NAFDAC impounds packs of unhealthy cereals in raids

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has confiscated packs of suspected unhealthy cereals worth over N60 million (US$ 145,802) in the course of its ongoing raids across the country. The NAFDAC Director-General Mojisola Adeyeye who disclosed this during a news briefing in Lagos, said the unwholesome products could be dangerous to the health of infants. While advising the public to be more vigilant and to report any suspicious activities relating to fake food items and drugs, she explained that the products in question…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards trains grape farmers on required product standards

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has trained over 100 grape growers and processors in Dodoma region on the standards requirements as well as the best grape farming principles. The training which will help the stakeholders to manage grapes in its value chain and increase the crop’s value in the market, was conducted by TBS officials in three areas Dodoma City, Hombolo and Mpunguzi Dodoma. “The training also focused on good processing and hygiene regulations, various grape and grape processing technologies, business registration, packaging as well as product…

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ISAAA holds discussions on regulatory updates on gene-edited plant products

ASIA/AUSTRALIA – The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) and its network of Biotechnology Information Centers, in partnership with Murdoch University, have held discussions focused on the latest scientific and regulatory updates on gene-edited (GEd) plant products in Asia and Australia. ISAAA is a non-profit international organization that shares agricultural biotechnology, focusing on genetic engineering. The aim was to share knowledge and advice about the technology and regulations related to it to provide the intended beneficiaries with advice on the production and international trade of the GEd…

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FSSAI seeks public input on GMOs draft regulation

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has solicited views of the public on its draft regulation on manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of any food or food ingredient derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs). FSSAI has given 60 days from the date of issue of the draft notification for any objections or suggestions from the public. The draft states that all food products having individual genetically engineered ingredients one per cent or more should be labelled as “Contains GMO/ingredients derived from GMO.” The regulation…

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Ghana FDA reiterates commitment to back intra-African trade

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) Ghana has echoed its commitment to support the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) initiatives aimed at promoting intra-African trade. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the just-ended 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair held in Durban, South Africa, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, responsible for Technical Operations at the FDA, Mrs. Akua Amartey, said the FDA would want to advocate for the speedy harmonization of regulatory requirements across the continent, to reduce undue cost that businesses incur while trading their products…

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Malaysia records nationwide decline in food poisoning cases

MALAYSIA – The Malaysian Ministry of Health has reported a nationwide decline in the number of food poisoning cases recording 123 cases till September 2021 compared to 288 cases over the same period in the previous year. The Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin, said although the situation is under control, the ministry will continue to implement various promotional activities and interventions to improve the level of food safety and prevent food poisoning to protect the people. “Food safety is something that must not be taken lightly. Productivity can be increased through…

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ASARECA drafts new regional policy on agricultural, trade reforms

UGANDA – The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA), are drafting a new regional policy on agricultural and trade  reforms to boost trade between member states. ASARECA brings together stakeholders in the agricultural sector to generate, share and promote knowledge and innovations to solve common challenges facing agriculture in the member countries. The member states include Burundi, DR Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The Executive Director, Mr. Enock Warinda, made the remarks during the opening of a dialogue…

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FDA urges Ghana’s food producers to register products

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana, has urged producers in Ghanaian industries to register their products with the FDA as mandated by law. The Volta and Oti Regional Director of the FDA, Mr. Gorden Akurugu, notified that any product without an FDA permit could not be imported or exported hence the need for all product owners to collaborate with the FDA to get rid of unregistered products in the system. Mr. Akurugu gave the advice in an engagement dubbed “Agri-Business Financing” organized by the Association of Ghana…

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