Kenyan retailers move to comply with flour brands withdrawal orders

KENYA – Supermarkets have moved to comply with an order by the standards regulator, Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), to withdraw 27 maize and porridge flour brands over quality concerns. The Retail Traders Association of Kenya (Retrak) said supermarkets had removed from their shelves the products in line with the KEBS order. When asked whether members of the association had complied with the order, the Retrak CEO, Wambui Mbarire informed Business Daily that they had done so. Retrak is the voice of the retail industry with the main objective being…

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GFSI kicks off stakeholder consultations for GLOBALG.A.P., recognizes Global Red Meat Standard

GLOBAL – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is opening a new stakeholder consultation for GLOBALG.A.P. (Good Agricultural Practices) Integrated Farm Assurance standards (IFA) version 5.4-GFS for Fruits & Vegetable, and Aquaculture, representing one of the final stages in the benchmarking process against the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1. GLOBALG. A.P. refers to an internationally accepted set of farm standards and is recognized in more than 100 countries and by GFSI. This important step of the GFSI Benchmarking Process ensures its transparency and robustness, inviting interested stakeholders to review and…

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SCS Consulting Services ventures into food safety consultancy

U.S – SCS Consulting Services, a leading provider of sustainability, food safety and quality solutions, has announced the launch of its new food safety consultancy to support corporations in navigating the international food safety regulatory landscape as well as the ever-growing body of industry- and consumer-based food and food safety certification programs. A subsidiary of SCS Global Services, an international pioneer and leader in sustainability standards development and third-party certification of environmental, social, safety and quality performance, SCS Consulting Services has added food safety to its expanding list of sustainability…

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Scientists discover cronobacter in RTE foods of plant origin

POLAND – Scientists in Poland have uncovered the presence of cronobacter in samples of nuts, seeds and dried fruit during a study aimed at determining the microbiological quality of commercial ready-to-eat food (RTE) products of plant origin. Analyses were carried out on 64 samples of nuts, dried fruits, candied fruits, seeds, and mixes of seeds, dried fruits and nuts. Samples were tested for the total plate count of bacteria (TPC), counts of yeasts and molds, and the occurrence of cronobacter. Cronobacter bacteria are ubiquitous organisms often linked with life-threatening infections…

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Codex Trust Fund workshop proves prolific in Nepal

NEPAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), an international food standards body established jointly by the Food and Agriculture organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), has organized an advocacy and training workshop on codex and food safety in Nepal. The main objectives of the five-day intensive programme were to train a critical mass of officials from different agencies on Codex, to impart practical knowledge and experience through a mock-drill exercise and to identify priority follow up actions. The training workshop followed by a policy and advocacy meeting, quiz…

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