Infant Formula Producers Facing Crisis Can Rely on Southern California ProTab Labs for Safe Rapid Large-Scale Production of Premixes and Packaging Solutions

Foothill Ranch, Calif., June 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — To tackle the infant formula crisis, producers can rely on Southern California supplement solutions contract manufacturer ProTab Laboratories to blend custom premixes and produce and package infant formula with a rapid turnaround time.

“ProTab is in the perfect position as a supplement solution manufacturer and packager to prioritize infant formula production with safety and scale to help replenish the supply in the market,” said Joanne Hsu, vice president of operations. “We are ready to produce safe, high-quality premixes with careful processing and top-quality standards at our facility for reassuring parents and babies that they will have access to quality and safe infant formula.”

Safety continues to be at the forefront of the crisis. ProTab has the capabilities of in-house analytical laboratory services for quality control validation, including analytical capabilities. The company is FDA registered with cGMP, FSMA, and FSSC 22000 certified by NSF.

“ProTab can rapidly turn around the production of powder and premix for liquid infant formula at a large scale to bolster the supply of products with proper FDA-inspected nutritional values and safety,” said Hsu. “Our certifications are the gold standard of safety for reassuring our manufacture of food and supplement solutions, including infant formula premix solutions.”

“As a GFSI certified producer and packager of supplement solutions, ProTab elevates food safety to the next level with our state-of-the-art facility, coupled with our quality control procedures and testing,” said Fariba Samadi, director of quality assurance and regulatory affairs. “Following stringent quality assurance and safety processes, we evaluate the quality of raw materials before manufacturing as well as the finished goods.”

Infant formula producers can leverage ProTab’s modern technology for precision blending needed for producing infant formula. Microencapsulation is offered to mask the undesirable characteristics of particular additives and formula ingredients. The technology is part of ProTab’s recent multimillion-dollar expansion to increase the footprint for blending and mixing premix solutions.

ProTab can also help secure the best materials and ingredients if needed; the company keeps up with the newest production and delivery technologies and the latest regulatory requirements and considers modern formulation and consumer trends.

For specific needs in labeling and standards, ProTab Labs can manufacture products to the specification of USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Halal, and Kosher. The company is registered with Health Canada as a foreign manufacturer site.

“We encourage infant formula manufacturers and brand holders to bring their formulas and packaging schematics to work with us,” said Hsu. “We are confident in helping everyone get through the bottleneck together and positioning ProTab as a long-term infant formula production partner,” said Hsu.

About ProTab Laboratories
ProTab Laboratories is a custom research contract manufacturer operating a state-of-the-art facility in Southern California for providing rapid turnaround services for tablet, capsule, and powder form products, along with high-capacity mixing processes for nutritional and dietary supplements, tableting, microencapsulation, granulation, and milling. ProTab can guide brands through the product development and technical process from inception to the final product.

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For brands that would like to strengthen their vendor diversity profile, ProTab is also a certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise.

ProTab’s manufacturing operation is fully compliant with all current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) established within the industry and meets or exceeds all quality standards for Nutritional Supplements. The company has established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to ensure that this standard is met in all manufacturing process phases. Our quality control standards are compliant with Kosher, Halal, Health Canada, USDA Organic, State of California Department of Public Health, NSF, and Non-GMO Project Verified.


Ana Arakelian, Head of Public Relations and Communications
ProTab Laboratories

$BioFi Ecosystem Announcement – Biometric Financial (BioFi) Announces a New Provider Relationship with Providence Software Solutions – South Africa

$BioFi Safeguards Your Personal data while Leveraging the Blockchain and Decentralized Web 3.0 services

WELDON SPRING, MO / ACCESSWIRE / June 16, 2022 / Biometric Financial (BioFi), an innovative ecosystem and Providence Software Solutions – South Africa, owner of the Mobile Pay digital wallet announce today that Providence will become a New Provider in the Biometric Financial ecosystem. The New Provider relationship will allow Providence to offer the BioFi biometrics within its digital wallet, across all of its existing customers, and to all potential new customers, while supporting accelerated adoption of the $BioFi token.

Providence will integrate the BioFi biometrics into the Mobile Pay digital wallet, and showcase this solution in South Africa, the Middle East, and throughout India, engaging hundreds of corporate customers, who themselves have the ability to become Providers in the Biometric Financial ecosystem.

Providence provides direct access to over 100 companies, with a combined community size of 20+ million users across South Africa, the Middle East, and throughout India.

The BioFi biometric solution will be utilized to authenticate customers on the various products that Providence manages as part of its service provider relationships. The $BioFi token will be utilized as the method of payment for authentication services.

Providence applications will also be pre-loaded on the Phenix X1 smartphone which will allow for expanded usage wherever the smartphone is sold across the regions where Providence is active. The UniSafeBox password manager and Krptic wallet will be included in the lineup of solutions that Providence can offer during customer engagements. Providence will also be engaged with the BioFi ecosystem to innovate around immersive experiences with the metaverse for corporate clients and their customers.

The BioFi project represents a Utility Token and a secure set of solutions that leverages biometric security to provide decentralized finance (DeFi) products and services riding on the blockchain. The Phenix X1 smartphone is designed with a highly secure area to protect against fraudsters and to ensure security when running financial apps, transacting online, mining cryptocurrencies, and storing digital assets. UniSafeBox combines biometric encryption technology with blockchain hashing algorithms to secure passwords and a wide array of personal sensitive information.

The Providence engagement philosophy centers around high-end design solutions that leverage the latest and most innovative software and technology. Over the past five years Providence has successfully delivered over a hundred projects in various markets, while providing custom solutions in web applications as well as mobile applications, and providing managed services to valued clients.

Brian Maw, CEO and Co-Founder of Finnovant, Inc., stated, “We are very excited to be working with Prabhakar and Providence Software Solutions as a new Provider in the BioFi ecosystem, where we will offer joint solutions in high growth regions of the world, utilizing the user-friendly biometrics and the $BioFi token – This allows us to secure critical customer data and provide helpful Utility to every person.”

Providers of the BioFi ecosystem can integrate easily with biometric API’s, highlighting the unique utility advantage that the entire service can bring.  The Biometric Financial website showcases many examples of utility currently available or in development, while providing services to tens of thousands of users globally.

BioFi is truly global in nature, not bound by a single language or territory, and designed to be user friendly with the added benefit of helping people feel more secure as access is tied to them individually.

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“In line with our founding values, we know that our customers’ business matters to them, therefore it matters to us. With this in mind we share the same values as Finnovant, where the focus is on the customer,” says Prabhakar Manikonda, Executive Director at Providence Software Solutions – South Africa. “Our Provider relationship with the BioFi ecosystem will help us provide the greatest Utility to our customers with amazing biometric security, while supporting new customer acquisition models with such innovative solutions that improve ease of use.”


Finnovant Inc. was founded with the vision of helping business leaders dramatically improve the way they interact with their critical information and customers. Our focus is on developing emerging technologies with secure blockchain solutions in the areas of Financial Services, Governance, IoT, Healthcare, and more and improving digital security for our customers. Finnovant provides biometric authentication which helps thwart Identity Theft and Fraud.

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Chris Benedict
Finnovant, Inc.

About Providence Software Solutions – South Africa

Providence Software Solutions – South Africa was Founded in 2005 with the vision of being a results-driven software solution provider. Providence provides innovative and efficient services and solutions that allow companies to achieve their full potential while subscribing to the South African governments Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment policy and strategy by being a Level 1 B-BBEE company.

Follow Providence Software Solutions on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and also visit the Providence Software Solutions – South Africa company site.

Prabhakar Manikonda, Executive Director

Providence Software Solutions
35 Western Service Road, Wendywood, Sandton
Johannesburg ZA-GP-2148
South Africa
+27 (0) 72 695 5414

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Zoomlion Brings Star Excavator to Buildexpo Africa 2022 and Kicks off Africa Service Tour

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (“Zoomlion”; 1157.HK) has presented a lineup of star products, including the ZE215E excavator, at the 23rd Buildexpo 2022 hosted May in Nairobi, Kenya.

Zoomlion announced at the expo that it will kick off the 2022 Africa service tour to visit local customers, inspect and evaluate equipment operation conditions, and troubleshoot problems while giving operation and maintenance training to customers and operators. Zoomlion also aims to understand the customers’ demands better and offer timely assistance. Zoomlion has been carrying out the Africa service tours since 2010.

“Infrastructure construction is of great significance to the development of industrialization and improvement in Africa,” said Li Bin, Deputy General Manager of Overseas Company of Zoomlion. “We follow the localization strategy in terms of product development, such as to cope with the working environment in Africa. We’ve adopted a variety of technological and technical solutions to improve the heat dissipation capacity of the equipment and maximize the protection of key components and ensure the equipment safety.”

Zoomlion entered the African market in 2007 and has established a comprehensive network with an improved product strategy and a strengthened service and spare parts support system. It now sells hosting, earthmoving, concrete machinery, and more across Africa in countries including Algeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, and Cameroon. To date, Zoomlion has sold a total of 5000 units of equipment in Africa.

In the past decade, Zoomlion has participated in many key construction projects in Africa to support local infrastructure, including the Mombasa-Nairobi Railway, Hass Towers (once highest building in Africa), the new terminal of Houari Boumediene Airport in Algeria.

Zoomlion has registered subsidiaries in South Africa and set up offices in Algeria and West Africa, spare parts warehouses in Algeria and Johannesburg, South Africa, with a local service team consisting of dozens of employees, extended local dealers and distribution channels to provide local customers with one-stop services of sales, service, technology and financing. Zoomlion’s joint venture founded in 2017 in Algeria is now the top three largest Chinese construction machinery exporters in Africa.

“As a leading construction machinery manufacturer, Zoomlion actively supports the constructions in Africa with an effective sales and service team, offering local support to ensure our products operate smoothly,” Mr. Li said.

Cameroon, Central African Republic Agree to Demarcate Border

Cameroon and the Central African Republic have agreed to demarcate several hundred kilometers of their shared border. The countries have have competing claims to villages and towns along the porous, undefined border. The two sides also vowed joint efforts to stop violence along the border, where Central African rebels have been hiding and launching raids for supplies.

Defense ministers and police chiefs from Cameroon and the Central African Republic agreed Wednesday to demarcate their shared border through a joint commission.

The C.A.R.’s minister of territorial administration, decentralization and local development, Bruno Yapande, led his country’s delegation to the three-day talks in Yaounde.

Yapande said both sides want to demarcate and develop the border to improve security and living conditions for civilians.

Yapande says the presidents of the two countries have promised that the demarcation of the border will begin within a month to make border towns and villages safe from violence.

He adds that the two countries also agreed to reinforce their joint military presence in border towns and villages.

Cameroon shares a close to 900-kilometer, mostly porous border with the Central African Republic.

C.A.R. rebels use the bush around the border to hide from both sides’ troops and to launch raids on nearby villages for supplies.

The governor of Cameroon’s East region, Gregoire Mvongo, attended the meetings.

He says a 1908 accord supervised by German and French colonial masters defines the Cameroon-C.A.R. border. Unfortunately, says Mvongo, people, erosion, and floods since have destroyed many boundary markers. He says Cameroon and the C.A.R. neglected to maintain border markers as they were focused on fighting C.A.R. rebels since the C.A.R. gained independence from France in 1960.

Mvongo said the C.A.R. has not gone 10 years without political tensions boiling over into bloody conflict.

The two sides this month announced that 2,500 of 300,000 Central African refugees who fled conflict to Cameroon would return home by the end of the year.

The refugees agreed to return home after Bangui promised peace had returned to their towns and villages.

Mvongo noted there are disputes over territory along the border that need to be resolved.

The C.A.R. claims some border areas that are currently inside Cameroon, including a market in Garoua Boulay town and parts of border villages.

Cameroon authorities say there have been several confrontations with Central African troops in disputed territories since 2016, though none have led to fighting.

Jeannette Marcelle Gotchanga, a member of the C.A.R. border commission, says if the border demarcation is immediate, as recommended by the African Union, it will put an end to tensions and rivalries that impede free movement of people and goods and slow economic growth in villages where the border is disputed.

Neither country has said when the demarcation project will end but agreed to respect the findings of the joint demarcation commission.

Source: Voice of America

Refugees in South Africa Demand Resettlement Due to Xenophobia

Dozens of refugees camped outside the United Nations refugee agency office say they have been living in South Africa for two decades, but now they no longer feel safe.

Most are from the Democratic Republic of Congo, where they escaped war.

But increasingly, they say they’ve had their small businesses looted, homes robbed and been personally attacked amid growing waves of xenophobia.

Lillian Nyota has been a refugee in South Africa since 2001.

“We ran away from our country, running from tribulations,” she said. “We came here in South Africa, we found more trouble, more tribulations. Because xenophobic attack is real, xenophobia is real, no one can deny it. It’s real.”

South Africa is home to more than 250,000 asylum seekers. Nyota’s group said they’ve moved from community to community, but violence eventually follows.

She said they’re now asking that the United Nations refugee agency move them to a safe third country.

“Any place that they can take us that way we can be safe with our families,” Nyota said. “We can live and move on with our lives so that our children can go to school.”

Xenophobic violence has become increasingly pronounced in South Africa with bursts of riots and murders since 2008.

Earlier this year, amid a wave of anti-migrant marches, a Zimbabwean man was killed in a Johannesburg township, authorities say because of his nationality.

Experts blame the problem on the country’s history of violence, socioeconomic issues and growing anti-foreigner politics.

Silindile Mlilo, a researcher at the University of Witwatersrand, said with xenophobic violence, there is usually no differentiation between refugees or asylum-seekers.

“If government is not seen as doing anything, it also discourages migrants and refugees who are in the country, because it’s like, is it safe for me?” Mlilo said.

Resettlement is not an option for most refugees.

The U.N. refugee agency, UNHCR, said only 1 percent of refugees globally are moved from one host country to another for exceptional circumstances.

Laura Padoan, spokesperson for UNHCR South Africa, said it’s only the most vulnerable refugees who are typically eligible for resettlement.

“That can be survivors of sexual or gender-based violence. It can be women and children at risk, people at risk because of their religious persecution,” Padoan said. “We really urge these refugees to take up the offer of local integration or repatriation, because no one wants to see people living out on the street.”

But these refugees outside her office maintain re-integration is not an option and say they will stay camped there until there’s a plan for them to leave South Africa.

Source: Voice of America

Thousands of Somalis at Risk of Starving to Death, Aid Groups Say

The drought devastating the Horn of Africa has hit Somalia the hardest, with an estimated one-half of its 16 million people facing crisis-level food insecurity. Aid groups say hundreds of thousands of Somalis are at risk of starving to death, while hundreds of children are already dying of malnutrition.

At a center for malnourished children in Mogadishu, Fadumo Madeey, 38, holds her 4-year-old child, who is suffering from severe malnutrition because of the hunger crisis.

Madeey fled hunger in Buulo Gaduud village in Somalia’s southern Bay region on June 11, after three of her children died from malnutrition. She now lives in the Al-Hidaaya camp for internally displaced people with her three remaining children.

Madeey said that before the drought, they had livestock and farms that grew crops, but the drought destroyed them all at once.

The U.N. says about 800,000 Somalis have been displaced by the record drought.

Paris-based aid group Action Against Hunger runs the Hodan Stabilization Center, which serves poor women and families living in IDP camps.

Asho Adan, 32, arrived in Mogadishu a week ago from Saakow town, in the Middle Jubba region. She’s at the center to get emergency food aid for her withered children.

Adan said the drought destroyed all their crops, killed all their animals and left all seven of her kids malnourished.

While many rural families fleeing drought see Mogadishu as their only hope, the Somali capital’s hospitals are overwhelmed.

The supervisor of Martino hospital’s malnutrition ward, Dr. Abdirizaq Yusuf, said there is a shortage of high-nutrient food to treat the suffering. He said malnourished children must be given a therapeutic diet, such as high-nutrition milk, but the supplies donated by the United Nations are already depleted.

Meanwhile, at Al-Hidaaya IDP camp just outside Mogadishu, mothers and young children wait outside their makeshift shelters for help. Camp caretaker Nadifa Hussein said hundreds of people in need are arriving every week.

Aid groups say the Somali government lacks the capacity to deal with what has become the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in decades. And without more food soon, the U.N. says, more than 7 million Somalis will be in crisis and 1.5 million children will face acute hunger this year.

Source: Voice of America

Media Arrests ‘Reverberate’ Across Ethiopian Newsrooms

June 18 marks seven months in prison for Dessu Dulla. The Ethiopian journalist from the Oromia News Network, or ONN, is accused of anti-state activities. If convicted, he could face life in prison, or even the death penalty.

It’s a sharp turn of events for Dessu, who returned from exile in Europe in 2018, drawn by what seemed at the time like a period of reform.

He started work at ONN, where he hosted the weekly show “Under the Shadow of Democracy,” looking at threats in Ethiopia and its Oromia region.

“I thought it would be another era and that democracy and freedom of speech may be restored,” Dessu told Reuters before his arrest last November. But “actually things are deteriorating. So many journalists have fled the country, and some are in jail.”

Dessu is one of more than 20 journalists currently held in Ethiopian prisons. Most had reported on the conflicts in Ethiopia’s Tigray, Oromia and Amhara regions.

Alongside arrests, Ethiopia’s media regulator in April announced it was taking legal action against 25 media outlets that it said were spreading false news and hate speech.

Authorities say their actions are designed to stop the spread of disinformation or anti-state activities. But rights groups and journalists say Ethiopia is using legal avenues to silence critics or dissidents.

Tsedale Lemma, who founded the newspaper Addis Standard, said the arrests of journalists, many of whom were pro-government during the war in Tigray, send a broader message to media across the country.

“It’s the effect that is really reverberating across media rooms in Ethiopia,” Tsedale said, adding that it creates challenges “because you wouldn’t know what is it going to be that the government is turning against this time.”

In Dessu’s case, he and his ONN colleague Bikila Amenu are included in a case that includes 15 members and supporters of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) political party, who are accused of plotting to overthrow the government.

A court in April charged the journalists under a law barring “outrages against the constitution.”

Authorities say the journalists’ news coverage was sympathetic to the OLF.

Their lawyer, Milkiyas Bulcha, told VOA Amharic Service that Dessu and the others have not been given a fair chance to defend themselves.

“The prosecutor is narrowing the right of the accused to defend themselves, and they are not meeting the standards required by law,” he said.

Because of that, said Milkiyas, “They should be released from prison without any preconditions.”

Legal landscape

Advocacy groups say the use of anti-terror and other laws to silence the media and political dissidents must end if Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is going to live up to the promises he made when taking power in 2018.

“It’s simple, really,” Angela Quintal, Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, told VOA. She said CPJ wants the release of “all journalists currently behind bars in Ethiopia and for the government to end its persecution of the independent press.”

But Ethiopian authorities say they are trying to tackle disinformation and prevent polarization or ethnic division.

When Billene Seyoum, a spokesperson for the prime minister’s office, referenced outcry over the recent spate of arrests during a June 6 press briefing, she said, “It’s really important to unpack who is a journalist and who is not.”

As far as the media authority is aware, she said, “many of these that are going under the banner of journalists are not accredited or not licensed.”

The spokesperson said strong laws curbing hate speech and disinformation are needed to regulate or control the growth of explosive rhetoric, particularly online.

It is “problematic,” Billene said, “if everybody with a YouTube channel is considered a journalist and there is no means of regulating what is said.”

Quintal, however, said legal action against the media is taking the country down a dark path.

“It is shocking that Ethiopia is once again among the worst jailers of journalists in Africa and where due process and the rule of law has been violated time and time again,” she told VOA.

“Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy’s government can still live up to his promise of reform when he first came into office by reversing the worrying decline in press freedom that we have witnessed, particularly since the war in Tigray started,” Quintal said.

Abiy was hailed in 2018 for his progressive moves, including the release of all jailed journalists and the restoration of access to blocked news websites.

In 2019, the United Nations held its press freedom conference in the capital, Addis Ababa, to commemorate World Press Freedom Day. Abiy was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize that same year.

But by 2021, with the war in Tigray underway, Abiy has signaled less tolerance for reporting that is critical or challenges government actions, and which authorities equate to false or biased news.

In a speech to lawmakers on Tuesday, Abiy said, “Let’s not designate individuals engaged in destroying national institutions as ‘activists’ and ‘journalists.’ “

Media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) notes that conflict has wiped out most of the press freedom gains made by Ethiopia in recent years.

“Since the start of the civil war, the government has made a determined effort to take control of the narrative,” according to RSF. The watchdog ranks Ethiopia 114th out of 180 countries, where 1 is freest, on its annual Press Freedom Index.

Source: Voice of America

China Says It Has ‘Zero Tolerance’ for Racism Amid Malawi Fallout

The Chinese government is working to prevent continued diplomatic fallout and protect its image in Africa after racist videos of African children made by a Chinese man living in Malawi surfaced this week.

The BBC’s investigative report into the videos found a man named Lu Ke who allegedly filmed African children unknowingly saying offensive things in Mandarin such as “I’m a black monster and I have a low IQ.” The videos were then sold on a Chinese website, according to the BBC.

The news sparked outrage in Malawi, with netizens expressing their fury on Twitter and Foreign Minister Nancy Tembo saying the country felt “disgusted, disrespected and deeply pained.”

After the Chinese Embassy in Malawi was initially criticized for its tepid response to the scandal, dismissing the videos as old news because they were filmed in 2020, they released a new, stronger statement on Thursday.

The embassy said, “The Chinese community in Malawi has voiced their condemnation to racism in strong words,” adding that “the isolated case by a fool individual does not change the whole picture.”

China’s top diplomat in the region, Wu Peng, has also been engaging in damage control. He went to Malawi on Tuesday, where he met government officials, tweeting, “Nice to feel in person the Warm Heart of Africa. Malawi is a beautiful country with lovely people.”

Wu Peng also tweeted, “I just reached an agreement with Malawian FM that both #China&#Malawi have zero tolerance for racism. China has been cracking down on these unlawful acts in the past yrs. We’ll continue to crack down on such racial discrimination videos in the future.”

The day after his visit, Malawi’s Ministry for Foreign Affairs tweeted about a new Chinese scholarship opportunity for Malawians to study in China for a master’s degree, which some skeptics online saw as another way for Beijing to mitigate the fallout from the scandal.

Many Malawians are unconvinced by China’s apologies. The online news publication Malawi 24 reported that a Malawi-based group, the Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives, has called on the police to trace all Chinese nationals in the country and find out whether they’re there illegally or misrepresenting their reasons for being in the country.

Ralph Mathekga, a South African political analyst, told VOA that China has a history of racism toward Africans, yet governments on the continent were often loath to raise such issues because of Beijing’s economic clout.

“The video is not too surprising. … I think China is never brought to account in human rights and race relations in the country’s relationship with Africa,” he said.

But Cobus van Staden from the South African Institute of International Affairs said the videos could still be damaging.

“These kinds of depictions of Africans have a long, bad historical precedence. … I think it could be harmful for China’s image on the continent,” van Staden told VOA.

In Washington, Marco Rubio, a Republican senator from Florida and one of the most vocal China critics in Congress, tweeted about the BBC documentary, saying it was “disgusting and inhumane” and directly blaming the Communist Party of China.

In recent years, one of Beijing’s key talking points has been racism in the United States. Chinese officials and state media regularly focus on high-profile cases of police killings of African Americans like George Floyd to accuse the U.S. of racism and human rights abuses.

Source: Voice of America