Malaysian government to tighten halal products food safety requirements

MALAYSIA – The government of Malaysia is set to put measures  in place to ensure the safety and quality of halal food products and to give a guarantee for halal meats that are imported into the country. The country’s Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, said these mechanisms will be implemented by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM),  and several related agencies in response to the imported meat cartel episode in December last year, which served as an eye-opener to many quarters regarding the importance of having a…

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Food Standard Australia, New Zealand recalls Coffin Bay Oysters

AUSTRALIA – The Food Standard Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) has recalled more than 2.5 million Coffin Bay’s raw Pacific oysters (Magallana gigas) including fresh and frozen products, following a bacterial outbreak caused by environmental conditions. The recall is for 4 September to 16 November, with the South Australian Department of Health and Wellbeing (DHW) reporting 56 cases of people falling ill and three people hospitalized. “This recall is an additional safety measure on top of the precautionary closure of the Coffin Bay Growing Area recently imposed by the Department…

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South Africa culminates 10-year avocado tiff with Tanzania

TANZANIA – South Africa has granted market access to avocado produced in Tanzania, ending 10 years of a standoff over the matter due to lack of phytosanitary certifications. South African avocado importers say they seek hard, green, and undamaged fruits that pass sanitary classification. The Acting Director of the South African Plant Health, Jan Hendrik Venter, said the decision was reached following a successful virtual bilateral engagement. “On November 9, 2021, the National Plant Protection Organization of Tanzania (NPPO) provided a pre-recorded video presentation to the National Plant Protection Organisation…

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Hotel & Restaurant Associations conduct food safety workshop for food business operators

INDIA –  Jammu and Kashmir Hotel and Restaurant Association (JKHARA), an organization representing the hotel and restaurant industry of the Eastern states, has held a training-cum-interactive workshop on the implementation of food safety measures among food business operators (FBOs). This was in collaboration with the department of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Restaurant Owners Association of Kashmir (RAK). As per a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), scores of food business operators and manufacturers participated in the workshop who were later given certificates. The Assistant…

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Codex updates Code of Practice on management of foodborne AMR

GLOBAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission has updated the Code of Practice and Guidance on the management of foodborne antimicrobial resistance (AMR) incorporating them into the ‘food code’ to help protect consumer health and promote fair practices in food trade. The field of antimicrobial resistance is one of the areas where new knowledge is emerging at a very fast pace. The updated document was modified to become more inclusive with regard to all food production processes. It takes into account the improved knowledge about mitigation and prevention measures throughout the…

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