New dawn for Tanzanian importers as Kenya scrapes off inspection fee

EAST AFRICA – Kenya has scraped inspection fees for Tanzanian importers of processed foods approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) following a bilateral meeting between Kenya and Tanzania held in Arusha to do away with trade barriers. Kenya and Tanzania resolved to harmonize domestic taxes, levies and fees that are charged on each other’s products, and gave a…

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Kenya’s top maize flour brand Soko on spot over misleading labelling

KENYA – Capwell industries has been fined ksh600,000 ($5565.86) for misrepresenting the quality and ingredients of the brand to consumers by the competition Authority of Kenya (CAK). This was after an investigation was carried out in their major retail stores on fortification and labelling claims millers made in the financial year ended June 2020. CAK is a Kenyan authority which…

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Ugandan maize millers request UNBS to extend certification deadline

UGANDA – Maize millers and traders in Uganda have pleaded with Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) to extend the deadline for certification saying they are ill-prepared as the June 30th deadline issued did not consider the various problems they are going through, some of them caused by the government and others by nature.  The millers and traders have been…

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NCBA petitions for new labelling scheme for beef products

USA -The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for a new labeling scheme for beef products. The NCBA is the oldest and largest national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 25,000 direct members and more than 250,000 producers represented through its 46 state affiliate associations. This is the second…

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FSSAI makes it compulsory for agri-food industry operators to specify FSSAI license number on receipts, invoice

INDIA- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a latest order to food business operators, requiring them to specify FSSAI license or registration number on cash receipts or purchase invoice with effect from October 1 this year. The FSSAI mentioned that the move will succor consumers who can lodge online complaints against a particular business using…

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EFSA assesses sources, mitigation measures against antimicrobial resistance, begins to consider findings on glyphosate analysis

EUROPE-The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the role of food-producing environments in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the European Union (EU) plant-based food production, terrestrial animals (poultry, cattle and pigs) and aquaculture. Among the various sources and transmission routes identified, fertilizers of fecal origin, irrigation and surface water for plant-based food and water for…

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New stringent food safety standards system on import goods in UAE to be launched over next two months

UAE – The corona pandemic has focalized the world’s attention on food supplies specifically in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which imports about 90 per cent of all its food. In the previous year the pandemic coerced the UAE to assess its food supply chain after the country experienced some initial disruption. The Minister of State for Food Security, Mariam…

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IFC partners with Kenyan retailer Naivas to implement International food safety standards

KENYA – In light of the Red alert expose done by a local media company in Kenya in July 2019, more stringent measures on food safety have been employed by various supermarkets. The expose brought to the limelight how some Kenyan supermarkets apply harmful chemicals to keep the red meat color giving it a fresh look. To this end, according…

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WHO launches new handbook to help countries enhance effectiveness of their food safety systems

SWITZERLAND – As the world celebrates the World Food Safety Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new handbook to help countries address food safety challenges in their respective jurisdictions. According to a statement from the WHO, the new handbook will provide a guideline on how countries can measure their foodborne disease burden. Additionally, the handbooks provide countries with…

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Upfield Kenya joins band of manufacturers driving food safety agenda by obtaining FSSC 22000 Certification

KENYA – Upfield, the global leader in plant-based nutrition has marked the World Food Safety Day in style, as its Kenyan operations obtained the coveted Food Management System Standard certification, FSSC 22000. The maker of the blue band brand has received the certification indicating that it has implemented the most robust food safety management system while manufacturing and handling the…

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