This is alarming and shocking: Fake processed food becoming an epidemic in Africa


Data focused on the African continent is not as readily available, but what exists is alarming.
  • Recent research by the Confederation of Tanzania Industries estimates that over 50% of all goods, including food, drugs and construction materials, imported into Tanzania are fake. Anecdotal evidence suggests that rates could be between 10% and 50%, depending on the food category and the country.
As an agro-processor and co-founder of Nigeria’s AACE Foods and Sahel Capital, I have observed first-hand the magnitude of the food fraud crises and how supermarket shelves and open-air market stalls are too often stocked with counterfeit products. 
  • In Nigeria there is milk powder with no animal protein
  • In Kenya there is vegetable oil made of recycled oil unfit for human consumption.
  • In Ghana, the palm oil is laced with a food coloring called Sudan IV which is widely recognized as a carcinogen
  • In Uganda, formalin —an embalming agent—is used to keep meat and fish free from flies and seemingly fresh for days
  • Across Africa, there are incidences of plastic rice or nothing more than discarded rice chaff, packaged as high-grade rice, and corn powder dyed with Sudan IV, labeled as chili pepper.
Given that most of the counterfeit products in Africa are staples consumed to fulfill daily dietary needs, they are likely contributing to the rising levels of malnutrition and cancer on the continent

When parents living on just dollars a day believe they are buying their children milk, and that milk has no animal protein, the impacts on child development can be devastating

Indeed, there is no way to know to what extent food fraud is contributing to stunting, which affects 34% of under five-year old African children, with lifelong impacts on physical and intellectual development.

Read the full atricle at https://qz.com/1226112/fake-food-or-fraud-food-in-nigeria-kenya-and-other-african-countries