Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano, Kaasmerk Matec, p-Chip Corporation tie up to increase traceability in cheese

ITALY – The Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano (CFPR) has tied up with Kaasmerk Matec (Kaasmerk), a leading producer  of casein  cheesemarks and p-Chip Corporation (p-Chip), a digital tracing technology inventor, to launch a line of food-safe and secure traceability digital labels for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheels. The new technology will deliver previously unseen levels of traceability, inventory tracking and…

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Sid’s Farm rolls out milk quality portal to easily avail information to consumers

INDIA – Sid’s Farm, one of the best dairy farms in Hyderabad, has rolled out its milk quality portal, a one of a kind initiative yet to be introduced by any dairy farm in the Indian industry. Food safety and quality are important factors for ensuring wholesome, hygienic, and safe milk and milk products to consumers. With this portal, relevant…

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Brakebush Brothers’ microbiology food testing laboratory attains ISO 17025:2017 accreditation

U.S – Brakebush Brothers, a provider of “further processed chicken” has announced its microbiology food testing laboratory has attained ISO 17025:2017 accreditation in conjunction with American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). ISO/IEC 17025 is developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is the highest globally recognized quality standard in the world for calibration and testing laboratories.…

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Crop Science Centre to conduct field trials on genetically modified, gene edited barley

UK – Crop Science Centre, a coalition between the University of Cambridge and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB), is set to conduct a field trial of genetically modified and gene edited barley to check on ways of minimizing the use of synthetic fertilizers. Reduced use of synthetic fertilizers could have significant benefits for improving soil health while contributing…

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French authorities link Nestle’s Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizza to E.coli infections

FRANCE – Following much epidemiological, microbiological and traceability work, French authorities have linked Nestle’s Buitoni brand Fraîch’Up pizza to recent cases of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections. Pizzas sold since June 2021 were withdrawn and recalled in mid-March 2022 after Nestlé was told about the presence of E. coli O26 in dough used to make them. Santé publique France,…

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Uganda launches standards to facilitate safety, commercialization of edible insects

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) in partnership with Makerere University School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Systems Engineering (Food Science) alongside International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), have launched standards to govern the budding edible insects industry. The Edible Insects Standard, US 2146:2020 Edible Insects–Specification is aimed to ensure the edible insects which are…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria sensitizes rice millers on third-party milling requirements

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has sensitized hundreds of rice millers in Kano on its requirement for third-party milling as part of its mission to improve lives through standardization and quality assurance. Speaking at a one-day sensitization workshop, the Director General of the organisation, Farouk A. Salim, said the workshop was in line with the organization’s policy…

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Rwanda, DR Congo bank on standardization agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers

RWANDA/CONGO – Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) are banking on their standardization and conformity assessment agreement to eliminate non-tariff barriers and increase trade. Officials from Rwanda Standard Board (RSB) and DR Congo’s L’office Congolais de Contrôle (OCC) met in Kigali to review the progress on the implementation and discuss ways to further facilitate trade in both…

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UNBS urges Kombucha manufacturers to adhere to set standards

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has urged all Kombucha manufacturers to diligently adhere to the recently issued standards for the manufacture, handling and trade of Kombucha. During a meeting with the manufacturers under the Uganda Kombucha Manufacturers (KOMAU), the UNBS Deputy Executive Director Patricia Bageine Ejalu cautioned the over 90 manufacturers against failure to control their…

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Ghana Standards Authority engages trainees to ensure goods meet acceptable standards

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has engaged the services of 200 trainees of the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) to help ensure that imported goods and those manufactured in the country meet acceptable standards. NABCO is a Ghanaian initiative to provide jobs to unemployed post-secondary school graduates. The trainees known as the Trading Standards Officers (TSOs), have been drafted…

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