Sindh Food Authority to launch mobile food testing lab

INDIA – The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is planning to launch a mobile food testing laboratory to ensure the quality of food items and implementation of hygiene and safety standards in the Indian state. Imran Bhatti, Director General of SFA, stated this in a meeting with representatives of the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI). Additionally present were Vice…

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Stakeholders call for swifter action to combat antimicrobial resistance

OMAN – The Third Global High-Level Ministerial Conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, hosted in Muscat, Oman, has spelt out targets to address the global antimicrobial resistance (AMR) challenge, that risks becoming a global health and developmental threat. The conference concludes World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, an annual week-long global effort that brings together leaders from all industries to emphasize the steps needed…

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IAEA partners with FAO to boost food safety testing capabilities of laboratories

ASIA – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have finalized a regional project in Asia and the Pacific with laboratories in 14 countries aimed at helping them boost their food safety testing capabilities.  This was done to help countries improve food safety and adhere to the strict requirements of import and export controls.…

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New Dairy Manufacturing Africa event to connect dairy industry in Africa and globally

KENYA – FW Africa, the publishers of leading magazines and organisers of several successful events in Africa’s food industry has announced a new event that will change the game in the dairy industry in Africa. The Dairy Manufacturing Africa Summit & Expo, which is planned for September 21-22, 2023 in Nairobi, Kenya, will bring together the key stakeholders from the…

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South African Bureau of Standards gets new Board after four-year absentia

SOUTH AFRICA – After four years of functioning without a permanent Board or a full-time Chief Executive Officer, the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Competition has named eight individuals to the board of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) for a five-year term. Ebrahim Patel, the Minister of Trade and Industry, claims that despite having been in operation for…

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Uganda’s animal feeds industry watchdog seeks to regulate sector to up quality

UGANDA – Uganda Animal Feed Manufacturers Association (UGAFMA), the umbrella organization for animal feed producers, has begun a campaign to rid the industry of quacks by requiring all dealers to adhere to certain standards. Members of UGAFMA met with representatives from the Ministries of Agriculture and Trade to discuss enforcing standards in their industry earlier in the week. “As players…

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Food Standards Scotland appoints four new Board members

SCOTLAND – The Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has appointed four new Board members who will support the organization’s efforts to safeguard consumers from food safety hazards and encourage a healthy diet. The new Board members, Mrs. Christina Bichan, Dr. Paula Charlesworth, Mr. Phillip Couser, and Miss Kate Richards, were all chosen by Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Public Health, Women’s…

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Ireland records ongoing adherence to permitted residues in food

IRELAND – The National Residue Control Plan (NRCP) tests conducted in 2021 by the Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine (DAFM) have revealed that 99.89% of the food samples taken were compliant and contained no indications of permitted or banned pollutants. The NRCP involves testing for banned substances, approved veterinary medicines, approved animal feed additives, and environmental contaminants. Over…

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EFSA GMO panel declares herbicide-tolerant maize MON 87429 safe

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) GMO Panel has declared herbicide-tolerant maize MON 87429 safe for import, processing, and food and feed uses within the European Union (EU). On 2 October 2019, Bayer Agriculture submitted the EFSA-GMO-NL-2019-161 application under Regulation (EU) No 503/2013, requesting that the EFSA GMO Panel provide a Scientific Opinion on the safety of GM…

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FDA works to prevent Cronobacter infections associated with consumption of powdered infant formula

U.S. – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a prevention plan to stop the diseases caused by Cronobacter sakazakii linked to the intake of powdered infant formula. The FDA received reports between September 2021 and February 2022 regarding four instances of infants who consumed powdered infant formula becoming ill or dying. They started an onsite inspection at the…

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