FAO commences biological pest control programme to contain Mango Mealybug in Burundi

BURUNDI – The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa and the Ministry of the Environment, Agriculture and Livestock have efficaciously released biological control agents of the Mango Mealybug in Burundi. The biological control agent release was done in two provinces of Burundi, in the months of April and May in two rounds, aiming to effectively control…

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EFSA set to reduce Acceptable Daily Intake recommendation for copper

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is set to cut the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for copper from all sources in food from 0.15 mg/kg of body weight (bw) to 0.07 mg/kg bw based on an updated evaluation of the scientific evidence. EFSA’s Scientific Committee was asked to review the ADI for copper used in the various sectors…

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USDA initiates awareness campaign to prevent spread of African swine fever

U.S – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has initiated an outreach and awareness campaign dubbed “Protect Our Pigs”, to prevent the introduction and spread of African swine fever (ASF) in the U.S. Through the campaign, APHIS will support commercial pork producers, veterinarians and pig owners with information and resources to safeguard…

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FAO embarks on research to fight against Fall Armyworm in West Africa

WEST AFRICA – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has initiated a three-year Global Action for Fall Armyworm control in West Africa, to ensure a strong coordinated approach at national, regional and global levels. In West Africa, the resurgence of plant pests, such as the Fall Armyworm, severely limits producers’ efforts and threatens the production targets set by Governments to…

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Regional regulators call for improved food safety control systems in Africa

AFRICA – Experts have underscored the need to reinforce Africa’s food safety especially through food control systems, if any progress is to be seen in the continent. This was during a regional virtual event to mark World Food Safety Day, co-organized by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Regional Office for Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office…

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