Nigerian Economic Summit Group holds food safety dialogue to aid in implementing food safety bill

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) is currently holding the Nigerian Food and Feed Safety Transformation Dialogue centered on developing a road map for the implementation of the country’s food safety legislation. Held under the theme “Globally positioning Food Safety System in Nigeria: National Food Safety and Quality Implementation Roadmap”, this dialogue will be the first in a…

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New South Wales launches Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy to minimize impact of outbreaks

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales (NSW) Government has released a new eight-year strategy to enhance biosecurity and food safety in NSW and to help protect the state’s $23 billion (approx. U.S$15 billion) primary industries. The NSW Biosecurity and Food Safety Strategy 2022-2030 focuses on four priority objectives including preparing and preventing, timely and proportionate responses, rapid and efficient containment,…

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Swaggerty’s Farm tops BRC Global Food Safety standards certification

U.S – Swaggerty’s Farm has for the 10th time in a row registered the highest AA Certification score in BRC Global Food Safety standards, attesting to their unremitting commitment to food safety. Swaggerty’s Farm continuously develops and fosters a culture of food safety, earning an A, the highest grade from BRC in 2013 to 2014, three times with two scores…

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UNIDO aids Georgia in establishing sustainable laboratory infrastructure

GEORGIA – In order to support investments in the development of food laboratories for trade standard compliance and improved access to international markets, Georgia has launched its Strategic Roadmap for Sustainable Laboratory Infrastructure Development, which will offer guidance to public and private stakeholders on resource planning. While agriculture is one of the key sectors of the Georgian economy and is…

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Ghana acknowledges significance of biotech crops in attaining food security

GHANA – In its report on the status of agricultural biotechnology in Ghana, the USDA FAS Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) has stated that the country recognizes the potential of biotechnology as a critical innovation in the quest for national food and nutrition security. The new administration of Ghana launched an initiative titled “Planting for Food and Jobs” to focus…

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EFSA, ECDC report shows surge in zoonotic diseases and foodborne outbreaks

EUROPE – The EU’s One Health zoonosis report published by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control  (ECDC) has revealed an increase in reported cases of zoonotic diseases and foodborne outbreaks in 2021 compared to the previous year. However, according to the report, the levels are still much below those of the…

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Researchers invent technology to zap out Staphylococcus in milk

EUROPE – Researchers at the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague have developed magnetic microrobots that can efficiently bind and isolate Staphylococcus aureus in milk. Bovine mastitis produced by Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) can cause problems in milk quality and production due to the staphylococcal enterotoxins produced by this bacterium. Given that S. aureus may withstand pasteurization and thermal sterilization…

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Meat Testing market to grow at CAGR of 7% till 2029

GLOBAL – A market analysis conducted by GreyViews, a specialized market research company, has shown that the Meat Testing market was worth USD 8 billion in 2021 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7% till 2029. The market was studied for different segmentations including by Target Tested (Pathogens, Meat, GMOs, Allergens, and Others), Sample Type (Meat and…

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UNIDO, EU back Armenia in boosting its quality infrastructure

ARMENIA – The Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, UNIDO, and the Delegation of European Union (EU) to Armenia have launched a project entitled “Support to Quality Infrastructure in Armenia” to strengthen the institutional capabilities of the Armenian National Body for Standards and Metrology (NBSM). Over 70 participants from various ministries, government organizations, and private sector organizations in…

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FDA publishes systematic assessment of scientific literature on food safety culture

U.S – As a basis for its work on food safety culture with industry, consumers, and within the agency, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a systematic assessment of the scientific literature on the subject. The analysis covered a total of 79 publications that satisfied the review’s qualifying requirements. The FDA is of the opinion that more…

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