Pioneer Foods detects Salmonella in its Safari brands products, recalls products

SOUTH AFRICA – South African based Pioneer Foods has initiated the recall of a specific batch of Raw Cashew nuts, Peanuts & Raisins sold under its Safari brand in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia due to Salmonella contamination. According to a company statement, routine testing at the Safari production site in KwaZulu-Natal, identified a batch of the product which tested positive for low levels of Salmonella typhimurium. The company revealed that based on safety protocols, production was immediately halted, the product placed on hold and ringfenced. The production site was…

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Golden Macadamia invests in TOMRA’s 5C upgraded nut sorter to enhance product quality

SOUTH AFRICA – Golden Macadamias, largest processor of Macadamia nuts in the world has joined hands with TOMRA to help it attain the highest product quality and large production volumes by leveraging TOMRA’s 5C sorting machine with Biometric Signature Identification technology (BSI+).  Golden Macadamias controls every aspect of production and insists on world-class standards from all of its shareholder farmers. Due to the results shown by the Nimbus BSI+, which detects both color and chemical composition in the same pass, the business decided to continue developing its partnership with TOMRA…

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EFSA recognizes need for South African citrus imports to undergo cold treatment

SOUTH AFRICA – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recognized the need for South African citrus exports to the community market to undergo cold treatment to rid them of pests, consistent with the transcript of the meetings held by the Standing Committee on Vegetables, Animals, Food, and Feed (Plant Health sections). In their presentation during the meeting, the EFSA experts stressed that the most effective measure is the cold treatment. In view of this, the European Commission has initiated a process to review the conditions under which South African…

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South Africa’s Pioneer Foods recalls LiquiFruit, Ceres apple juice brands due to mould contamination

SOUTH AFRICA – Pioneer Foods, one of the largest food and beverage manufacturer in South Africa (SA), has announced a recall of several LiquiFruit brands owing to elevated levels of mould toxins, and Ceres apple juice products sold outside the homeland country. This comes barely a week after Appletiser, South African manufacturer of sparkling apple juice  announced a recall of six batches of its product over the same concern. “The health and wellbeing of our consumers is of absolute importance to us, and hence when we identified the potential of…

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South Africa’s food inspectors hunt down misleading food labelling culprits

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s  Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (agriculture department) has directed food inspectors and those of designated assignees to follow up on misleading or incorrect food labelling in terms of the Agricultural Product Standards Act (APS Act) of 1990. The notice overturns a previous instruction, that had inspectors ignore such labelling, emanating from a 2020 meeting between the Directorate of Food Safety and Quality Assurance of the department and the head of the trademarks division at the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC).…

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South African scientists call for increased GMO adoption in continent

SOUTH AFRICA – South African scientists are urging governments across the continent to take concrete actions to enhance the acceptability and adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMO) — a move they say could unlock the region’s vast food potential. The scientists issued their call based on research they conducted in Africa and published in the journal Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews. They determined that Africa stands to benefit a great deal from biotechnological innovations, such as growing GMO crops. These include increased yields, better resistance to pests and diseases, enhanced…

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SANAS efficaciously maneuvers Joint AFRAC/SADCA Re-evaluation

South Africa – South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), has successfully undergone its joint African Accreditation Cooperation/SADC Cooperation in Accreditation (SADCA) (AFRAC/ SADCA) re-evaluation, which was held remotely. SANAS is recognized by the South African Government in Act 19 of 2006 as the single National Accreditation Body that gives formal recognition that Laboratories, Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Proficiency Testing Scheme Providers and Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) test facilities are competent to carry out specific tasks. AFRAC is a cooperation of accreditation bodies whose objective is to provide internationally recognized and…

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Tiger brands recalls canned products over faulty cans

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food manufacturer, has announced the urgent recall of about 20 million KOO, its rainbow brand, and Hugo’s canned vegetable products manufactured between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021 over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans.  The company’s Groceries division first discovered the defective products in May 2021, prior to the final labelling of the finished product, linking them to a deficient side seam weld that could cause the cans to leak. They were traced back to three different batches of…

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