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The East African : Apr 13th 2015
The EastAfrican 22 BEHIND THE HEADLINES Kenya goes after terrorism financiers OUTLOOK APRIL 11-17,2015 T I T B I T S Parts of South Kordofan won’t hold polls Finally, Paris declassifies genocide files Battle on for Ethiopia’s beer market The News: The Kenyan government has frozen 86 accounts of individuals and organisations suspected of funding terrorism in the country. The Lowdown: The freezing of the accounts follows an attack on the Garissa University College which left 147 people dead and many more injured. Terror group Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack. Treasury Permanent Secretary Kamau Thugge said forex bureaus and human rights groups whose accounts were frozen would be investigated. Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet said they would be blacklisted for either taking part in or aiding terror. The News: Elections in Sudan will be suspended in parts of the troubled South Kordofan region, the National Elections Commission announced this week. The Lowdown: The government is fighting rebels in the affected areas. The EU said on Thursday that the elections, scheduled between April 13 and April 16 and expected to see President Omar al-Bashir extend his 25-year rule, cannot produce a “credible” result. EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini said Bashir’s failure to establish genuine national dialogue, which he announced early last year, was a real setback and compromised the polls result. What’s on you≥ plate? What is in your meal? Where did the ingredients come from? Were they properly and safely handled at every stage, from farm to plate? The World Health Organisation is advocating action in these areas on the World Health Day to be marked on April 7 as it calls on producers, policy-makers and the public to promote food safety. The News: France has declassified documents relating to the Rwanda genocide against the Tutsi, President’s Francois Hollande’s office announced. The Lowdown: The files, including advice given to then president Francois Mitterrand, will be available to researchers and genocide victims. France has admitted making mistakes over the genocide, but denies Kigali’s allegations of complicity. Last year, Paris pulled out of 20th anniversary celebrations after the Rwandan President Paul Kagame reiterated the allegations that France played a direct role in the genocide. The News: International brewers are helping transform Ethiopia’s business landscape as it slowly sells state assets and opens up to foreigners. The Lowdown: Heineken, Diageo and privately-owned Dutch brewer Bavaria, have snapped up state breweries or built new ones in the past four years, introducing new beverages and increasing competition for St George, Ethiopia’s oldest beer brand that was itself bought by France’s Castel Group in 1998. The nation that once could not feed itself, now draws investors keen to profit from the increasing prosperity of its 96 million people. Major food-borne illnesses and causes Food-borne illnesses are usually infectious or toxic. They are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances entering the body through contaminated food or water. Salmonella is one of the most common causes of foodborne illness. Salmonellosis is a disease you get by eating contaminated food or by touching animals carrying the salmonella bacteria. Eggs are the most common cause of human salmonella infection. Food handlers and consumers should: • Use only fresh, clean, uncracked eggs; • Wash hands, surfaces and equipment before and after contact with eggs ; • Keep eggs refrigerated; • Cook eggs thoroughly. Key facts of food safety 200 · Unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical substances causes more than 200 diseases, ranging from diarrhoea to cancers. 2m · Foodborne and waterborne diarrhoeal diseases kill an estimated 2 million people annually, including many children. · Food safety, nutrition and food security are inextricably linked. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, elderly and the sick. · Food-borne diseases impede socioeconomic development by straining health care systems, and harming national economies, tourism and trade. · Food supply chains now cross multiple national borders. Good collaboration between governments, producers and consumers helps ensure food safety. Major food outbreaks include the contamination of infant formula with melamine in 2008 (affecting 300,000 infants and young children, six of whom died, in China alone), and the 2011 enterohaemorrhagic escherichia coli outbreak in Germany linked to contaminated fenugreek sprouts. Cases were reported in 8 countries in Europe and North America, leading to 53 deaths. Salmonella can cause and possibly lead to fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, nausea, and death. It lasts 4-7 days.
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