Food Standards Agency, UK Research and Innovation fund citizen-led projects on food safety

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI),  a non-departmental public body of the Government of the United Kingdom that directs research and innovation funding, has awarded £200,000 ($269,000) to six projects that connect researchers with the public on issues about food safety. One project will focus on underrepresented communities in the West Midlands to investigate levels of foodborne bacteria in the home. Another will collect data about food handling practices and antimicrobial resistant bacteria associated with home-grown produce and what impact involvement has on…

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Kenya sends delegation to Belgium in bid to resume mango exports to EU

KENYA – Kenya has dispatched a delegation to Brussels, Belgium’s capital, in its quest to redominate the lucrative European Union (EU) market with its mango exports. The team, led by Directorate of Horticulture and Kenya Health Plant Inspectorate Service (Kephis) officials, is steering negotiations to have the country access the market after nearly a decade of having not exported the produce to the EU. Kenya imposed a ban on export of its mangoes to Europe in 2012 for fears that the produce would be blacklisted due to high level of…

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Aquaculture Advisory Council highlights safety differences in farmed and caught fish

EUROPE – The Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC), a balanced stakeholder representative organization created for consultation on elements of Union policies which could affect aquaculture, has urged food safety authorities to give consumers accurate information about the risks related to fish species, as different fish production methods can cause different food safety risks. The council, which includes industry and other stakeholders, provides advice to the European Commission and member states on new regulations at the European Union (EU) or national levels that impact aquaculture. Fish contributes to a healthy diet but…

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Diagnostic experts trained to detect invasive Mango Mealy-bug pest

EASTERN AFRICA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), regulatory agency responsible for assurance on the quality of agriculture inputs and produce, are training 18 diagnostic experts from the nine countries that comprise the FAO Eastern Africa sub-region, to detect a new invasive mealy-bug pest that has arrived in the Eastern Africa sub region, called the Mango Mealy- bug. This is in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Natural History Museum, London, UK and the Centre of Phytosanitary Excellence (COPE). According to experts, the introduction of…

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