South African Bureau of Standards gets new Board after four-year absentia

SOUTH AFRICA – After four years of functioning without a permanent Board or a full-time Chief Executive Officer, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Competition has named eight individuals to the board of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for a five-year term. Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade and Industry, claims that despite having been in operation for…

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Research shows potential of passion fruit peels in fresh produce preservation

SOUTH AFRICA – According to research from the University of Johannesburg, the high levels of antioxidants and polyphenols in passion fruit peels have a substantial potential to preserve fresh fruits and fresh cuts in an edible food coating. A coating like this can lessen plastic packaging and spoilage in supply networks. This work is based on research funded by the…

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South African farmers work on improving raisin quality to satisfy German market

SOUTH AFRICA – To ensure that the highest quality, sustainably produced product reaches German consumers, South African raisins growers are investing in supply chain innovations. This is according to trade group Raisins SA, which has emphasized the value of the German market to the country. Germany is the top destination for South African raisins, as its consumers prefer high-quality fruit…

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Solynta, RegenZ tie up to provide hybrid true potatoes to South African farmers

SOUTH AFRICA – European hybrid potato seed innovator Solynta and South African seed potato manufacturer RegenZ have tied up to provide hybrid true potatoes to the South African farming community. The companies will collaborate in further trials and join forces to facilitate the introduction of Solynta’s ‘climate smart’ and disease-free genetics to the South African farmer.  With limited water resources,…

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FAO introduces French-language online course on Lumpy Skin Disease

SOUTH AFRICA – The European Commission for the control of foot and mouth disease (EuFMD), one of FAO’s oldest Commissions, has launched the first online Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) course in French, targeting countries in southern Africa, while opening up for participation by Francophone countries in Eastern Africa. While majority of the 16 countries in the Food and Agriculture Organization’s…

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SA launches standards for chilled finfish, marine molluscs, crustaceans

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has published a new national standard that will ensure that consumers have access to fresh and quality fish, marine molluscs and crustaceans. South African National Standard (SANS) 3091 specifies the requirements for the handling, preparation, processing, packaging, transportation, storage and quality of chilled finfish, marine molluscs and crustaceans and products…

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South Africa, Nigeria report cases of African Swine Fever

SOUTH AFRICA/NIGERIA – Over the past two months, new outbreaks of African Swine Fever (ASF) have been recorded in seven provinces of South Africa and some Southern States of Lagos and Abia in Nigeria. Additional 13 ASF occurrences have been formally reported by South Africa’s veterinary agency to the World Organization for Animal Health since the end of August (WOAH).…

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South Africa launches National Biosecurity Hub to combat diseases

SOUTH AFRICA – To aid in the prevention and control of agricultural and animal diseases in South Africa, the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has established the National Biosecurity Hub at the University of Pretoria’s (UP’s) Future Africa campus. The hub, which consists of representatives from business, academia, science councils, and the government, will support safe trade in agricultural…

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South Africa pauses export of Valencia oranges to EU to curb Citrus Black Spot risk

SOUTH AFRICA –  In response to the recent Citrus Black Spot (CBS) notices of non-compliance (NONCs) on SA citrus, the Citrus Growers Association of South Africa (CGA) and the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum Boards are set to voluntarily halt exporting Valencia oranges from South Africa’s impacted regions to the EU. At the end of the EU export season, Valencia oranges…

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India green-lights in-transit cold treatment for South African apples, pears

SOUTH AFRICA – After a battle of the oranges in the European market, South African apples and pears have stepped in to save the day, thanks to India which has approved the fruits’ in-transit cold treatment for exports to India. The move will allow the fruits to arrive at the destination country in better quality, allowing shippers to increase the…

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