Millers protest as UNBS shuts down grain milling facilities in Masaka

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has closed down about 25 grain milling facilities in the Masaka region due to non-compliance with standards, a move that has left the millers with a bitter taste in their mouths. The affected maize plants are in Bukomansimbi, Kyotera, Kalungu, and Masaka districts, where the proprietors were found operating without certification…

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Police impound consignment of counterfeit liquor in Murang’a

KENYA – Police in Murang’a County have seized assorted brands of fake alcohol that were stashed in a local pub in Murang’a town. Thomas Nyoro, the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) for Murang’a East, reported that the police seized counterfeit alcohol worth ksh200,000 (U.S$ 1606) from a bar in the Grogon neighborhood because the alcohol brands lacked standardization marks for products…

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Nigeria to soon implement trans fat best policy

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has noted that Nigeria has already completed the process of eliminating trans-fat from the country’s food supply chain. The organization announced this at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) fourth “Countdown to 2023” report. The report is an annual collection of the advancements made in…

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FDA Ghana suspends food establishment linked to five fatalities, 40 hospitalizations

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana has suspended the Yellow Sisi Waakye joint linked to a foodborne outbreak that has left over 40 people hospitalized at Oyibi and five dead. The FDA said in line with the Food Safety Emergency Response Plan, a joint investigation with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) commenced immediately after the incident came…

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Gates Ag One funds project to develop self-fertilizing crops for African farmers

AFRICA – The Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One) has awarded a U.S$35 million grant to a Cambridge University-led project to create self-fertilizing crops for African farmers. The U.S$35 million grant will fund the Engineering Nitrogen Symbiosis for Africa (ENSA) research program over the next five years. ENSA is a Cambridge-led international partnership with partners from University…

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FSSAI endeavors to close Basmati rice adulteration loop by specifying standards

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has for the first time specified the identity standards for basmati rice varieties, including brown, milled, parboiled, and milled parboiled, to ensure the supply of standardized genuine rice in domestic and export markets. Since “basmati rice is prone to many sorts of adulteration for economic benefits, which may involve,…

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FSSAI calls for action against misleading vegan labels

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has instructed all of its Regional Directors and Commissioners of Food Security to make sure that food business operators (FBOs) and e-commerce platforms don’t deceive customers when selling ghee and butter. This is after the FSSAI has discovered that some FBOs are utilizing dairy words to market their non-dairy…

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Norway to ramp up formal controls following audit

NORWAY – Norway has been advised to reinforce controls following audits conducted in 2022 that looked at the poultry meat products and imports of food and feed of non-animal origin sectors. The audit team comprised two auditors from the EFTA Surveillance Authority and an observer from the Health and Food Audits and Analysis Directorate (Directorate F) of the Directorate General…

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Research deems paperboard packaging ineffective in preserving milk freshness

U.S – North Carolina State University researchers have found that paperboard milk cartons, used in practically every American school, may not maintain milk freshness as well as other packaging options. According to a study by Elsevier that was published in the Journal of Dairy Science, packaging has an impact on flavor. Lead investigator MaryAnne Drake, Ph.D., of the North Carolina…

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DTU National Food Institute find PFAs in organic egg yolks

DENMARK – The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fdevarestyrelsen) and the DTU National Food Institute have detected the environmental pollutant per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in organic egg yolks from Danish chicken farms, posing a risk to consumers. PFAs, which are classified as fluorinated chemicals, do not break down in the environment. Instead, the 4,700 synthetic compounds in this group…

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