Industry enthusiasts converse on Regulating Quality & Food Safety in Africa to boost Regional Trade

AFRICA – Africa has a big domestic market that possesses significant opportunities. Currently, Africa accounts for 2.9 per cent of the world production and 2.6 per cent of the world trade according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) statistics. Connoisseurs from various African countries converged at the virtual Africa Food Safety & Quality summit to deliberate on…

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Professionals discuss on Food Safety Management in the Retail, HORECA & Institutional sectors

AFRICA – Food safety has become a very key discussion, pushed further by the emergence of Covid-19. It has seen retailers shift their approaches to controlling food safety hazards within their business premises in order to ensure the safety of their food. The sector professionals converged to have a dialogue on the same in a platform provided by the Food…

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Experts dissect on food safety concerns in fresh produce sector for local & export markets

AFRICA – Panelists during the recently held Africa Food Safety and Quality Summit have underscored obliviousness on food safety importance, misuse of agri-inputs and microbiological hazards as the major fresh produce sector food safety concerns in Africa. The panel was addressed by Cyprian Kabbis, District chief executive, Eastern Africa, Bureau Veritas; George Akida, Exports Manager, Africado Tanzania; Frank Obure, General…

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Laird superfood acquires SQF Level 2 Certification

U.S – Laird Superfood (NYSE American: LSF) award-winning creator of assorted plant-based superfood products, has successfully achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification for its powdered vegan creamers, Hydrate drink mixes, and supplements, receiving a score of 92 on its initial audit. Level 2 SQF Certification is also known as the Certified HACCP-Based Food Safety Plan. It incorporates all…

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FSSAI deliberates on using advanced technological tools to ascertain food quality, safety

INDIA – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said it is exploring the possibility of using next generation technological tools like blockchain and machine learning to ensure food safety and quality. Such tools assume importance as the current pandemic situation has negatively affected many aspects of routine regulatory inspections, monitoring and surveillance at both the domestic level…

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Warbug Pincus, Tilia acquire FlexXray from LLCP in growth investment

U.S – Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has sold its portfolio company FlexXray, the leading X-ray inspection and recovery service provider for the food industry, to Warburg Pincus, a global growth investor and Tilia Holdings, a Chicago-based private investment firm focused exclusively on the food and nutrition supply chain. The service provider assists food…

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Illumina partners with Sanigen to help NGS platform technology penetrate South Korean market

U.S – Sanigen, a South Korean-based molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics company, has announced that it will become a channel partner (distributor) in the region for Illumina, the world’s leading genome sequencing company. The partners will work together to deliver Illumina’s Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform technology to the food safety and microbiology sector in South Korea. NGS is a massively…

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Mars, Nestle recall several ice cream batches thanks to Ethylene Oxide contamination

SPAIN – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and Mars, a family owned multinational food manufacturer, have recalled ice cream products after an ethylene oxide (ETO) contamination scare. According to a list drawn up by FACUA, the Andalucian consumer watchdog for market abuses, in the scare involving different ice creams possibly being contaminated by the presence of traces…

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Tiger brands recalls canned products over faulty cans

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food manufacturer, has announced the urgent recall of about 20 million KOO, its rainbow brand, and Hugo’s canned vegetable products manufactured between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021 over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans.  The company’s Groceries division first discovered the defective products in May 2021, prior to the…

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CGA discloses consumer perspective on food safety in Kenya

KENYA – Consumers in Kenya are grappling with issues on the level of food safety awareness as well as perceptions about sanitation in markets and hygiene standards during food transportation and preparation. This is according to a survey by the Consumer Grassroots Association (CGA), an independent body that works towards a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all Kenyan grassroots…

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