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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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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KEBS bids farewell to manual certification application processes

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has now fully implemented its earlier announced CB Automated System, automating its management system certification process. This is anticipated to improve the efficiency, efficacy, and productivity of the certification process when combined with remote audits (which are accessible to you on demand) and, eventually, improve service delivery for certified clients. The system…

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High pesticide residue levels compromise Kenya’s right to safe food, lobby groups voice

KENYA – Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, a German non-governmental organization (NGO), is calling for a ban on the importation of toxic pesticides outlawed in other countries yet still finding their way to Kenya. According to the organization, which operates in more than 30 countries, figures show that one or more active chemicals in 76 percent of the total volume of pesticides used in…

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CABI enlightens Kenyan farmers on new standard KS 1758

KENYA – The Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) has provided training to assist Kenya in meeting the KS1758 food safety standard for its fruits, vegetables, and flowers through the PlantwisePlus program and in collaboration with the Fresh Produce Consortium of Kenya (FPC Kenya). PlantwisePlus is a global programme, led by CABI, to increase incomes and grow safer and…

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Meat Training Institute recognizes Kenya Meat Commission’s efforts in ensuring meat quality

KENYA –  The Meat Training Institute (MTI) has during the graduation ceremony of 57 KMC employees, lauded the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) for ensuring that the meat sector delivers quality meat to the Kenyan citizenry and the export market. Speaking at the MTI graduation ceremony, MTI Principal, Salome Kairu said the institution’s vision was to train personnel from meat trade…

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National Biosafety Authority pledges to oversee mandatory labeling of GMO products

KENYA – The National Biosafety Authority (NBA), the agency responsible for regulating biotech products in the country, has revealed that Kenyan manufacturers will have to label products that contain more than 1% of genetically modified organism (GMO) content to give consumers a choice on what they want to consume. Eric Korir, Principal Biosafety Officer at NBA said the move is…

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Burton and Bamber partners with CIP to launch East Africa’s first aseptic orange-fleshed sweet potato puree processing unit

KENYA – Burton and Bamber, a Kenyan food processing company specializing in the value addition of fruits and other crops, has cut the ribbon to its newly installed aseptic puree processing unit in Yatta, Machakos. The facility, established in collaboration with the International Potato Center (CIP) alongside its partners, will undertake the production of shelf-stable Orange-fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) puree.…

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Kenyan farmers encouraged to cultivate highly productive biofortified beans

KENYA – The cultivation of in-demand, quickly maturing, disease-resistant, and highly productive zinc and iron-rich bean cultivars is being encouraged among Kenyan farmers. These beans, which were made widely available last year, are popular with both farmers and consumers. Unlike the customary 80-120 days, they mature in just 60 days, yield over three tons per acre compared to earlier varieties’,…

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