Shimadzu adopts new management structure to further growth

JAPAN – Shimadzu Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of scientific instrumentation, has adopted a new management leadership structure in order to achieve further growth and increase its corporate value in the global market. Akira Nakamoto who is the current Representative Director, Chairman of the Board, has been appointed as Director, Senior Advisor. He is expected to resign as…

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UK Supermarket slapped with one-star food hygiene rating following inspection

UK – ASDA Stores Ltd., a British supermarket chain, has been slapped with a one star rating out of a maximum of five after food hygiene inspectors discovered pizza toppings past their use-by date. The supermarket in east London was keeping the packs, including chicken, meatball and steak varieties, in a fridge when the officials visited. It was told ‘it…

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Solidaridad together with Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture create local GAP standard

MOZAMBIQUE – Solidaridad, an international civil society organization, has joined forces with the Ministry of Agriculture, Mozambique and INNOQ, a food security institute, to create a local Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) standard called the Mocambique Boas Practicas (MozBoPa). This is in response to a study that disclosed high levels of pesticide residue on produce sold around Mozambique. The Standard, which…

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Ghana launches food safety management scheme to promote consumer safety

GHANA – Ghana has launched a scheme dubbed ‘Angalia Food Safety Alliance (AFSA) certification Scheme’ to promote quality system and safety management in the food value chain. The scheme which was unveiled by JobTrust Services Limited, seeks to create quality system for safety, fair human treatment of animals and good environmental stewardship. JobTrust Services Limited is the manager for Angalia…

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AgBiome develops bio-based crop protection solutions with support from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

AFRICA – AgBiome, producer of high-quality crop protection solutions from microbial organisms, has received additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to extend its operations in sub-Saharan Africa. The funding will enable AgBiome to proceed to phase 2 of its research aimed to develop novel, efficacious, safe and low-cost microbial pesticides for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan African countries.…

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FDA Ghana orders food service establishments to acquire Food Hygiene Permits

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority Ghana (FDA Ghana) has notified all operators of food service establishments that it is illegal to operate without a valid Food Hygiene Permit. Section 130 (1) of the Public Health Act 2012, (Act 851), states that, “A person shall not manufacture for sale, sell, supply or store products regulated under this part except…

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NAFDAC impounds 80 bags of unwholesome wheat

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has impounded 80 bags of alleged unwholesome wheat in Gombe state, Nigeria. Mr. James Agada, the Gombe State NAFDAC Coordinator, told newsmen in Gombe shortly after the exercise that the wheat was treated with insecticides meant for planting and hence  not healthy for public consumption. Following investigation,…

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FDA draft rule to amend food contact surface effectiveness regulations

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a new rule to amend the regulations on the method and circumstances for determining the lack of effectiveness of a food contact substance. The proposal if confirmed will among other things, allow the FDA additional flexibility in how it determines that food contact substance notification (FCN) is no longer…

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China publishes new rules to fast-track gene editing of crops in country, UK to follow suite

CHINA – China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs has published new regulations for the approval of gene-edited plants, amid a raft of measures aimed at overhauling the country’s seed industry, which is seen as a weak link in efforts to ensure national food security. The draft rules stipulate that once gene-edited plants have completed pilot trials, a production certificate…

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Codex approval of steviol glycosides production technology to boost production of low-sugar foods

ITALY – International food standards body Codex Alimentarius has adopted the specifications for four different technologies for the production of steviol glycosides. The four production technologies approved by Codex are stevia leaf extract, steviol glycosides from bioconversion, steviol glycosides from fermentation and glucosylated steviol glycosides. The International Stevia Council (ISC) has welcomed the move will boost access to sugar-reducing solutions…

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