Tanzania green-lights EAC Sanitary & Phytosanitary Protocol

TANZANIA – The Tanzanian parliament has given a nod to the East African Sanitary and Phytosanitary Protocol (SPS) 2013, a move that will improve access to a wider selection of safe food and create regulations for dealing with aflatoxins, which pose a risk to human and animal health. The EAC SPS protocol was developed in accordance with Article 151 of the EAC Treaty, which obliges the partner states to harmonize sanitary and phytosanitary measures for pest and disease control. Tanzania has stalled ratification of the protocol by eight years. Agriculture…

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Tanzania builds on AfCFTA membership, ratifies trade deal

TANZANIA – Tanzania has joined the list of 37 countries which have ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA) that seeks to boost intra-African Trade. Minister of Industry and Trade, Kitila Mkumbo, made the announcement via Twitter, noting the country has joined a market of 1.2 billion customers. AfCTA was first opened for signing in April 2018 but came into application in 2019 after the requisite minimum of 21 of the 55 member states ratified it. Tanzania had not formally joined although former President John Magufuli signed on…

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TBS equips cassava farmers with skills on plant’s toxin handling

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has equipped cassava farmers in Kilindi District, Tanga Region with skills on how to process and remove toxins on cassava for the safety of consumers. Officials from TBS offered training to farmers and consumers of cassava who produce cassava in large quantities in Kilindi District on the safety and quality of cassava products. The TBS Quality Control Officer, Ashura Kilewela, said among other things cassava farmers and consumers were sensitized on the presence of natural toxins in cassava and how they can…

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Kenya, Tanzania settle on deadline for trade barriers removal

KENYA/TANZANIA – Kenya and Tanzania have set December as the target time when the two neighboring countries will have resolved most of the non-tariff barriers affecting cross-border trade. The decision came out of a meeting of the Joint Commission on Cooperation (JCC), a bilateral organ comprising officials from the two countries created to resolve issues affecting areas of cooperation. The meeting is co-chaired by Foreign Affairs ministers Raychelle Omamo of Kenya and Tanzania’s Liberata Mulamula, while the trade committee is led by Trade ministers Betty Maina of Kenya and Tanzania’s…

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Tanzania meat processing centers assessed prior to exporting meat to Saudi Arabia

TANZANIA – The Saudi Arabian delegation led by the country’s Food and Drug Authority inspector, Ahmed Alhajouj, has inspected areas involved in the processing of livestock products including abattoirs, laboratories and had discussions with the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) in order for Tanzania to start exporting meat products to the country. Apart from the inspection, the mission also made recommendations for improvement so that the meat to be shipped meets the required criteria and standards. Receiving the delegation, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, Professor…

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Tanzania Dairy Board confiscates smuggled milk products

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB), the country’s dairy industry watch dog has withdrawn from the market different counterfeit and unlicensed milk products that have been smuggled into the country from varied countries by some unscrupulous traders. They also seized expired milk products at various retail outlets and supermarkets within the country’s capital, Dodoma. The Registrar of Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB), Dr George Msalya, named some of the illegally imported milk in question as Nura, KCC, Brookside, Aptamil, NIDO Forti Croissance, Cow & Gate, and sma PRO, among others.…

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Agri-Tech firm CropIn partners with Tanzanian food processor Unyiha Associates to improve produce quality

TANZANIA – CropIn, a leading SaaS (software as a service) solutions provider to agri-businesses has announced its partnership with food processing company Unyiha Associates for digital transformation of the agricultural ecosystem in Tanzania and the east African region. Through the partnership, CropIn will offer a comprehensive solution aiming at the complete digitization of the Tanzanian agriculture ecosystem value chain to ensure transparency and financial self-sufficiency in the ecosystem. The firm will further help Tanzania-headquartered Unyiha Associates in its beliefs to positively enrich the livelihoods of people and communities by delivering…

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MIHB Tanzania receives International Halal affiliation certificate paving way for meat export market

TANZANIA – MICO International Halal Bureau of Certification (MIHB), a limited liability entity in Tanzania founded to ensure processed food meets internationally acceptable halal (Islamic sharia compliance), has obtained international recognition by receiving a Halal affiliation certificate, from Hafsa Halal Certification & food Import and Export Limited of Turkey. Halal certification is a process which ensures the features and quality of the products are according to the rules established by the Islamic Council that allow the use of the mark Halal. It is mainly applied to meat products and other…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards exhorts entrepreneurs to effectively use trade fair

TANZANIA – Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has encouraged entrepreneurs to make efficient use of the 45th Dar es Salaam International Trade fair (DIFT) as it will educate them on various services, quality assurance and goods certification and registration of food business premises. The bureau will provide various services to entrepreneurs during the two weeks exhibitions organized by Tanzania Trade Development Authority (Tan Trade) taking place at the Mwalimu Julius Nyerere grounds along Kilwa road. “During the trade fair, TBS will offer registration of business premises to be followed by…

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New dawn for Tanzanian importers as Kenya scrapes off inspection fee

EAST AFRICA – Kenya has scraped inspection fees for Tanzanian importers of processed foods approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) following a bilateral meeting between Kenya and Tanzania held in Arusha to do away with trade barriers. Kenya and Tanzania resolved to harmonize domestic taxes, levies and fees that are charged on each other’s products, and gave a nod to the implementation of a Single Customs Territory (SCT) to enhance the clearance of goods at their borders. Tanzania is a significant trading partner of Kenya and is the…

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