GFSI on-boards four new members to its coalition

GLOBAL – Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), now the Consumer Goods Forum Coalition of Action on food safety, has announced that four more companies, Develey, Kerry, Spinneys and Sysco, have joined its coalition. The four companies are now part of a unique group that is collaborating across borders to ensure safe food for everyone. The Coalition now totals 38 companies,…

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Vietnam’s giant noodle makers Acecook, Thien Huong face products recall

VIETNAM – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland has recalled some batches of Vietnam’s leading noodle maker, Acecook’s Hao Hao and ‘Good’ branded noodles owing to the presence of ethylene oxide, an illegal pesticide. Ethylene oxide is a chemical used as a pesticide or sterilizing agent, and classified as a mutagen, carcinogen and reproductive toxicant by the European Chemicals Agency…

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NAFDAC warns on use of formalin to preserve food, nabs man over product counterfeiting

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned meat and fish sellers against the use of formalin to preserve the products as it is harmful and not meant for consumption. Formalin, a colorless substance is derived from formaldehyde, which is a known cancer-causing agent. The best-known use for formalin is the preservation of…

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Global Leaders Group on AMR caution on overuse of antimicrobial drugs in food system

GLOBAL – The Global Leaders Group (GLG) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) have called for an urgent reduction in the quantity of antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics, used in food systems to combat rising levels of drug resistance. The group was created in November 2020 comprising of heads of state, government ministers, and representatives from the private sector and civil society from…

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SON furnishes Bauchi laboratory with testing equipment

NIGERIA – Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), has installed products quality testing equipment at the Bauchi Zonal Laboratory complex to boost the testing capacity of products in the North. The Director of Laboratory Services, Dr Barth Okoko, during the installation of the equipment, demonstration and training of staff in Bauchi, remarked that the installation of the equipment was the first…

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FSSAI awards hygiene certificates to child care centres in India

INDIA – Twenty-five rural child care centres in India (Anganwadi) of Kanniyakumari district have received Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Hygiene Rating Certificates based following a review by the authority. Anganwadis were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. According to Collector M.…

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National Cereals & Produce Board obtains ISO 9001:2015 Certification

KENYA – The National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB), a state corporation whose mandate includes procuring and managing the Country’s Strategic Food Reserve (SFR), has been accorded the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001:2015, certification, as a corroboration of the quality of their products and services to consumer. The ISO 9001:2015 which is a Quality Management System standard helps ensure…

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FAO/WHO Committee put out threshold levels for food allergens

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization has published the threshold levels in foods of the priority allergens arrived at in the second in a series of three meetings of an ad hoc Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergen. The meeting was held from 15 March to 2 April 2021. An Expert Committee, comprising scientists, regulators,…

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FoodChain ID’s subsidiary to offer organic certification services in Mexico

U.S – FoodChain ID, one of the world’s leading food safety, testing and sustainability organizations, has in response to the Mexican Organic Products Regulation (LPO), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, broadened the scope of its certification services to encompass organic certification for products sold in Mexico via its subsidiary Agricert MX. The Mexico Organic Products Law requires…

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FAO strives to boost food quality & safety in Pacific Island countries

PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES – The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is currently employing interventions in the Pacific Islands to back the formulation of food control legislation (Fiji); deliver training laboratory services and improve food safety, hygiene and biosecurity in fresh markets and enhance capacities for participation in Codex standard-setting. Many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) treasure their traditions and uphold…

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