NAFDAC shuts down non-compliant water companies in Nigeria

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has closed down 27 water companies over non-compliance with rules and regulations on quality assurance. Speaking at the National Convention of the Association for Table Water Producers of Nigeria (ATWAP) in Abuja, the NAFDAC Director-General, Mojisola Adeyeye, said the action was part of the agency’s efforts towards sustaining good hygiene in the packaged water industry. “Between January and August this year, we have shut down 27 packaged water industries that are not compliant, they are under seal,…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards sensitizes natives on detection of quality goods

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has carried out a sensitization exercise that has benefited more than 11, 600 people in three districts, on criteria for identifying and buying quality goods. TBS also seized the opportunity to urge business people to register their food premises so as to legalize their operations. Out of 11,636 people reached in the campaign concluded over the weekend 7,536 were primary and secondary schools students from three districts namely Rombo in Kilimanjaro Region, Lushoto in Tanga Region and Hanang in Manyara Region. Aside…

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FSAI urges public to be cautious of cannabis edibles like jelly sweets

IRELAND – The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has urged the public to be extremely vigilant to the dangers of inadvertent consumption, particularly by children, of cannabis edibles, products such as jelly sweets containing the psychoactive cannabis component known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The FSAI issues this warning in advance of the Halloween festivities next week where small children, teenagers and adults will be celebrating and where there is an increased risk of people, particularly children, unwittingly consuming these types of products that are intentionally packaged to resemble popular brands…

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National Coffee Act, 2021 hailed by Ugandan farmers, stakeholders in coffee sector

UGANDA – The National Coffee Act, 2021, recently assented by the Ugandan president has been hailed by farmers and all stakeholders in the coffee sector as it is set to facilitate development of a competitive, participatory and sustainable coffee sub sector in accordance with the National Coffee Policy, 2013. The National Coffee Policy, 2013 aims to provide for Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) to regulate, promote and oversee the coffee sub sector; and to regulate all on-farm and off-farm activities in the coffee value chain. Uganda is the second biggest…

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Study detects toxic chemical in food from McDonald’s, Chipotle

U.S – A new study by researchers from George Washington University, the Southwest Research Institute (San Antonio, Texas), Boston University and Harvard University  has shown that phthalates, chemicals linked to health problems, have been detected in food from popular chains like McDonald’s, Chipotle and more.  The peer-reviewed analysis which was published in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology, includes items from McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Taco Bell and Chipotle locations in San Antonio, Texas. Researchers obtained 64 food samples of hamburgers, fries, chicken nuggets, chicken burritos…

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Researchers underscore importance of harmonization of agricultural regulations

AFRICA – Research experts have underscored the importance of harmonization of individual country regulations as well as the close coordination of government approaches for the long-term benefit of agricultural innovation in the African region. The experts explored the policy implications for seed systems in the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region where genetically modified (GM) crops are being approved by different countries in the area. Good seed quality is important to a country’s agricultural productivity and much more to a continental sub-region. The availability of these seeds, on the other hand, is…

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FAO upgrades global animal disease information platform EMPRES-i

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has upgraded its global animal disease information platform, the EMPRES-i+ system, to better support countries in identifying, mitigating and even forecasting severe animal diseases, like African Swine Fever (ASF). EMPRES-i+ replaces an earlier version, EMPRES-i, which was first launched in 2004 and has been widely used by hundreds of stakeholders ranging from local communities to global development partners. COVID-19 has underlined the need for greater vigilance to new threats from animal diseases. Today’s globalized and hyper-connected world allows…

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Shandong Santao Food upgrades production line by integrating TOMRA’s 5B sorter

CHINA – Shandong Santao Food, one of the leading enterprises in China’s frozen food industry, has selected TOMRA as its partner to upgrade production line automation to ensure quality, improve product value, and build its brand with cutting-edge technology. Prior to the line upgrade, Santao’s production was completely manual, which inevitably had limitations when dealing with large or emergency orders. Due to the strong seasonal characteristics of fruit and vegetable processing, recruitment of workers has become a major difficulty. In addition, the insufficient availability of labor would be even more…

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Eat Just’s plant-based egg chief ingredient declared safe

U.S – Eat Just, Inc., a private company that develops and markets plant-based alternatives to egg and meat, has announced that the chief ingredient in its popular plant-based JUST Egg products, mung bean protein, has received approval from the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) expert panel on nutrition. This paves way for the inceptive launch of JUST Egg to take place in Europe in mid-2022 after the European Commission winds up its review. By participating in the European Union’s novel food process and passing the EFSA Panel on Nutrition, Novel…

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Hong Kong Consumer Council discover carcinogenic substances in biscuits

CHINA – An analysis by the Hong Kong Consumer Council has found cancer-causing substances in all 60 pre-packaged biscuits tested with a majority displaying misleading nutrition labels. The biscuits contained the genotoxic carcinogens glycidol or acrylamide or both, which are contaminants produced during processing. These cancer-causing contaminants often emerge when processing certain ingredients, such as palm oil, at high temperatures. Among the Top 5 biscuits with the most cancer-causing agents were Malaysian favourites such as Hup Seng Special Cream Crackers, Ritz Crackers Cheese Flavoured Sandwich, Jacob’s Original Cream Crackers 93%…

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