UNBS to commence portable laboratory testing for select consumer products

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) is set to start mobile laboratory testing for selected products authorized by the government of Uganda, in a bid to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises’ (MSMEs’) COVID-19 recovery and resilience. The products eligible for mobile laboratory testing include maize grain, maize flour and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). The development follows a boost of the UNBS Laboratory testing equipment  by the Private Sector Foundation Uganda(PSFU) under the PSFU/MasterCard Covid-19 Recovery and Resilience Programme Project. The equipment is part of PSFU’s assorted…

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California’s university receives grant to establish undergraduate major in food safety

U.S – Stanislaus State, an exceptional public university in California, has received a US$275,000 three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish a new undergraduate concentration in food safety- a vital need in the Central Valley’s agricultural industries.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that Stanislaus State is among 21 universities that have received a National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grant for the University’s Career Ready — Ag Food Safety program, which will facilitate the planning and implementation of a food safety…

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Uganda National Bureau of Standards partners with USAID to support MSMES

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Feed the Future (FtF) Uganda Inclusive Agricultural Markets (IAM) Activity, aimed at supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to improve the quality of their products, services and systems. The MoU intends to increase product certification in the areas of health, safety and food processing, standards awareness and conformity requirements among MSMEs and build capacity and certification of private labs to conduct product conformity tests.…

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European Union furnishes Bosnia with vehicles for phytosanitary inspections

BOSNIA – The European Union(EU) has furnished  the authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a country which is yet to join the EU community, with more than 30 vehicles to aid in phytosanitary inspections as well as food controls and monitoring. The 33 new off-road vehicles worth €467,000 (US$540,000) will be used by authorities in the country to support alignment with EU standards. They will help in accelerating the monitoring process in the food and feed value chain, shorten the sampling time during border inspections and cut on time spent on…

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Neogen partners with Hendrix Genetics to boost poultry quality in Africa

AFRICA – NEOGEN Corporation, a developer of food and animal safety products has partnered with Hendrix Genetics, a leading multi-species animal breeding, genetics, and technology company to support the implementation of genomic selection into Hendrix’s Sustainable Access to Poultry Parent Stock in Africa (SAPPSA) program, aimed at ensuring the supply of high-quality parent stock to African smallholder farmers. This addition will help accelerate the company’s existing recurrent test program by genotyping the elite animals across the breeding program, ensuring the SASSO breeds they cultivate are adapted to the local needs…

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FDA publicizes study results on E-coli occurrence in romaine lettuce

U.S – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has publicized the findings of a sampling assignment it conducted on romaine lettuce in Yuma County, Arizona between February and March 2021 to determine the presence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), specifically enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), and Salmonella spp. This assignment was part of the FDA’s ongoing surveillance following multistate E. coli O157:H7 outbreaks of foodborne illness in recent years linked to or potentially linked to romaine lettuce. Helping to ensure the microbiological safety of leafy greens continues to be…

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