMU), safe food, and higher profit margins. Results from pilots in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe reveal that farmers who took part in the FAO’s poultry FFS boosted their efforts in infection prevention and control while decreasing their usage…

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KEBS warns consumers of aflatoxin-contaminated rice

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a government organization responsible for certifying locally produced and imported commodities, has alerted Kenyans to a rice brand that is unhealthy due to high aflatoxin levels. The national certification and standardization office issued a warning in a statement shared on its social media channels about the significant aflatoxin contamination of the Polla…

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Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority bans sale of Toblerone chocolate

RWANDA – The Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has ordered firms to stop selling Toblerone chocolate due to quality concerns. The regulator looked into the situation after complaints about the quality of chocolate recently surfaced on social media. The regulator stated that it had “investigated and found that the chocolates did not comply with standards,”, particularly in light of…

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Ghana’s Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute ready to tackle banana disease

GHANA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s (GAEC) Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI) claims that it is prepared to fight the Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) should it ever reach the nation. One of the most severe banana diseases, BBTD, also affects plantains and is brought on by the Banana Bunchy Top Virus. It causes havoc worldwide and causes…

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KEBS urges hotels to raise standards, hygiene to provide consumers with safe food

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has urged hotels to raise their production standards for food and beverages as well as hygiene in order to provide customers and visitors with meals that are fit for consumption. According to the Bureau, this is crucial to the hospitality industry’s sustainable growth as well as the safety of consumers. The Director…

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Nigeria launches traceability system to monitor livestock

NIGERIA – The Federal Government of Nigeria has launched the National Animal Identification System and Traceability System (NAITS) to solve some of the challenges faced in the livestock sector. The system tech is part of the National Livestock Transformation Plan (NLTP) meant to foster greater prosperity through reforms that will make the livestock sector “more productive and sustainable” at the…

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Early maturing maize cultivars to aid Africa in achieving food security

AFRICA – Researchers from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria  have discovered maize cultivars that offer a promising strategy to attain food security and safety of maize in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). According to IITA, nearly 30% of the calories consumed by more than 300 million people in SSA come from maize, and this…

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Research shows potential of passion fruit peels in fresh produce preservation

SOUTH AFRICA – According to research from the University of Johannesburg, the high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols in passion fruit peels have a substantial potential to preserve fresh fruits and fresh cuts in an edible food coating. A coating like this can lessen plastic packaging and spoilage in supply networks. This work is based on research funded by the…

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