USDA updates school nutrition standards to support meal program

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the school nutrition standards that give schools a clear path forward as they build back better from the pandemic. These actions provide support for the dedicated school meal program operators who provide critical nutrition to millions of children every school day. USDA previously updated the school nutrition standards in 2012.…

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Rwanda FDA conducts awareness workshop for food sector stakeholders

RWANDA – The Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (Rwanda FDA) has embarked on a campaign to increase knowledge on its role, functions, regulations and guidelines related to required food safety standards among its stakeholders. Over the past three years, Rwanda FDA has registered success stories in ensuring food safety. Nevertheless, there is still need to increase awareness about its services,…

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Nestle South Africa recalls Kit Kat products contaminated with glass pieces

SOUTH AFRICA – Nestle South Africa, a Swiss multinational food and drink processing conglomerate, is recalling its Kit Kat products due to the possibility that they may contain pieces of glass. The voluntary recall covers only products with specific production codes that are on the label including Nestle Kit Kat 2 Finger Milk 36x20g UTZ MB and Mini Bag Milk…

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FoodChain ID acquires regulatory insights provider BCGlobal

U.S – FoodChain ID, a leading provider of technology-enabled food safety, quality, and sustainability solutions, has acquired BCGlobal, a leading provider of database subscription services delivering timely and accurate information on the constantly changing global regulatory requirements impacting the trade of food, beverage, and agricultural products. “This acquisition is a strong strategic fit with FoodChain ID’s technical services, testing, and…

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EU’s ban on titanium dioxide over safety concerns comes into effect

EUROPE – The ban on titanium dioxide (TiO2) as a food additive has finally come into force across the European Union (EU), after it was deemed as “not safe” by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Also known as E171, TiO2 is used as a color in the nutrition industry, including as an opacifier in capsules. It is used in…

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Kenyan farmer groups swear to fight proposed pesticide ban

KENYA – Farmers groups have sworn to fight the proposal that Kenya bans some of the commonly-used pesticides due to pressure from organic food groups and the “farm to fork” strategy by the European Union. Farmers in Eastern and Central Kenya said small-holders would be hardest-hit if Kenya bows to the pressure. Studies from Egerton University showed Kenya would lose…

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Avocado Society of Kenya crowns KEPHIS as best government institution

KENYA – The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has been crowned as the best government institution in the avocado value chain by the Avocado Society of Kenya (ASOK), a registered association for avocado growers, exporters and other Value – chain players. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Avocado Society of Kenya Mr. Ernest Muthomi, presented Prof Theophilus Mutui,…

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Procurant releases new software  to accelerate inspection of perishable goods

U.S – Procurant, a cloud-based software company transforming the global food supply chain, has announced the release of Procurant Inspect, a mobile software solution that accelerates and modernizes the perishable goods inspection process at retail grocery distribution centers. Procurant Inspect is a mobile application that runs on any standard tablet device. The solution simplifies the labor-intensive process of inspecting produce…

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Public groups call on FDA to restrict BPA in food packaging, raise concerns on human health

U.S – Public groups have appealed to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to restrict Bisphenol A (BPA) in food packaging after new findings suggest the chemical can damage human health at levels 100,000 times lower than previously thought. BPA is used to make polycarbonate and other plastics, commonly used in hard items such as food containers, pitchers, tableware…

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Richester Foods vouches for product safety amidst food poisoning claims

SOUTH AFRICA – Richester Foods,  South African sweet manufacturer and confectionery products company, has dissociated itself from reports that a number of kids allegedly got sick from eating one of their products. This comes after videos surfaced on social media showing a number of young children needing hospital treatment in KwaMaphumulo in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) after allegedly eating Richester Foods’ Xpop…

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