European Union outlaws use of carcinogenic food additive titanium dioxide in food

EUROPE – European Union member states have unanimously agreed to ban a widely used coloring additive for food, known as the artificial coloring E171 on labels, after finding that its carcinogenic effects cannot be ruled out. Titanium dioxide, or E171 – used to whiten and brighten products like cake icing, sweets, white sauces, medicine and cosmetics – was found to contain titanium dioxide nanoparticles. The particles have the potential to cause DNA damage, according to research conducted by the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA). The EFSA’s conclusion, based on…

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Royal DSM unveils latest technology to enable easier control of bacteria in dairy

NETHERLANDS – Royal DSM, a Dutch multinational corporation active in the fields of health, nutrition and materials, has unveiled its latest state-of-the-art innovations meant to boost the detection of bacteriophages, a virus that infects and replicates within bacteria, in the dairy sector. The DelvoPhage test kit which is the fastest phage testing kit on the market can detect phages in dairy within an hour, helping to increase cheese yield and quality, reduce waste and boost value in cheese production by 5-10%. Part of DSM’s broader phage management solution, the new…

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Seychelles issues Ceres apple juice recall, other COMESA markets follow suite

SEYCHELLES – Apex hotel supplies, one of the largest distributors in the Seychelles, has called on consumers to  return any Ceres 100% Apple Juice purchased to the company for a refund following a recall by the manufacturing firm in South Africa over mycotoxin concerns. The announcement from Apex follows a notice issued by the Competition Commission of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) that said South Africa-based Pioneer Foods is recalling some batches of Ceres 100% Apple Juice produced between June 14-30, 2021, after laboratory tests found…

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Olam Food Ingredients partners with Agri-Neo to debut pasteurized dried onions

SINGAPORE – Olam Food Ingredients (OFI), one of the world’s largest suppliers of ingredients, has joined hands with Agri-Neo, one of Canada’s top growing food safety technology companies, to provide “industry’s first organically pasteurized dried onions.”  The collaboration will reinforce OFI’s market position in dried onion ingredients and expand Agri-Neo’s pasteurization technology, Neo-Pure. Commenting on the partnership, Greg Estep, CEO of OFI’s spices platform, said the partnership will support the company’s strategy to supply natural and tailored ingredients. According to Estep, the development of the certified organic dried onion solution…

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FDA introduces new guidelines aimed at reducing sodium intake in American population

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated its guidelines on sodium levels for 163 foods, including those that are commercially processed, packaged and prepared, placing food companies in the US under renewed pressure to cut on salt use. The new guidelines are aimed at cutting the average person’s intake by 12%, by reducing sodium levels in dozens of foods including condiments, cereal, french fries and potato chips. The FDA aims to cut the average sodium intake from 3,400 to 3,000 milligrams a day over the next 2.5…

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NAFDAC raises alarm over consumption, distribution of recalled infant formulas

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians to halt the consumption and distribution of infant formulas manufactured by Able Groupe, a U.S. based company as they are deficient in iron and not at par with other US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. A statement issued by the NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Moji Adeyeye, disclosed that the agency had received information from the US-FDA on the recall of certain infant Formulas. She said that the recalled products were sold under the…

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