FSSAI introduces new regulatory framework for foreign import facilities

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has announced a new more stringent regulatory framework for foreign facilities that transport food to India in order to ensure the safe import of food products. The Food Safety and Standards (Import) First Amendment Regulations, 2021 have been published consequent to a year of consultations with industry stakeholders, amending the 2017 regulations. According to the regulations, foreign food manufacturing facilities that produce certain kinds of products for export to India will be required to register with the FSSAI and…

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Ghana FDA launches Street Food Vending Permit to promote good hygienic practices

GHANA – The Food and Drug Authority (FDA), Ghana, in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Ghana, and the Korley Klottey Municipal Assembly (KOKMA), has launched the Street Food Vending Permit, to promote good hygienic practices among vendors. The event brought together over 50 street food vendors from the municipality and representatives from the Traditional and Indigenous Caterers Association of Ghana, a novelty body to promote Ghanaian indigenous foods and its safe consumption. “Street food micro-industries are vital for the economic planning and development of many societies however,…

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FlexXray unveils new hi-tech inspection facility in South Carolina U.S

U.S — FlexXray, a leading provider of x-ray inspection services focused on food safety, has announced the opening of a new hi-tech United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-registered inspection facility specializing in foreign material Quality Assurance (QA) Hold resolution services in South Carolina, U.S. The demand for FlexXray’s industry-leading services in the Southeast region has rapidly increased among the vital food and beverage production facilities in this area of the country. The new 42,000-square-foot facility will provide the fastest, safest and most accurate foreign…

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Canada’s government announces funding for meat processing plants

CANADA – The government of Canada have availed up to Canadian$ 7 million (US$ 5,592,125) to rapidly increase processing capacity in meat processing plants across the Ontario province and enable continuous production of safe and high-quality meat. The Meat Processors Capacity Improvement Initiative, through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, will provide up to CA$150,000 (US$ 119831) per project for handling and processing equipment that increase efficiency, productivity and food safety. The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, CA$3-billion (US$ 2396625000) joint funding initiative of the federal and provincial governments to support…

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NAFDAC counsels Nigerians to reduce salt intake, raises alarm over illegal sachet water brands

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has counselled Nigerians to stop the consumption of non-iodized salt, sodium, to prevent health complications. Prof. Christianah Adeyeye, the Director-General of NAFDAC, gave the advice at the University of Abuja, at a stakeholders meeting on ‘Evaluation Implementation and Scale-up of Nigeria’s National Sodium Reduction Activities. She enlightened that the objectives of the meeting are to present the preliminary findings of the first phase of the project which involves surveys carried out in FCT, Ogun and Kano and…

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