NAFDAC shuts down 38 sachet water production outlets

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), has closed down 38 sachet water production outlets in Sokoto State, Nigeria, for flouting various production laws. NAFDAC State Coordinator in Sokoto, Malam Garba Adamu, disclosed in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that no fewer than 300 sachet water popularly called “Pure Water” production outlets were registered in the 23 local government areas in the state. He noted that the exercise was part of the routine operations of the agency aimed at safeguarding…

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Ghana’s FDA conducts training to milk sellers on GMPs, regulatory requirements

GHANA – The Food and Drug Authority (FDA) of Ghana, through its Ashanti Regional Office, has conducted a three-day one-on-one training for sellers and producers of a common milk-based millet drink, popularly called ‘Brukina’ at Aboabo Number 2 and neighboring communities, within the Kumasi Metropolis, to ensure public health and safety. As part of the training, participants were taken through basic Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) which included the safe and effective handling of the raw materials fresh milk, millet, and water. To avoid contamination, it was echoed that only potable…

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Milestone in frozen food industry as researchers develop new freezing method

U.S – U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and University of California-Berkeley scientists have worked together to develop a new food freezing method that could result in safer and better-quality frozen foods while saving energy and reducing carbon emissions. The Agricultural Research Service is the USDA’s chief scientific in-house research agency. Daily, ARS focuses on solutions to agricultural problems affecting America. The new freezing method, called isochoric freezing, works by storing foods in a sealed, rigid container, typically made of hard plastic or metal, completely filled with…

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FDA remodels Education Resource Library for easier navigation

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has upgraded its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) Education Resource Library to enable users to locate information faster and with more ease. The online library provides consumers, industry, educators, dietitians, health professionals, and regulators with a catalog of more than 350 printable educational materials and videos on topics related to food safety, nutrition including labeling and dietary supplements, and agricultural biotechnology. Design upgrades to the library include a new and improved cloud-based interface and key word search function. The…

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FSIS seeks public opinion on labeling of cell cultured meat, poultry

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to solicit comments and information regarding the labeling of meat and poultry products made using cultured cells derived from animals under FSIS jurisdiction.  FSIS will use these comments to inform future regulatory requirements for the labeling of such food products. “This ANPR is an important step forward in ensuring the appropriate labeling of meat and poultry products made using animal cell culture technology. We want to hear…

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