Olymel sets up in-house microbiology lab to reinforce quality control

CANADA – Olymel, a Canadian meat packing food processing company,  has set up its own central microbiology laboratory, in a bid to improve quality control. This new laboratory’s analyses will focus on detecting primary pathogens like listeria and salmonella and confirming product shelf life (expiry date). Already a priority in its operations, the company’s commitment to health, safety and quality…

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Universal Pure Holdings acquires HPP provider Hydrofresh Ltd expanding its geographic reach

U.S – Universal Pure Holdings, LLC, the largest independent provider of high-pressure processing (HPP) and cold chain solutions for food & beverage customers in North America, has acquired Hydrofresh Ltd, an outsourced HPP and cold storage provider. With a leading market presence in the Midwest, Hydrofresh was founded by Keller Logistics Group, a logistics company providing warehousing and freight brokerage…

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ADAFSA launches Abu Dhabi Agricultural Genome Programme to enhance genetic research

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) in cooperation with some national research centres in the UAE, has launched the Abu Dhabi Agricultural Genome Programme (ADAGP), in order to apply the best international practices in the field of agricultural genetic research. Considered the first of its kind in the region, the programme enhances Abu…

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Eurofins Scientific to acquire Ajal for Laboratories to support customers in Middle East

SAUDI ARABIA – Eurofins Scientific, a French group of laboratories,  has entered into a partnership with the shareholders of Saudi Ajal to successfully complete the acquisition of a majority stake in Ajal for Laboratories, a food testing laboratory based in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). Having worked together closely in the past, Eurofins and Ajal for Laboratories’ partnership will…

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Nigerian Economic Summit Group steers food safety discussions to harmonize bill

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), a private sector-led think-tank and policy advocacy group, has held an expert forum to discuss the National Food Safety and Quality Bill 2022. In his opening remark, the CEO of the NESG, Mr. Laoye Jaiyeola, said that foodborne infections, which cause many illnesses and deaths each year and have adverse economic effects…

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KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini resumes office pending appeal decision

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has revealed that its Managing Director, Mr. Bernard Njiraini, has resumed office pending a final court decision. “Thank you for this information however the MD Lt Col (Rtd.) Bernard N. Njiraini is back in the office,” read the tweet. The High Court suspended a decision that quashed the appointment of Mr. Njiraini…

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FDA urged to amend Generally Recognized as Safe regulations for food ingredients

U.S – U.S Senators are urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to come up with more stringent regulations on “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS)” substances used in food products to ensure the safety of the American population. Senator Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts has introduced the Ensuring Safe and Toxic Free Foods Act. backed by Senators Richard Blumenthal of…

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Cold Chain Federation elects Paul Bennell as new Vice President

UK – The Cold Chain Federation (CCF), the voice of the temperature-controlled supply chain in the UK, has elected Paul Bennell, Managing Director of Samworth Brothers Supply Chain (SBSC)as its new Vice President. Vice President Paul will work closely with CCF’s President Tim Moran, Lineage Logistics SVP Operations Europe, who continues his term leading the organization. Paul became Managing Director…

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