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South Africa’s metrology institute reports successful food safety conference

By: Rebecca Campbell     14th June 2018 The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) announced earlier this week that it had held its first Africa Food Safety Workshop during the first week of this month, in Pretoria. The event was attended by delegates form South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world. They represented... 

Food safety and insurance

4th June 2018  The recent listeriosis outbreak and role players’ response have drawn attention to the importance of food safety in South Africa and the regulatory regime that governs it. It is reported that the estimated loss to the economy from the banned exported products alone due to product recall accounts... 

Rosatom, Zambia to build nuclear science centre

By: Anine Kilian     16th May 2018 Russia’s Rosatom and Zambia have signed an agreement for the construction of the Centre for Nuclear Science and Technology (CNST) in the Southern African country. Construction of the centre will be the first joint project between Russia and Zambia in the field of nuclear technologies.  

Pests, diseases a burden on agriculture – ARC

By: Anine Kilian     25th April 2018 Despite an influx of agricultural imports and an increase in pests and diseases coming into the country over the past 20 years, South Africa has not invested adequately in pest and disease control strategies, says Agricultural Research Council (ARC) president Shadrack Moephuli. “We have not been... 

Afrox thought leadership series: Liquid nitrogen and cold chain

23rd April 2018 Afrox application specialist for the food and beverage markets, Hendrik Pretorius, looks at nitrogen and its use in modern food chilling and freezing applications. Food safety: nitrogen, an ideal clean gas 

Afrox Thought Leadership: Food and Bev: MAP

11th April 2018 Today’s consumer is more aware and discerning when it comes to buying fresh foods. Here we highlight safety trends and the advantages of involving a food gas expert when preparing perishables for sale to the modern consumer. Food safety: Winning consumer confidence 

Analytica Lab Africa, food & drink technology Africa and IFAT Africa to co-locate for the first time in 2019

11th April 2018 First trade fair dates: July 9 – 11, 2019 Synergies from the co-location will create added value for exhibitors and visitors South Africa is one of the leading industrial economies on the continent Wide-ranging water delivery and purification, solutions for the food and beverage industries as... 

Sprott-backed blockchain platform to give gold digital edge  

By: Bloomberg     26th March 2018 Cryptocurrencies and the blockchain were thought by some to replace gold as the ultimate haven against financial calamity. Now the gold market is using blockchain to kick back at crypto and bring precious metals into the digital age. TradeWind Markets, a technology provider backed by Sprott,... 

Deadly listeria could herald tighter food safety rules in South Africa

By: Reuters     16th March 2018 A huge and deadly outbreak of listeria in South Africa could alter the country's approach to food-borne disease and prompt improvements in food safety standards, a leading health official said on Friday. The World Health Organization's (WHO's)top specialist on global food safety likened the South... 

RCL Foods says Free State polony plant clear from ST6 listeria strain

By: Marleny Arnoldi     16th March 2018 Independent laboratory tests have found that JSE-listed consumer goods company RCL Foods’ Wolwehoek polony plant, in the Free-State, is clear of the ST6 listeria strain, which Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has identified as being responsible for the country’s major listeriosis outbreak.  

Food manufacturer expands into packaging

By: Melissa Zisengwe     16th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. 

Trojan Foods expands into packaging 

15th March 2018 With over 15 years in the food and beverage industry, food manufacturing company Trojan Foods has expanded into packaging services in response to the increased demand for specialised packaging solutions in the industry. Melissa Zisengwe tells us more. 

IBM open-source food-safety blockchain system launched

By: Schalk Burger     2nd February 2018 Computing multinational IBM in December launched an open-source, blockchain system designed to provide transparency on food safety in China. The Blockchain Food Safety Alliance has as its initial signatories US mass retailer Walmart, Chinese e-commerce firm, as well as IBM and the Tsinghua... 

Multinational initiative stimulating intraregional East African trade

By: Rebecca Campbell     2nd February 2018 The multinational TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) initiative has been bearing fruit and, with its first phase having proved a success, it is now moving into its second phase. TMEA involves Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and is focused on promoting trade between the... 

Dow Packaging homes in on sustainable solutions

By: Anine Kilian     5th October 2017 With continued rapid urbanisation in South Africa putting pressure on the food and beverage industry in terms of food safety, shelf life and adequate supply transportation, packaging manufacturer Dow is focusing on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mitigate these types of... 

New hygiene monitoring device launched in S Africa

By: Victor Moolman     25th August 2017 International company 3M launched a new Clean-Trace hygiene monitoring and management device onto the South African market last month. The device –especially suitable for use in the food and beverage industry – uses adenosine triphosphate (ATP) bioluminescence detection and verifies that... 

Why hygienic design of bearings is key to food safety

12th June 2017 An emphasis on the hygiene element of the design of equipment can play an important role in controlling the safety of food products manufactured. However, applying this too broadly without focussing specifically on the hygienic design of the components part of the system, can potentially risk the... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa 

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Interest in nuclear energy said to be rising across sub-Saharan Africa

By: Keith Campbell     21st April 2017 There is more interest in nuclear energy in sub-Saharan Africa than is generally realised. According to the World Nuclear Association (WNA), countries in the region which are individually planning or considering nuclear power are Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and... 

Agriculture department prefers 'measured approach' to poultry industry crisis

By: African News Agency      23rd March 2017 The department of agriculture preferred a more measured approach to dealing with the crisis in the South African poultry industry as opposed to the “trade war” with the European Union proposed by the Food and Allied Workers Union (Fawu), MPs were told on Wednesday. “As a department our view that... 

Lubrication management – a strategy rather than a practice

5th August 2016 “Lubrication management can make or break asset performance, therefore getting it right will provide a sound foundation for asset reliability,” notes SKF Lubrication solutions and dealer manager, Jan Backer. Citing a food and beverage industry estimation that states ‘15-25% of maintenance budget... 

Plant-based packaging gains popularity

By: Sascha Solomons     1st July 2016 Food processing and packaging solutions provider Tetra Pak produced the world’s first package made entirely from plant materials, the Tetra Rex Bio-based, using a combination of Forest Stewardship Council-certified paperboard and certified bio-plastics materials. The company is expected to... 

Company affirms commitment to sustainability in Africa

By: Dylan Slater     10th June 2016 Executives from chemicals, materials, agrosciences and plastics company Dow reassured African clients that the company’s commitment to servicing the continent will remain and grow sustainably, as flexible plastic packaging can play an important role in spurring economic development and supporting... 

Tetra Pak expects to deliver over 100 million fully renewable packages in 2016

3rd February 2016 Tetra Pak expects to deliver over 100 million Tetra Rex Bio-based packages to customers during 2016. The world’s first package made entirely from plant-based materials has gained popularity among consumers across Finland, Sweden, Norway and the Netherlands, with brands such as Valio, Arla Foods,... 

National Consumer Commission Celebrates 5 years

22nd January 2016 The National Consumer Commission (NCC), which is the chief regulator of consumer-business interaction in South Africa, celebrated its fifth year of operation in 2015, said NCC principal Thezi Mabuza at a food labelling seminar, hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in Pretoria,... 

S African wine exports to China hit 11m litres a year

By: Natalie Greve     13th November 2015 Becoming South Africa’s sixth-largest export market for packaged wines by volume, Chinese imports of South African-produced wines continue to accelerate, hitting 11-million litres in 2014, the Western Cape government (WCG) said on Friday. This comes as the province revealed that global exports of... 

China an attractive export market for South Africa, says analyst

By: Dylan Stewart     4th September 2015 Owing to the significant expansion of China’s middle class, the world’s fastest-growing economy has become an attractive market for South African exporters, says KPMG director Glenn Ho. 

Sustainable farming critical to food security in South Africa 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      21st August 2015 The long-standing health of South Africa’s agricultural sector depends on the sustainability of farming methods, which need to take into account long-term productivity, the impact on the environment, as well as profitability. However, sustainable agriculture in the country would require... 

WTO’s SPS committee hears record number of trade concerns

By: Natasha Odendaal     22nd July 2015 A record number of trade concerns on food safety and animal and plant health have been raised by members at the latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) committee on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures meeting last week. A total of eight new specific trade concerns were raised – the highest in... 

Food safety now a complicated issue

By: Keith Campbell     17th July 2015 Food safety in the modern world has become a decidedly complex affair. Global supply chains are now more the norm than the exception and no longer apply only in rich countries. “Today, global food supply chains could involve as many as 30 to 40 links in the food chain,” reports food quality... 

Ecolab Receives 2015 IFT Food Expo Innovation Award

13th July 2015 Ecolab has received a 2015 Institute of Food Technologists Food Expo Innovation Award for the development of DrySan™ Duo, an innovative EPA-registered technology providing the first no-rinse cleaner and sanitizer for dry- or low-moisture processing environments. Presented to Ecolab by the IFT at... 

Strip Curtains Help To Minimise Dust In Production And Packaging Facilities

9th July 2015 The quality, maximised shelf life and saleability of consumables are dependent on a number of factors, including their freshness. Linked to this is the absence of pollutants and unsafe micro-organisms. Creating favourable environmental conditions with temporary climate control solutions helps... 

Infor M3 Delivers Strategic Enhancements To Customers

10th June 2015 Infor, the industry cloud company, has announced Infor M3 version 13.3, delivering deep industry-specific functionality to cover a wide-range of unique business needs. Infor M3 is a comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution featuring core processes to manage customer service,... 

SA an importer of grain this year, GOSA symposium hears

25th March 2015 The agricultural sector is obliged to promote food safety and security and we should take a stand regarding events that can affect these negatively, for example indiscriminate land reform and the use of arable agricultural land for mining activities. In the meantime the extreme drought conditions... 

Davies takes EU, SA black spot fight to WTO 

By: Natasha Odendaal     16th October 2014 Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies on Thursday took a hardline stance against the European Union’s (EU’s) threat of a ban on South African citrus fruit by tabling the issue with the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The EU had been threatening to refuse entry to citrus fruit exports from... 

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors Announces Full Compliance Of Its Products

2nd October 2014 New food production and processing practices, coupled with emerging food borne pathogens and changing eating habits and demographics have all contributed to an increased awareness of food borne illness. In order to be able to effectively address safety concerns, the food and beverage industry has... 

Opportunities galore for Africa-US food export, agriculture relationships

By: Sashnee Moodley     4th October 2013 There was expansive growth in Africa and coupled with an increasing middle class, the US hoped to sustain a long-term food export and agricultural relationship with the continent for economic success, stated US Department of Agriculture deputy under-secretary Darci Vetter at the first... 

Company Announcement: Student Gold Pack Awards- Nampak proudly sponsors Food Science category

25th October 2012 Nampak, Africa’s largest packaging company, was a proud sponsor of the Food Science category at this year’s Student Gold Pack Awards, which were presented at the Inanda Club in Johannesburg on Thursday, 18 October 2012 

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