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African cities are confronted with a new, sometimes fatal plague: counterfeit food.

The Nigerian entrepreneur Ndidi Nwuneli beat this weekend, the alarm on the news website Quartz. “In Nigeria, there is milk powder, where no animal protein, then. In Kenya delves vegetable oil …

The Nigerian entrepreneur Ndidi Nwuneli beat this weekend, the alarm on the news website Quartz. “In Nigeria, there is milk powder, where no animal protein, then. In Kenya delves vegetable oil that recycled oil is unfit for use by humans. Throughout Africa, plastic rice or rijstafval sold as kwaliteitsrijst.’

Snack chemicals

Nwuneli, himself a founder of a voedseldistributiebedrijf for herbs from local producers, is evil. ‘At the end of February died two fourteen year old girls after they contaminated biscuits had been at a birthday party. Until today there is no research to the company that was responsible to track and close, ” she writes at Quartz.

The fraudsters are in each case creatively. So is the carcinogenic kleurstofje Sudan IV is used to make palm oil a more beautiful tan. Formalin, a chemical ingredient that serves to bodies to embalming, is used for fish and meat a fresh appearance. ‘Fake food’ contributes to malnutrition and cancer, and is negative for the agricultural sector. If the purchasing power is low, and fraudsters the price down to hunt, others may not in a fair way to compete.

Sausage with listeria

Aggregate figures for Africa, there are not: there are too few controls that the misuse detection, and a lack of cooperation between authorities. According to the Us Grocery Manufacturers Association is there in just about 10 percent of the global food chain, the question of fraud. But that fraud is geographically unevenly distributed. Research by the Confederation of Industry in Tanzania estimated that more than half of all imported products (food, medicine, but also building material) falsified or forged.

Just yesterday decided to South African lawyers, a local meat processing company to prosecute for murder and manslaughter after the most serious outbreak of listeria (a bacterial infection that was passed on by cold meat, and that can be deadly, red.) the world health organisation (WHO) ever saw. There died of 180 people and the company continued to the infected sausage for nearly a year, sell it. “Food safety is a ticking time bomb’, reported the South African Times. At least five neighbouring countries of South Africa stopped all imports from the country.

Africa is very vulnerable

Why exactly is Africa so vulnerable? African governments usually do not have inspection services that can efficiently check, making a haven for fraudsters arises. In addition, the food chains are now international, rather than national. In that cross-border supply chains are African countries often on the losing side, even if they are under the other act.

“How can neighbouring countries trust each other if they could not inspect, or food safety as a shared priority?’, asked the South African columnist Victor Kgomoeswana off

the news site IOL.

“Local producers also receive fierce competition from cheap voedselimport’, argues the Nigerian Nwuneli. “The standards for African destinations are lower, so use products of inferior or illegal ingredients to make the costs even reduce.’

Both see an answer in a more professional and tougher rules. “The African Union should be a Network for Voedselfraude up,” says Nwuneli.

The predictive value of crop failures

Chris Elliott, professor of international food safety at the University of Belfast, goes even further. “You need to crop failures. So you can voedselfraudes six months to a year in advance to predict’, he notes on the site of New Food Magazine.

The recent harvest loss of look in China led to all sorts of criminal activities in the sector. On Twitter, warns Elliott: ‘Harvest of Thai steamed rice with forty percent down. I doubt the question even with forty percent will fall.’

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