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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FAO publishes guidance to assist in adoption of e-notification systems for food imports

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has published a guidance that will help countries  adopt e-notification systems to bolster food safety in light of increasingly complex and globalized food chains. The “Technical Guidance for the Implementation of E-Notification Systems for Food Control” (the “Technical Guidance”), outlines the legal basis, the structure and operational parameters, and the infrastructure and…

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