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New global standard for safer international trade of seeds and plants adopted

Cargo can sometimes hide stowaways - agricultural pests that once on shore can devastate crops - from gypsy moths to giant African snails to Argentine ants...

18 Apr 2017

Environmental Affairs to probe recycled bag claims

The Department of Environmental Affairs says it will probe reports that some plastic supermarket carrier bags, which claim to be recycled, are allegedly not...

13 Apr 2017

Keeping track of fish from sea to plate to keep illegally caught fish off store shelves

Guidelines on CDS will act as an internationally-recognised "gold standard" for governments and businesses looking to establish systems that can trace fish from their point of capture through the entire supply chain - from sea to plate...

13 Apr 2017

Recognising the value of fresh produce market agents to the industry

In principle, the fresh produce markets, together with the integrated role of market agents, are critical to the South African and southern African industry to enable market access for all producers and buyers...

By Lindie Stroebel and Tommie van Zyl 12 Apr 2017

BevSA wants more time on sugar tax

BevSA is asking for more time for a total dietary study to be done on obesity before the new tax on SSBs is introduced...

4 Apr 2017

Competition body accuses fresh-produce agents of cartel behaviour

The commission said it suspected the larger players of colluding to hold prices low until their smaller competitors ran out of fresh fruit and vegetables to sell, after which they sharply increased prices...

By Robert Laing 23 Mar 2017

Who is profiting from chicken dumping?

A faceless group is lining its pockets with the profits made from tons of European Union (EU) chicken that is dumped in South Africa...

20 Mar 2017

Deceptive food labelling damages consumer trust

The increase in questionable labelling claims to differentiate products has become an issue of concern for academics, regulators and consumers around the world...

By Andre Westerveld 15 Mar 2017

The Sugar Tax: implications for the cane industry, obesity and consumer behaviour

The biggest concern is that the implementation of tax on sugary beverages will have serious implications for the sugarcane industry in the medium to long term as it will cascade down the value chain...

By Hamlet Hlomendlini 8 Mar 2017

Alibaba's Jack Ma blames 'outdated' law for fakes

Alibaba's founder Jack Ma urged stronger penalties for selling counterfeits on Tuesday in an open letter arguing that "outdated and unrealistic" laws and regulations...

8 Mar 2017

Unilever faces fine over cartel conduct

The Competition Commission has charged Unilever SA for cartel conduct, referring a cartel case against the group and Malaysian firm Sime Darby Hudson Knight...

2 Mar 2017

Budget speech announces further consultations on sugar tax, welcomed by industry

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's announced in his Budget speech on 22 February 2017 that there would be further consultations on the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages...

23 Feb 2017

Sugar tax must come with an education programme

The new tax on SSBs can't stand alone in addressing obesity and related lifestyle diseases, and must form part of an integrated education plan...

21 Feb 2017

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International

Alibaba backs decision to add video games to 'Asia Olympics'

BEIJING, China - Online retail giant Alibaba on Thursday batted down criticism over a decision to add e-sports to the lineup of the 2022 Asia Games in China, responding to scepticism about an event it will play a major role in promoting.

3 days ago

Apple touts greater use of recycled metal in gadgets

NEW YORK, US - Apple wants to "one day" end the need to mine materials from the earth to make its gadgets, the technology giant said in its annual environmental responsibility report out Thursday.

3 days ago

Amazon, Flipkart battle in India for e-commerce's 'last frontier'

NEW DELHI, India - With 100 million new internet users every year, Amazon is betting big on India, but a major new investment in homegrown rival Flipkart means the battle to dominate the fast-growing e-commerce market is set to heat up.

20 Apr 2017

Tesco dives into red on accounting scandal

LONDON - Supermarket giant Tesco revealed on Wednesday that it fell into an annual net loss of 40 million due to a costly accounting scandal at Britain's biggest retailer.

13 Apr 2017

Wal-Mart eliminating hundreds of corporate jobs: source

NEW YORK - Wal-Mart Stores is eliminating hundreds of corporate jobs in a cost-cutting move, a person familiar with the matter said Tuesday.

12 Apr 2017

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