Barry Callebaut shuts down plant due to Salmonella contamination

BELGIUM – Production has come to a stand still at the premises of Belgian-Swiss cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, after detecting Salmonella in samples of its chocolate products. Analysis at the company’s Wieze site identified Lecithin, an ingredient used in chocolate production to reduce thickness as the source of contamination hence seized production in all the processing lines.…

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Mozambique bans meat import from Zimbabwe over Foot-and-Mouth Disease outbreak

MOZAMBIQUE – The government of Mozambique has banned the importation of animals and other animal by-products from Zimbabwe over the outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease. The measure comes after the Zimbabwean Tax Authority notified the Mozambican authorities about the outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Mashonaland Central province, Mbire district, which borders Mozambique. Foot-and-Mouth Disease is a viral disease of ungulates, i.e.,…

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Listeria contaminated fish leaves three dead in UK

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) together with the UK Health Security Agency, Public Health Scotland and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) are looking into a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to fish, that has led to the death of three people in the United Kingdom. The outbreak was first made public in April and so far, twelve patients across the…

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Kinder manufacturer Ferrero to reopen Belgium processing facility on probation basis

BELGIUM – Ferrero, a popular chocolate maker recently involved in an international Salmonella outbreak, has received conditional approval from the Belgian food safety agency, to resume operations at its Arlon, Belgium, plant. The Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) suspended operations at the factory in April, which led to the recall of all products in the…

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Several ill after consumption of meat contaminated with Clenbuterol

MEXICO – Officials in the Mexican state of Yucatan have reported a food poisoning incident that has affected close to 500 people, believed to have been caused by consumption of meat contaminated with Clenbuterol. The first alert about the poisoning was made this past week and so far, no deaths have been reported. Patients were seen by the district’s doctor…

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Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International identifies pests that threaten Kenya’s agriculture

KENYA – The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) has led a research which prioritizes 120 potential Invasive Alien Species (IAS) that could pose a threat to agriculture and biodiversity in Kenya. From the initial assessment, the study, published in the journal Biological Invasions, drew up a list of 21 arthropods, 9 nematodes and 20 pathogenic species which the…

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FAO commences biological pest control programme to contain Mango Mealybug in Burundi

BURUNDI – The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa and the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock have efficaciously released biological control agents of the Mango Mealybug in Burundi. The biological control agent release was done in two provinces of Burundi, in the months of April and May in two rounds, aiming to effectively control…

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USDA initiates awareness campaign to prevent spread of African swine fever

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has initiated an outreach and awareness campaign dubbed “Protect Our Pigs”, to prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the U.S. Through the campaign, APHIS will support commercial pork producers, veterinarians and pig owners with information and resources to safeguard…

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FAO embarks on research to fight against Fall Armyworm in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has initiated a three-year Global Action for Fall Armyworm control in West Africa, to ensure a strong coordinated approach at national, regional and global levels. In West Africa, the resurgence of plant pests, such as the Fall Armyworm, severely limits producers’ efforts and threatens the production targets set by Governments to…

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FDA Ghana confirms food poisoning allegations at Marwako restaurant

GHANA – Investigations conducted by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana has established that the suspected food poisoning at the Marwako Food Restaurant East Legon branch was due to food contamination. The food watchdog revealed that samples and swabs taken from the environment at the East Legon branch of Mawarko Fast Food Limited, indicated that there was heavy microbial…

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