Food Safety News

Copy Of – Africa faces ‘unprecedented threat’ from locust outbreak 20x larger than one earlier this year which was the biggest in seven decades

April 14, 2020

Billions of young desert locusts are coming from breeding grounds in East Africa. Farmers fear the insects will bring ‘total destruction’ to crops and farmland a situation made worse by the virus outbreak.

Swarms of locusts forced Somalia to declare a national emergency. Skin-crawling photos show how menacing their plagues can be

February 18, 2020

Billions of desert locusts in East Africa are swarming at “unprecedented numbers” and pose a huge threat to the region’s food insecurity, the UN warns…

USDA Finds Washing Raw Poultry Leads to Higher Cross Contamination Issues

August 20, 2019

The debate on whether or not to wash raw poultry is a fierce one, but until recently it was not a debate backed by science. A recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) further demonstrates that individuals are putting themselves at risk of illness when they wash or rinse raw poultry.

Study documents that irrigating crops with wastewater can spread disease

October 19, 2018

Urban farmers growing vegetables in Africa could accidentally be helping to spread disease by irrigating crops with wastewater, according to researchers.

Africa sets sights on tackling foodborne disease burden

October 04, 2018

An index to help tackle the burden of foodborne diseases in Africa launched this week.

Experts say consumers must demand improved food safety in Africa

September 21, 2018

BRUSSELS – Consumer expectations and demands have a role to play in improving food safety in Africa.

AfDB debuts platform to build Africa’s food and cuisine value chain

September 23, 2017

The African Development Bank (AfDB) has partnered with a number of organisations with a goal to boost the contribution of the food and culinary sector in Africa, thereby creating jobs and improving the economies across the continent.

SA drought declared national disaster, Day Zero pushed back

February 13, 2018

JOHANNESBURG – South Africa on Tuesday declared a “national disaster” over the drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatens to leave the City of Cape Town without running tap water.

Wishing for Water: The Crisis in South Africa’s Forgotten Areas

September 12, 2017

This is the story about an NGO helping a few, yet in many ways it’s the story of South Africans living in dire conditions unknown to many city dwellers and arguably even government.

Kenya: New KEBS kit to detect cancer-causing residues

June 21, 2017

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has acquired new equipment, which can detect a wide range of disease-causing residues in food, including some linked to cancer.

Invest in food processing to grow economy

April 01, 2017

Investors have been urged to tap into Zambia’s food processing, which has potential to accelerate the agriculture value chain to grow its economy through diversification and value addition.

Olam Ghana’s Biscuit Factory gets first FSSC Certification in West Africa

February 03, 2017

Olam Ghana’s Nutrifoods Biscuit factory became the first biscuit manufacturing facility in West Africa to earn international recognition for compliance in food safety standards after it was awarded Food Safety System Certification Scheme (FSSC) certification along with the company’s tomato paste plant in Tema.

FSA Publishes Review of Antimicrobial Resistance Evidence

January 31, 2017

The FSA has today published a systematic review of the available evidence on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in food. The review looked at research on the presence of AMR in bacteria in a number of different foods sold at retail.

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