Oil-based systems show promise for eliminating salmonella on food production machinery

U.S – Research published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology suggests that oil formulations with food-grade organic acids can kill dried Salmonella on stainless steel surfaces. Recent Salmonella outbreaks have been linked to peanut butter and chocolate. Although Salmonella cannot grow in either of these low-water foods, the cells survive, becoming more resistant to heat treatment, which has contributed to recent…

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UNIDO develops workshop to train laboratory analysts in Ghana

GHANA – The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)  has developed a state-of-the-art virtual workshop to enhance the capacities of conformity assessment service providers in its member states to acquire ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation. Developing countries are constantly striving to enhance their export competitiveness, strengthen their export base and become more integrated with international trade flows. As a joint effort between …

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FDA Ghana calls on water producers to ensure full line quality control measures

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), has entreated producers of packaged drinking water to consider full line quality control measures in ensuring their products are free of microbial contaminants. This comes after recent reports that declared most potable water brands on the market contaminated with faecal coliform. The FDA said the risk of microbial contamination remains high in…

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Researchers develop fluorescence sensing platform for visual monitoring of food safety

CHINA – A research team led by Prof. Jiang Changlong from the Institute of Solid State, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has designed a method that could aid in the development of food quality control evaluation systems for gallic acid. The research team constructed a multi-emitting europium metal organic framework fluorophore for…

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Consumers in Uganda die after consuming toxic alcoholic drink

UGANDA – At least 17 people have perished and several others hospitalized after consuming toxic liquor from a roadside kiosk in Northern Uganda. According to the Head of the Uganda National Bureau of Standards, the victims in the city of Arua had consumed a local gin named City 5 that contained methanol – a poisonous form of alcohol sometimes used…

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Study reveals high Brucella contamination in Tunisia’s raw dairy products

TUNISIA – A study has revealed a high rate of Brucella contamination in dairy products in Tunisia, shortly after another study conducted in Kenya discovered a cocktail of micro-organisms in milk. The study investigated the occurrence of Brucella in 200 raw milk, ricotta, and artisan fresh cheese samples, collected from four districts in Tunisia. Brucellosis is a significant public health…

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Liberian President passes bill to establish Liberia Standards Authority

LIBERIA – The President of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. Dr. George Manneh Weah, has during the National Flag day signed into law a series of iconic bills, among them being an “Act to Establish the Liberia Standards Authority.” The official Facebook page of the Liberia Presidency and government websites describe the measures as a spur to national inclusiveness and…

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Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana calls for clamp down on smuggled wheat flour

GHANA – The Importers and Exporters Association of Ghana has called on the government of Ghana and the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to ban the influx of smuggled wheat flour from Ivory Coast to save the local flour milling companies. According to the Association, most of these imported wheat flours are either unwholesome or smuggled through unapproved routes into…

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IAEA develops methods for testing vet drugs residues in aquaculture

AUSTRIA – A recently completed International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Coordinated Research Project (CRP) has resulted in the establishment of 37 new laboratory analytical methods used to ensure the safety of aquaculture products and protect consumers. The overall objective of the CRP was to contribute to enhancing national control programmes for residues of veterinary pharmaceuticals and related chemicals, in aquaculture…

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Bilacon, QSI working on verifying authenticity of instant coffee

GERMANY – Laboratory service providers bilacon and QSI are establishing a new method to verify the authenticity of instant coffee, which has been subject to economically motivated adulteration. Soluble coffee, or instant coffee, is dried coffee extract in powder form that is infused with hot water. According to Directive 1999/4/EC, the extract may only be obtained from roasted coffee beans…

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