MORE SOLUTIONS IN WATER POTABILITY

Water treatment now has an enhanced face. Many solutions and interventions are today being marketed particularly in developing countries known to have some economic and awareness challenges . In Nigeria , companies in Europe have flooded the market with products each claiming effectiveness in water purity and potability

Rhizucor Nig Ltd welcomes manufacturers with integrity only to offer their products on its platform. Apart from this, such products can be distributed by our organization in Nigeria or packaged in a way that guarantees win-win scheme

You are welcome

Nov 2020

FOOD ODOR AND SAFETY

Food odor is rampant anywhere food is being prepared or served. The odor may be a reflection of a few condiments added to it or a combined effect of all the ingredients, on being heated. At times, such aroma may put off prospective consumers thus attracting loss of interest.. Happily, some manufacturers have devised interventions that can nullify the odor impact by chemical or biological means. Effectiveness of each product is however, determined by the end user .Spoiled food is repugnant to the sense of smell
Although big hotels, poultry and markets recognise the need to deodorize the air environment, many individual faced with economic challenge, are still left out of the loop. The result is a continuous occupation of public spaces by undesirable odors sometimes form food sources, at other times from decaying organic and non- food sources.
Anything that compromises the hygienic quality of air may jeopardize human and animal health. The is pocket-friendly, effective bio solution that leaves no trace after the period of odor capture.
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E –NOSE, E TONGUE AS INTERVENTIONS TO ENHANCE FOOD SAFETY

With the need to increase the speed and reliability of detecting food fraud , some laboratories have developed e nose and e tongue and other devices that can capture the status of food on site. The era of laborious laboratory based analyses may be on its way out as research is now intensified on miniaturized, portable, hand held devices with the sensitivity expected. Ellis and co researchers, in 2015, in a paper tagged “Point and Shoot…” delved much on this and similar issues on analyses in the Agri Food sector. The Safe Food and Feed Foundation has always proposed and supported all effort to make food testing easier for direct consumers. This will further enhance the quality of human health and international trade. Now that many stakeholders are thinking along this line, achieving a global food safety, through a rapid detection and quantification technique, may be just near the next bend .
For more , please access
David I. Ellis, Howbeer Muhamadali , Simon A. Haughey , Christopher T. Elliott b and Royston Goodacre 2015. Point-and-shoot: rapid quantitative detection methods for on-site food fraud analysis – moving out of the laboratory and into the food supply chain DOI: 10.1039/C5AY02048D (Critical Review) Anal. Methods, 2015, 7, 9401-9414

THE PROFILE OF FERTILIZERS IN WEST AFRICA

For 4 weeks now, WAFA, IFDC and AfricaFertilizer.org<http://africafertilizer.org/> have been providing weekly updates on the fertilizer situation in West Africa during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with ECOWAS, UMEOA, CILSS, CORAF, and USAID.

The situation is still satisfactory logistically and financially for a timely delivery of fertilizers to producers, helped by the easing of restrictions and containment measures in several countries. Our last issue focused on price reports across the region. This week, our map shows fertilizer use in the 17 countries of West Africa on both food and cash crops.

Read our West Africa Fertilizer Watch – Weekly Analysis #4 (EN)<https://ifdc.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/West-Africa-Fertilizer-Watch_No-4-summary_May-1-EN.pdf> and download the past editions and full set of documents at https://ifdc.org/2020/04/10/west-africa-fertilizer-watch/

Current Highlights
Published Friday, May 1, 2020. These highlights will be updated every Friday.
·         The supply chain is working, and stocks are being built up, while some countries are taking measures to open up. This is true in Ghana and Nigeria, where the economic impacts of the pandemic may be more severe than the direct health impacts.
·         Government responses are being fine-tuned, with response plans and support programm for inputs (Togo, Nigeria, Senegal) being put in place, or for agricultural commodity chains (Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Chad).
·         Subsidies, first of all for food crops? While food crops only consume a little more than half (54%) of the fertilizers consumed in West Africa and receive barely 20% of the recommended inputs, governments should encourage local food production and maintain the production level and purchasing power of cash crop farmers. Implementation options should be based on ECOWAS regulations and the future Fertilizer Subsidy Directive, as well as existing national subsidy programs (see the map published in Issue 2 and RODEVA’s viewpoint).
·         Responses from the seed sector are being prepared with support from CORAF, which notes that enough certified seed for rice is available for the next growing season, while all other crops have a shortfall in the quantity of seed required.

_ Source=Patrice Annequin    PAEPARD

CELEBRATE WORLDMILKDAY! June 1, 2020

World Milk Day is a day established by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food.

 

It has been observed on June 1 each year since 2001.

World Milk Day campaigns can take the shape of any activity organized by anyone in the world. The basic criteria is that it celebrate the contributions of the dairy sector to nutrition, animal care, sustainability, and livelihoods.

 

In light of the global pandemic of COVID-19, we encourage organizers to host social media campaigns or online events to abide by the policies put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO) and your local government. Our thoughts go to all the people who are affected by this virus. The day is intended to provide an opportunity to bring attention to activities that are connected with the dairy sector. We want World Milk Day to be known around the world and for people to see the creativity of World Milk Day organizers by having access to live and recorded images of all the campaigns taking place around the world.

 

To help create a positive stream of conversation in advance of the celebration, this year Global Dairy Platform coordinated the Enjoy Dairy Rally from May 29-31, culminating in World Milk Day on June 1.

 

Through social and traditional media as well as hundreds of events, the benefits of milk and dairy products were actively promoted, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people around the world. Overall, impressions were down from 1.1 billion last year, which was expected due to World Milk Day being on a Saturday this year. However, by introducing the Enjoy Dairy Rally and extending the length of activity, that shortfall was reduced. What’s more, the Enjoy Dairy Rally made the effort look and feel more like a campaign, which may be something to consider for the future.

 

World Milk Day will build in particular on social media to make sure that all campaigns are shared widely and sometimes live or with little delay.

 

#EnjoyDairy: A worldwide rally is taking place 29-31 May leading up to #WorldMilkDay.

 

Event Details and Resources: https://worldmilkday.org/registration/edit-event/227592-new-campaign

 

Source_ FARAAFRICA

Food Fraud

Food fraud-Food Fraud – is an illegal and intentional  deception  imposed on food for economic advantage

This emerging  food industry threat can express as  counterfeiting, simulation, theft , adulteration , tampering and unauthorized production,  all of which are deliberate

Delay in shipment through the ports, lack of facility for on-site detection of contaminants, expensive route of commodity analyses are a few challenges that open the window of short cuts to exporters

A way out is to carry out product authentication and integrity testing, monitoring and ensurance of compliance to standard through a rejig of the extension departments, and criminal prosecution  for offending corporate leaders. All these  will reduce fraud opportunity

In spite of the launching in 2016 of the’ Zero reject’ initiative through the validation of strategy for a single management control system.  The then Minister Chief Audu Ogbeh agreed that Nigeria has  not paid serious attention to  the issue of non compliance with food safety standard. This was at the peak of the ban on exported dried beans to the EU due to pesticide levels above the acceptable limit. On this particular issue, a meeting of the stakeholders was held in 2019 to review the ban.Till date, no concrete statement lifting the ban has come from relevant offices, and the 2019 date is silently shifting to 2020 and perhaps beyond.

Such a situation encourages  self help   and  food fraud !!!

 

Dele Fapohunda

Food safety activist

15 March 2020

HAND -HELD MULTI PARAMETER TOOLS FOR FOOD CONTAMINANTS

Are you a manufacturer or distributor of hand held multi parameter analytical equipment in the food or water industry ?

Do you want an outpost in Nigeria ?

Do you seek productive partnership with entrepreneurs with some expertise in these areas ?

Are you sure your products can compete robustly with those already in the market ?

For these and other relationships  please contact

rhizucor@gmail.com

@rhizucor

www.rhizucor.com

April 2020

INVITING ALL ODOR CONTROL STAKEHOLDERS

Are you a  manufacturer of odor management materials ?

Do you intend to have an outpost in Africa ?

Are your products competitive with others already in the market, both in price and standard ?

Do you intend establishment of the plant in Nigeria in the future ?

Please contact us at ===

Rhizucor Nig Ltd

rhizucor@gmail.com

@rhizucor

www.rhizucor.com

 

 

 

Good luck

PESTICIDES, DISEASE AND DEATH IN GLOBAL SOUTH

*European pesticide giants are making huge profits at the cost of human
rights. About 200,000 people die every year due to poisoning from
pesticides. The major part of these deaths occur in the Global South. This
has to stop now!*

Dr. Thilo Bode Director of foodwatch International

https://www.foodwatch.org/en/news/2020/petition-started-stop-the-poison-boomerang/

Full report (17 pages)
https://www.foodwatch.org/fileadmin/-INT/transparency_and_food_safety/documents/Foodwatch_report-April_2020-Stop_the_poison_boomerang.pdf

*Related PAEPARD blogpost:*
The Food Challenge: toxic pesticides in Kenya
<https://paepard.blogspot.com/2020/02/the-food-challenge-toxic-pesticides-in.html>
Concerns have been raised
<https://routetofood.org/withdraw-harmful-agrochemicals-from-the-market/> about
the safety of food in Kenya. In particular, the increased prevalence of
harmful chemical pesticides.

 

 

Dele Fapohunda

21 April, 2020

Source  ==PAEPARD

AFRICA FOOD PRIZE–NOMINATIONS STILL ON

Nominations for the current edition of Africa Food prize is still on . Interested participants can visit

www.africafoodprize.org