Experts underscore need for collaborations to improve food safety, intra-African trade

AFRICA – The 2021 Shaping a World of Trust virtual business conversation, hosted by Bureau Veritas Africa, has emphasized the need for collaboration between government, companies and customers if Africa is to meet sustainability goals, ensure food safety,  and improve intra-African trade. The Executive Food Safety Initiative (FSI) at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Matlou Stati, highlighted that collaboration across a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders, including those representing consumers, was a key element of the functioning of the FSI. The FSI collaborates closely…

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Agape Innovations Ltd launches app to compliment ICIPE’s Push-Pull farming technology

AFRICA – Agape Innovations Ltd, a creative company solving agricultural problems using innovative agro-inputs, in collaboration with a  team of scientists from the University of Leeds, Keele University and International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) has developed a mobile app christened, Push-Pull app, to enable African farmers to adopt environmentally friendly ways of protecting their crops from pests, thus producing safer and higher quality products. African smallholder farmers face major challenges from weeds such as striga and insect pests such as fall armyworm. Fall armyworm is a serious…

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Sector specialists confer on Inculcation of Food Safety Culture in Africa’s Food businesses

AFRICA – It is progressively being recognized that the most significant challenge for food businesses is to introduce a positive culture of food safety into their operations and create a behavior-based Food Safety Management System. As the concept becomes clearer, so is the urgency to incorporate it in every food and beverage company. Experts at the virtual Food Safety & Quality Summit expounded on the Food Safety Culture concept in an intriguing discussion.The panel was made up of Carol Keror, Country SHEQ Manager, CCBA Kenya; Walter Bruce Opiyo, Quality Control…

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Industry enthusiasts converse on Regulating Quality & Food Safety in Africa to boost Regional Trade

AFRICA – Africa has a big domestic market that possesses significant opportunities. Currently, Africa accounts for 2.9 per cent of the world production and 2.6 per cent of the world trade according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) statistics. Connoisseurs from various African countries converged at the virtual Africa Food Safety & Quality summit to deliberate on how to boost food safety and quality and enhance InterAfrican Trade through regulatory measures. The panel comprised of, Kema Benedicta Ashibuogwu (PMJF, NLCF), Head, QMS ,Food Safety and Applied Nutrition…

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Professionals discuss on Food Safety Management in the Retail, HORECA & Institutional sectors

AFRICA – Food safety has become a very key discussion, pushed further by the emergence of Covid-19. It has seen retailers shift their approaches to controlling food safety hazards within their business premises in order to ensure the safety of their food. The sector professionals converged to have a dialogue on the same in a platform provided by the Food Safety & Quality Summit. The collocutors were Collins Kamol, EHS Manager, Quickmart Supermarkets; Wambui Mbarire, CEO, Retail Trade Association of Kenya; Veronica Idowu Alaba, Director, Vellamet Integrated Services; and Doreen…

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Codex Trust Fund, CCAFRICA train on use of FAO/WHO Diagnostic Tool

AFRICA – The Codex Trust Fund (CTF) Secretariat in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Coordinating Committee for Africa (CCAFRICA) and the FAO and WHO Regional Offices for Africa conducted a virtual training with a focus on the use of the FAO/WHO Diagnostic Tool for assessing status of National Codex Programmes. CCAFRICA was established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission in 1972 with a mandate to exercise general coordination in the preparation of standards relating to the region of Africa. The tool is key to determining…

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Developing countries urged to uphold food safety measures adopted during pandemic period

AFRICA – The world cannot over emphasis on the importance of ensuring the adoption of food safety practices and technologies in the entire agriculture and food value chain. This year, the globe has turned its focus on ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, as the theme of the World Food Safety Day 2021, stressing that production and consumption of safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy. However, according to a flagship dialogue hosted by EatSafe, developing countries have not yet made gainful…

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