Red tractor embraces public opinion as it revises food standards

UK – Red Tractor, the UK’s largest and most inclusive food assurance scheme, has for the first time in its history allowed its 46000 members and the entire supply chain contribute towards its standards revision process, making it the biggest and most transparent consultation ever. The proposals sought to engage as many people as possible across the Red Tractor supply chain to streamline standards, comply with legislation, meet changes in consumer demand, and provide clarity for both farmers and their assessors. The consultation followed a rigorous three-staged process adhering to…

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BlueNalu commits to invest in GFSI recognized third-party certification

U.S – California-based BlueNalu, global leader in cell-cultured seafood, recently announced its commitment to pursuing third-party certification recognized by the international Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), such as the Safe Quality Food or similar programs to demonstrate the high standards of its product beyond domestic government regulations. It has developed a framework designed to achieve a premier standard of food safety, quality, and traceability for its cell-cultured seafood production. GFSI certification programs follow a globally consistent standard for the demonstration of safety and quality and are validated by independent third-party…

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FSAI announces appointment of new Scientific Committee

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has announced the appointments to its new Scientific Committee which will offer expert scientific advice on all aspects of food safety and nutrition. The Scientific Committee comprises of 15 members from a variety of backgrounds, appointed by the Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. Where deemed appropriate, sub-committees are formed to examine specific areas of interest. The Committee which is under the FSAI Act, 1998, focuses on a range of topics that can benefit public health and food safety policies. Its…

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NEPC funds certification training of agro-allied firms to ease products access to international markets

NIGERIA – Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NEPC) has facilitated international training and certification for 12 Nigerian agro-allied companies to ensure compliance with international standards and encourage export of value-added agro-industrial products to the western markets. The council said this would boost international participation of Nigerian food processors and entrepreneurs, which, in turn, would deepen production, employment opportunities and gross domestic product (GDP). The selected participants were trained on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), one of the certifications required to export products to the United Kingdom (UK). HACCP certification…

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