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Meat residue testing: Another blow to ostrich and game industries

Published: 5th Feb 2018
Author: Tony Dickson - S&V Editor

Oudtshoorn (SA) – SA - European Union concerns over the monitoring of residues in South African meat exports - specifically ostrich, crocodile and venison - may lead to a complete ban on the export of SA meat to the EU, according to an article in the Oudtshoorn Courant on Friday.
       It said a ban would also apply to partially cooked meat - which the ostrich industry has been developing to circumvent the ban on raw ostrich meat caused by Avian Influenza.
       A ban would also affect the venison industry, which has been waiting for the EU to lift a 7-year ban imposed because of an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).
       The EU has just released a report by a team which visited in February last year to inspect the residue monitoring programme run by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries (DAFF), which checks for the presence of growth stimulants, antibiotics, pesticides and herbicides in game and ostrich meat.
       The Courant said the EU's audit report indicated that the planning, testing and follow-up procedures in DAFF's programme were largely adequate, but that there were shortcomings in the system which put the results in doubt.
       The shortcomings included the use of unsuitable analytical models, the failure to get all samples tested in time, and the failure to test for certain substances.
       Restrictions on meat exports impact significantly on ostrich and game leather, less so on crocodile.

Kenyan tanneries embrace international best practices

Published: 28th Apr 2017
Author: Republished from East Africa Trade and Investment Hub; May 18; 2017
From May 4 - 16, the Hub partnered with its grantee IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative and the Central Leather Research Institute to facilitate a two-week leather-training workshop for representatives from Kenyan tanneries and education institutions. The training, conducted at the Kenya Research Institute, the premier product innovation and development training facility for small and medium-sized enterprises, focused on clean and efficient leather processing technologies.
Ominde Elvis from Dogbones Tannery, one of the participants who benefited from the training says,   “It has been an informative and empowering session, especially the training on cleaner production techniques. I have learnt new methods of utilizing waste products by converting them into valuable finished goods.”
  “The training was excellent. I learnt a lot, especially how to improve the leather sector using new technologies like waterless chrome tanning, and recycling chemicals in order to minimize the total dissolved solids in the effluent treatment,” said Jane Mwikali, a Leather Technologist from University of Nairobi.
The training series is part of the Kenya Leather Industry Development Program (KLIDP), implemented by the Hub’s grantee IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative that aims to increase the competitiveness of Kenyan leather products for export, and to attract investment in the sector.

Appeal to tanneries and others in the leather industry

Published: 10th Apr 2017
Author: Quintin Marais; president; SLTC Southern African Section

On behalf of the Southern Africa SLTC, we are pleased to invite your corporation to our yearly SLTC conference that will take place on the 26 to 28 May 2017.

        The conference is held yearly to present all aspects that influence the leather industry and offer a networking environment between tanneries and suppliers. This year we have secured papers from first-time speakers Prof Gerrie Swan of the Exotic Leather Cluster and David Ford of the SA Feedlot Association. We also have a paper by the president of the UK SLTC – and old friend of the Southern African leather industry - Steve Trantum, and we have papers by overseas speakers from chemical houses. We are also securing a speaker from a leading tannery machinery manufacturer.

        We would be delighted if you, or any of your management or technicians, can join us during this event.

        The event will be held at La Wiida Lodge, 183 Hennopsriver, R511, Hennopsriver Valley, Pretoria, 0026.

        Please contact our secretary, Nicky Phipps, for details. – []

BASF leather chemicals business to become part of Stahl Group

Published: 27th Mar 2017
Author: Announcement from BASF

Ludwigshafen (Germany) – BASF and Stahl signed an agreement on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to combine BASF’s leather chemicals business with Stahl Group. The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant authorities and the closing is expected to take place in the fourth quarter of 2017.

        Under the terms of the agreement, BASF will receive a 16% minority stake in the Stahl Group. Furthermore, BASF will supply significant volumes of leather chemicals to Stahl under mid to long-term supply agreements. The transaction comprises BASF’s global leather chemicals business, as well as the leather chemicals production site in L’Hospitalet, Spain. Around 210 positions globally are in the scope of the transaction, of which about 110 are in Asia.

        “This partnership is the right step for BASF’s successful leather chemicals business,” says Michael Heinz, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. “With complementary strengths, BASF and Stahl are creating a leading company in leather chemicals with a strong focus on innovation.”

        “Our customers will benefit as together we can leverage unparalleled strength in production, technical expertise, innovation and sustainability along the entire leather-making value chain,” says Dr. Christian Fischer, President Performance Chemicals.

Report on proposed LRI to be handed over

Published: 20th Mar 2017
Author: From Ernest Heunis; chairman; Skin; Hide & Leather Council

Urgent call to SA visitors to APLF

The feasibility study on the formation of a Leather Research Institute will be officially handed over at the APLF fair in Hong Kong by the Institute for Creative Leather Technology (Northampton University) to the dti, Exotic Leather South Africa and SHALC. Interested industry stakeholders attending the APLF Hong Kong are invited to attend.

        The handover will be at the Northampton University (ICLT) stand within the UK pavilion and the number is Hall 1E-A11/UK.. Date: 29 March 2017, time 4 pm to 5 pm.

        Please let Ernest Heunis @ know if you will be attending.

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