Three companies join GFSI coalition reinforcing its position in ensuring safe food

GLOBAL – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has expanded its membership with the addition of three new members Kersia, McDonalds, and YUM! Brand. According to GFSI, the new members display their commitment towards strengthening GFSI’s position of ensuring access to safe food for people everywhere. The Coalition’s membership now totals 42 Companies, all of whom are members of The…

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FDA proposes amendment to requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging

U.S – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended an amendment to the requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging, so as to be consistent with present nutrition science, the Nutrition Facts label and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The proposed rule intends to more accurately take into account how nutrients from different food groups interact and…

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TOMRA FOOD partners with ICOEL to strengthen customer support for fruit packers

EUROPE – In accordance with the agreement struck between TOMRA Food, a leader in post-harvest solutions, and ICOEL S.r.l., ICOEL will serve as TOMRA Food’s integrated business partner for Europe and our partner in cherry solutions for LATAM. ICOEL has been operating in the fruit and vegetable industry for fifty years becoming a leading company in the design, construction and…

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Israeli government adopts European food safety standards to lower cost of living

ISRAEL – In an effort to lower the exorbitant cost of living in the nation, the Israeli government has authorized a plan to follow European food safety standards, abolishing the great majority of Israeli requirements. The changes will affect the production and import of items such as canned vegetables, pasta, rice, candies, spices, soup powder, condiments and milk products, among…

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PELA Commodities finalizes installation of Uganda’s first Aflatoxin removal machine

UGANDA – PELA Commodities, a Ugandan company that buys, processes, packages and markets agricultural grain products, is set to commence operations after finalizing the installation of Uganda’s first Aflatoxin removal machine, TOXI-SCRUB. The machine was created by Eye-Grain, and Perry Engineering Ltd, a certified TOXI-SCRUB system reseller, delivered it together with the grain handling equipment. It was set up by…

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FAO, SADC debut Regional Agricultural Information Management System

AFRICA – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have together unveiled the first SADC Agricultural Information Management System (AIMS), a platform to generate agricultural data for the region’s evidence-based decision-making. For policy-makers, the lack of trustworthy and consistent data in the agricultural sector in Southern Africa has always been…

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Food Standards Scotland cautions on repercussions of Retained EU Law

SCOTLAND – Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a warning that if the Retained EU Law (Reform and Revocation) Bill is advanced in its current form, there are significant risks and effects for Scottish consumers in relation to food safety and standards. The Bill was announced in January 2022 with the intention of making it simpler to change, replace, and…

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FDA launches two strategies for combating foodborne outbreaks in mushrooms, onions

U.S – As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) New Era of Smarter Food Safety’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan, the regulator has launched two new food safety prevention techniques to stop outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. The strategies aim to prevent outbreaks of foodborne listeriosis and salmonellosis linked to imported enoki and wood ear mushrooms as well…

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FDA publishes current initiatives to improve safety of imported food

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published an overview of its current initiatives to improve the safety of imported food in a paper titled “Activities to Enhance the Safety of Imported Produce”. The document comes after the FDA’s 2019 document, “Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food (Import Strategy),” which outlines the organization’s strategy to improve…

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Tanzania picks up tips on Codex work, food safety standards from Uganda

UGANDA/TANZANIA – Uganda’s National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which also serves as the CCAFRICA Coordinator, has completed a four-day session of twinning and mentoring on Codex Activities between Tanzania and Uganda. The twinning agreement’s goal is to reinforce member nations’ capacity and effectiveness in managing Codex activities, particularly with regard to chairing electronic working groups and hosting and co-hosting Codex…

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