Ghana Atomic Energy Commission advises manufacturers to carry out radiology tests on water

GHANA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), the state organization in Ghana involved with surveillance of the use of nuclear energy, has urged owners of boreholes and producers of sachet and bottled water to test for radiological water quality. The Commission said this would ensure the safety of drinking water, thereby preventing the long-term incidence of cancers in people…

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GFSI launches pilot for benchmarking requirements for food safety auditors

GLOBAL – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has launched the first live pilot of its Benchmarking Requirements for Food Safety Auditors’ Professional Recognition Bodies (PRBs), subsequent to a fruitful consultation period. The new Benchmarking Requirements will be tested through a pilot with Exemplar Global, an industry leader in competency-based personnel certifications, who applied to become a GFSI-recognized PRB, and…

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FDA to research on symbols to be used in conveying “healthy” nutrient content claim

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing a 30-day procedural notice on the preliminary quantitative consumer research it plans to conduct on voluntary symbols that could be used in the future to convey the nutrient content claim “healthy.” This notice summarizes and responds to the comments the FDA received on a 60-day procedural notice issued in…

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Pairwise unveils consumer label with gene edited leafy salad greens as flagship product

U.S – Pairwise, a US-based company that uses CRISPR technology and gene editing to develop new varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables, has unveiled its first consumer label, Conscious Foods. The introduction of Conscious Foods represents a significant next step in the Pairwise mission to build a healthier world through better fruits and vegetables using CRISPR and gene editing to…

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FDA launches new online tool to familiarize farmers with proposed rule on agricultural water

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a new online tool to help farmers understand the requirements of the proposed rule on carrying out agricultural water valuations. If finalized, the rule will replace the microbial criteria and testing requirements for pre-harvest agricultural water for covered produce other than sprouts. The Agricultural Water Assessment Builder v. 1.0 is…

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Cornell AgriTech, Sun World International develop two grape varieties after 13 years of work

U.S – Cornell AgriTech, an agricultural research station and Sun World International, a global fruit genetics and licensing company, have developed two grape varieties that have better growing characteristics for farmers and offer new flavors for consumers. The 13-year collaboration has led to the development of Sugrafiftytwo, an ultra-early ripening green seedless grape variety with a sweet Muscat flavor and…

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Bord Bia develops new Food Processor Standard to promote sustainability

IRELAND – Bord Bia, an Irish state agency that promotes sales of Irish food, has developed a new Food Processor Standard (FPS) that requires processors to submit a three-to-five-year sustainability plan. The new standard combines and replaces the Meat Processor Quality Assurance Standard (MPQAS) and the Prepared Fruit and Vegetable Standard (PFVS). The MPQAS was developed for meat factories that…

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Survey finds allergic reactions to rapeseed oil in UK to be minimal

UK – The Food Standards Agency (FSA)  and the Food Standards Agency Scotland (FSS)  have based on the lack of reports of adverse reactions to refined rapeseed oil in the UK population, and lack of evidence of severe illness or deaths, hinted the frequency of allergic reactions to refined rapeseed oil to be very low. This is after it received…

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TradeMark East Africa boosts Uganda National Bureau of Standards’ laboratory testing capacity

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has received a boost in laboratory testing equipment donated by Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) with support from the Danish Government. The equipment worth USD 1,885,280  will enable UNBS to decentralize its laboratory testing services to its Regional Offices in Mbarara, Gulu and Mbale, hence take the testing services closer to…

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Fonterra invents genome sequencing device for probiotics

NEW ZEALAND – Fonterra, a global dairy nutrition company, has invented a genome sequencing device, the MinION, that can spit out DNA results from probiotic at a fast pace and a quarter of the cost, enhancing food safety. Probiotics are specific strains of live bacteria or yeast proven to have a beneficial effect on health. These are commonly consumed in…

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