Kenya, Pakistan scrap trade barriers, set to sign MoU on products standards

KENYA/PAKISTAN – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Pakistan Standard Quality and Control Authority (PSQCA) are set to soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on matters of standards for products. This comes after the two countries, Kenya and Pakistan, announced the removal of the ‘Attestation Fee’ that was previously being charged by the Pakistan High Commission in Nairobi, culminating a long-standing tariff war that hurt trade between the two countries. Pakistan slapped the fee on Kenyan tea when it initiated taxation of Pakistan rice at 75 per cent…

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USDA releases update to its HACCP Model for canned products

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released an update to its “HACCP Model for Thermally Processed, Commercially Sterile Product” guideline, replacing the 1997 version. The HACCP regulations require establishments to develop and implement a system of controls designed to address safety hazards reasonably likely to occur in their production process.  Therefore, this HACCP model’s focus, and the focus of the other HACCP models, is on product safety, not product quality characteristics. The new guideline says that thermally processed, commercially sterile (TPCS)…

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PFSE targets users of food delivery services in food safety campaign

U.S – The Partnership for Food Safety Education (PFSE) has launched a new national campaign to help food delivery users ensure the safety of their delivered foods. This is in response to the increasing usage of food delivery services, and as National Food Safety Education Month kicks off. The campaign, entitled “Prep Yourself: Food is on the Way,” is the first national food safety campaign to specifically target users of food delivery services, and it seeks to encourage safe food handling at home and to educate consumers on what to…

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Bureau of Indian Standards to establish quality standards for fortified rice processing machines

INDIA – The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), is looking to set quality standards for machines that make fortified rice kernels, as the country aims to tackle malnutrition by stepping up efforts to provide fortified rice through various government programmes. Rice fortification is done in order to increase essential micronutrients in rice to improve the nutritional quality of the food supply. In India, rice is fortified largely by using extrusion technology. Under the extrusion process, milled rice is first pulverized and mixed with a premix containing vitamins and minerals. Fortified…

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