EFSA, ECHA kick off parallel consultations on glyphosate evaluations

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) have started parallel consultations on the initial scientific evaluations of glyphosate. In the parallel consultations, EFSA will gather feedback on the renewal assessment report on glyphosate while ECHA’s consultation is on the harmonized classification and labelling report. The initial scientific evaluations put out for consultation were…

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Florida to phase out use of polystyrene as food packaging over safety concerns

U.S – The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has begun rulemaking to phase out the use of polystyrene products in Florida grocery stores, markets, convenience stores, and other regulated businesses. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried announced the major consumer and environmental policy initiative at a press conference in Sarasota. For 100 years, polystyrene food packaging products like Styrofoam cups,…

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SON reaffirms commitment to support SMEs through product standardization

NIGERIA – Director General of the Standards Organization of Nigeria, (SON), Farouk A. Salim, has reaffirmed the commitment of his agency to bolster up Nigeria’s estimated 40 million Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to break into the  African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), through effective standardization of their products. This was even as he hinted that SON might lobby National…

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Universities join hands to research on smart tech tools to aid in remote auditing

NEW ZEALAND – A University of Canterbury-led project has explored the opportunities and challenges of remote auditing using drone, satellite imaging and artificial intelligence, to ensure farmers and other food industry businesses are following health and safety rules. Remote auditing of companies involved in food production and processing has become a growing trend since the Covid-19 pandemic began early last…

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UK confirms positive case of BSE in cattle herd

UK – The United Kingdom (UK) has confirmed a positive case of classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in its cattle herd, joining Brazil which confirmed two cases earlier this month subsequent to laboratory testing. BSE is a brain disorder in adult cattle that may be spread to humans through diseased meat. The disease was detected in a six-year-old dairy cow…

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