FDA seeks external aid in evaluating its food program amidst discontent on performance

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to commission external agency experts to conduct a comprehensive review of its food program in response to increased calls for improvements, including a bill to create a new agency. “While America’s food supply is safe, and our foods program experts have significantly contributed to the availability of more nutritious food…

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France to cut use of nitrates, nitrites in food due to cancer risks

FRANCE – Following a risk assessment by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES), France might soon ban the use of nitrites in food which has been linked to cancer. The move follows a French parliament bill in February aiming to gradually reduce the use of nitrites in cured meats which called on the government…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria issues MANCAP Certification to 12 companies

NIGERIA – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has issued certificates of Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme (MANCAP) to 12 companies operating in Kano as a way of improving product standardization. The Director General of the Agency Malam Faruk Salim noted that the certificate is not a ‘cash and carry’ exercise, rather a scientific approach to ensure all facets of production…

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Kenyan Government to put up hot water treatment facility to boost horticultural exports

KENYA – The government of Kenya through the Agriculture and Food Authority [AFA], has planned to launch a hot water treatment facility in Nairobi to boost export of Kenya’s horticulture products to international markets. Agriculture CS Peter Munya said the hot water treatment plant is a viable intervention for the fruit fly issue and by establishing this facility, Kenya will…

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Study shows SARS-CoV-2 can survive on frozen meat for 30 days

U.S – A study by researchers at the Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, has revealed that viruses similar to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) can survive on frozen meat and fish for up to a month. Prompted by COVID outbreaks in Asia in which packaged meat was suspected as the virus’ source, the research was…

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