FAO heads to Rwanda to help strengthen its national food control system

RWANDA – Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)has launched a new project to improve food security by reducing crop losses brought about by pests. With funding from the European Union totaling €5 million (U.S$ 5.3 million), the project focusing on agriculture value chains will be…

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Rwanda moves to improve meat safety, bans sale of unrefrigerated meat

RWANDA – Rwanda has banned the sale of meat that has not been refrigerated for at least 24 hours before sale in order to combat the transmission of zoonotic and transmissible diseases, in accordance with an earlier legislation issued in May 2022 to regulate meat enterprises. The Rwanda Inspectorate, Competition and Consumer Protection Authority (RICA), the nation’s basic consumer rights…

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Swine erysipelas kills over 200 pigs in Rwanda

RWANDA – The Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Board (RAB) has issued a warning to Musanze locals against eating pork following the discovery of the “swine erysipelas” disease in Muko Sector. The infectious disease known as Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, which causes swine erysipelas, is frequently characterized by fever, skin lesions on pigs, and abrupt death. It is one of the oldest known…

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Rwanda trains security, health officers on food safety standards

RWANDA – Experts from the Health Protection Department of the Italian Carabinieri have trained thirty people from different public institutions on food quality inspection at the Rwanda National Police (RNP) General Headquarters in Kacyiru. The five-day course brought together participants from Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (RFDA), and the Ministry of Health.…

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Rwanda invests US$ 1,372,575 for modernization of pig abattoirs

RWANDA – The government of Rwanda has injected Rwf1.4 billion (US$ 1,372,575.40) into the construction of at least 10 pig slaughter houses across the country to ensure safety of pork consumers. Solange Uwituze, the Deputy Director General in charge of Animal Resources Research and Technology Transfer at Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), said that the slaughter houses…

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Rwandan authorities seize counterfeit products in country

RWANDA – Rwandan authorities have seized counterfeit, substandard and expired products worth over USD 39,131.47 from shops in different parts of the country. The two-day operation code named OPSON XI, was conducted by the Rwanda National Police (RNP), Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (RFDA), Rwanda Inspection and Customer Protection Authority (RICA), Rwanda Association of Manufacturers (RAM),…

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Rwanda, DR Congo bank on standardization agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers

RWANDA/CONGO – Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) are banking on their standardization and conformity assessment agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers and increase trade. Officials from Rwanda Standard Board (RSB) and DR Congo’s L’office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC) met in Kigali to review the progress on the implementation and discuss ways to further facilitate trade in both…

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Rwanda flags off first commercial insect-based animal feed plant

RWANDA – Rwanda has flagged off its first commercial plant for insect-based animal feed, along with the new standards that will regulate and facilitate the growth of the sector. Dr Solange Uwituze, the Deputy Director General of Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB), on behalf of the Board’s Minister, solemnized the event which took place at the new…

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Rwanda FDA conducts awareness workshop for food sector stakeholders

RWANDA – The Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (Rwanda FDA) has embarked on a campaign to increase knowledge on its role, functions, regulations and guidelines related to required food safety standards among its stakeholders. Over the past three years, Rwanda FDA has registered success stories in ensuring food safety. Nevertheless, there is still need to increase awareness about its services,…

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Rwanda Standards Board launches online platform to automate its services

RWANDA – The Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) has launched a Single Window Information for Trade (SWIFT), a US$ 125,000 project financed by USAID Rwanda through TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), effectively automating all its services. The automation is expected to drastically reduce the time and cost of seeking various services from the board by the business community and other clients due…

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