McDonald’s accused of purging its own norms, condoning antibiotic-raised cattle in processing products

U.S – The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has published a report purporting that conventional beef producers are selling antibiotic-raised cattle to McDonald’s and other fast food outlets in the U.S. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antimicrobial resistance (AMR) arises when bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites change over time and cease to respond to medications, making illnesses more difficult…

READ MORE

FAO Farmer Field Schools yield encouraging results in fighting antimicrobial resistance

AFRICA – FAO Farmer Field Schools (FFS) has shown that changes in animal production techniques can result in judicious antimicrobial use (AMU), safe food, and higher profit margins. Results from pilots in Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, and Zimbabwe reveal that farmers who took part in the FAO’s poultry FFS boosted their efforts in infection prevention and control while decreasing their usage…

READ MORE

Codex takes its AMR Codex Texts project to Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, Nepal

GLOBAL – The Codex Alimentarius Commission has onboarded new members from Bolivia, Cambodia, Colombia, and Nepal to its AMR Codex Texts (ACT) project to enable the countries to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR).  The veterinarians Jorge Berrios (Bolivia), Ana Carrizosa (Colombia), and Sakar Shivakoti (Nepal) have a wealth of knowledge in inter-institutional coordination and health management. Pisey Oum (from Cambodia) lends…

READ MORE

FSSAI creates draft regulations for Genetically Modified food

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has created a draft set of regulations for genetically modified food, proposing that the manufacture, sale, and import of food or ingredients made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) require prior authorization from the regulator. According to the FSSAI, GMOs created for food usage will be subject to the proposed…

READ MORE

KEBS warns consumers of aflatoxin-contaminated rice

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a government organization responsible for certifying locally produced and imported commodities, has alerted Kenyans to a rice brand that is unhealthy due to high aflatoxin levels. The national certification and standardization office issued a warning in a statement shared on its social media channels about the significant aflatoxin contamination of the Polla…

READ MORE

Codex re-unites on-site to continue its standards-setting mandate

ITALY – The UN food standards body, the FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) is meeting this week to set food safety and quality standards to protect consumer health and ensure fair practices in food trade. The 45th Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC45) meeting, which is the first physical session in three years, brought together nearly 400 delegates joined by over 350…

READ MORE

GFSI appoints Lalaina Randriamanantsoa as Senior Technical Manager

GLOBAL – Lalaina Randriamanantsoa has returned to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as Senior Technical Manager. With a focus on protecting consumers, Lalaina’s wealth of experience delivers a variety of viewpoints and practical approaches to food safety management. “This is more than just work for me, coming from Madagascar, one of the poorest countries in the world, where access…

READ MORE

Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority bans sale of Toblerone chocolate

RWANDA – The Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has ordered firms to stop selling Toblerone chocolate due to quality concerns. The regulator looked into the situation after complaints about the quality of chocolate recently surfaced on social media. The regulator stated that it had “investigated and found that the chocolates did not comply with standards,”, particularly in light of…

READ MORE

Ghana’s Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute ready to tackle banana disease

GHANA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s (GAEC) Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI) claims that it is prepared to fight the Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) should it ever reach the nation. One of the most severe banana diseases, BBTD, also affects plantains and is brought on by the Banana Bunchy Top Virus. It causes havoc worldwide and causes…

READ MORE

Soft Robotics receives U.S$26M in initial Series C close

U.S – To enhance the commercial deployment of its mGripAITM robotic picking solutions, Soft Robotics Inc. (SRI) has announced that it has received U.S$26M in an initial Series C close. Industrial robots can now mimic human hand-eye coordination thanks to mGripAI, an easy-to-integrate automation solution that combines quick 3D vision, artificial intelligence, and proprietary, IP69K-rated soft gripping. For the first…

READ MORE
1 2 3 4 5 9