Health experts fault Malawi’s standards watchdog for green lighting substandard spirit

MALAWI – Malawian health experts have faulted the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) for allowing PressCane Limited (PCL), an ethanol distillery in Malawi, to sell its rectified spirit to the public which, they had previously labelled as substandard. Rectified spirit, also known as neutral spirits, is highly concentrated ethanol that has been purified by means of repeated distillation in a…

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GSA partners with Ghana Police Service to train standards inspectors

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has partnered with the Ghana Police Service to train standards inspectors to fight against the importation of inferior goods. Speaking at the 10th edition of the Quality Awards by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Professor Alex Dodoo, the Director General of the GSA, said these inspectors will be equipped to check the…

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CABIO Biotech receives organic certification for products

CHINA – CABIO Biotech, a manufacturer of food additives, has obtained the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Organic certification for its Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Oil, Aquatic plants Seaweed and DHA Algae Oil. It received the notification from organic certification organization Ecocert SA. EcoCert SA is a certification body on sustainable development, founded in France in 1991. It is based…

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United Fresh Produce Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association release 2nd edition of labelling guide

U.S/CANADA – United Fresh Produce Association, the industry’s leading trade association, and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have released the Second Edition of the USA/Canada Labeling Guide to support industry understanding of the differences and similarities for labeling compliance in both countries. With significant changes to both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory and business requirements, the two associations collaborated…

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FSSAI finalizes guidelines on advertisement of food products

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has finalized guidelines to regulate claims and advertisements by food business operators in relation to consumable food items. These regulations are aimed at establishing fairness in claims and advertisements of food products and make food businesses accountable for such claims/advertisements to protect consumer interests. With the COVID-19 pandemic and…

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Food business operators undergo FoSTaC training on food safety

INDIA – The Department of Food Safety in India has organized a Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) training program for food business operators (FBOs) on basic hygiene, sanitation, storage and other important parameters related to food safety. The training program was organized on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Rajouri, Rajesh K Shavan, and inaugurated by the Additional District Development…

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Tomato farmers put on high alert for destructive Tomato brown rugose fruit virus

KENYA – Africa’s tomato farmers have been urged to be on red alert for the Tomato brown rugose fruit virus (ToBRFV) that has been causing mayhem in most tomato-growing countries. Speaking during African Seed Trade Association (AFSTA) Congress this year, Dr. Isaac Macharia, General Manager, Phytosanitary Services at the Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), said countries in Africa are…

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Egerton University’s study shows Kenya risks facing food insecurity following pesticides ban

KENYA – An independent study by Egerton University’s Tegemeo Institute has shown that coffee, wheat and maize  farmers are inclined to suffer 90% yield losses if the government pushes through with the ban in popular pesticide ingredients. The ban was prompted by a bill sponsored by Uasin Gishu Woman Representative Gladys Boss Shollei, which seeks the ban of at least…

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Study shows high rates of adulteration in Europe’s culinary herbs and spices

EUROPE – The European Union’s (EU’s) Joint Research Centre (JRC) has during a study on the authenticity of culinary spices and herbs sold in the EU, revealed that 17% of all the products are adulterated. The study was commissioned by the European Commission amid concerns over the scale of “food fraud” arising from adulterated herbs and spices being on sale…

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CABI allies with Rainforest Alliance to aid farmers grow safe, high quality food

GLOBAL – The Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI) and the Rainforest Alliance , an international organization championing for sustainable agriculture, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on ways to help smallholder farmers around the world grow safer and higher quality food and increase their incomes in the process, through more sustainable agricultural practices. CABI is…

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