Experts underscore need for collaborations to improve food safety, intra-African trade

AFRICA – The 2021 Shaping a World of Trust virtual business conversation, hosted by Bureau Veritas Africa, has emphasized the need for collaboration between government, companies and customers if Africa is to meet sustainability goals, ensure food safety,  and improve intra-African trade. The Executive Food Safety Initiative (FSI) at the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), Matlou Stati, highlighted that collaboration across a wide range of public and private sector stakeholders, including those representing consumers, was a key element of the functioning of the FSI. The FSI collaborates closely…

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National Farmers Union urges UK government to back British products

U.K – The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has called on the government to introduce more precise labeling on country of origin and “Buy British” filters for online grocery shopping so as to support the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) farming industry. This is in a report where it urges the government to complete a comprehensive report on UK food security later this year – the first for more than a decade. The union also sets out how it believes the UK can reduce its reliance on imported food by harnessing the opportunities…

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Nigeria risks surge in substandard products as AfCFTA implementation commences

NIGERIA – Nigeria may be at risk of becoming a hub for substandard products especially with the commencement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), which has opened more doors for goods within Africa to come into the country. For years, one of the major regulators of standards in the country, the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) has been ejected from Nigerian seaports. The Federal government in 2012 banned SON from carrying out the inspection of products that come into the country at the ports, giving reasons that the…

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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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Kenya, Pakistan scrap trade barriers, set to sign MoU on products standards

KENYA/PAKISTAN – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Pakistan Standard Quality and Control Authority (PSQCA) are set to soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on matters of standards for products. This comes after the two countries, Kenya and Pakistan, announced the removal of the ‘Attestation Fee’ that was previously being charged by the Pakistan High Commission in Nairobi, culminating a long-standing tariff war that hurt trade between the two countries. Pakistan slapped the fee on Kenyan tea when it initiated taxation of Pakistan rice at 75 per cent…

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Win for U.K farmers as Mexico opens doors for British pork import

U.K – British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market which boasts high demand for quality pork meat, as Mexico has now officially opened its doors to British pork for the first time This development follows over four years of negotiations and inspections. The Mexican National Department for Health, Safety and Agricultural and Food Quality (SENASICA) inspected numerous premises throughout the UK during a visit which occurred in February 2020, which led to a decision to approve four processing facilities and four…

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FDA institutes two new facilities to reinforce its regulatory function

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana, has established the Centre for Laboratory Services and Research and the Centre for Import and Export Control as part of reinforcing its regulatory function to deliver improved services to support a strong implementation of the African Continental Free Trade (AfCFTA) regime. The two new facilities are also expected to monitor and control imports of unregistered products into the country. According to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Delese Mimi Darko, the centres have been accredited and certified by the International Organization for…

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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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NAFDAC sounds alarm over rejection of export goods by EU, US

NIGERIA – The Director-General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Prof Moji Adeyeye has run down the constant rejection of food and agricultural commodities from Nigeria by the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) member countries over what she described as poor quality. In a press statement on Quality and Safety of Export Food Trade, she noted that the international market is competitive in nature and only welcomes products of high quality with relevant certifications and quality packaging that is…

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