Breakthrough molecular tool enables rapid genomic surveillance of Rift Valley fever virus

AFRICA – Scientists from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), in collaboration with research partners from Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Tanzania, have developed a faster and more cost-effective method for generating genomic data on the Rift Valley fever virus (RVFV), the pathogen responsible for RVF outbreaks. RVF is a climate-driven disease that poses a severe threat to both human…

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Ghana FDA initiates palm oil traceability system for enhanced food safety

GHANA – In a collaborative effort to safeguard public health and strengthen the palm oil industry, the Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), the Artisanal Palm Oil Millers and Outgrowers Association, and other stakeholders are set to commence the implementation of a comprehensive palm oil traceability system. The system, developed last year in collaboration with Solidaridad, aims to identify individuals…

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KEBS warns public against consumption of unstandardized goods

KENYA – In a recent announcement, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has issued a stern warning to the public regarding the consumption of goods lacking standardization marks, commonly known as S-Marks. The directive applies to packaged foods, chemicals, and various other products. Importers, manufacturers, retailers, and stockists have also been cautioned against selling items without proper labeling or the…

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NAFDAC raids supermarkets in Niger State uncovering expired, unregistered products

NIGERIA – In a recent operation conducted by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), 15 supermarkets in Minna, the capital of Niger State, were raided, leading to the sealing of one establishment and the confiscation of numerous expired commodities. During the extensive raids, NAFDAC officials discovered various items that had either expired or were being…

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FAO calls for data on advanced feed practices to combat antimicrobial resistance

GLOBAL – To tackle the growing concern of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is actively seeking data and information regarding alternative and advanced feed practices in animal agriculture. The aim is to promote the responsible use of antimicrobials and address the public health threat posed by AMR. Antibiotics have been utilized in animal feed for around…

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Study reveals elevated levels of toxic metals in commonly consumed beverages

U.S – A recent study led by Tulane University has shed light on the presence of toxic metals in commonly consumed beverages, raising concerns as some levels exceeded federal drinking water standards.  The study aimed to address knowledge gaps surrounding the contents of beverages in the United States, as limited peer-reviewed research has been conducted in this area. The comprehensive…

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SIG establishes Food and Ag-ISAC to enhance cybersecurity in agrifood sector

U.S – In a significant development for the protection of U.S. agriculture and food from cyber threats, the Food and Agriculture special interest group (SIG) of the Information Technology-Information Sharing and Analysis Center (IT-ISAC) has established the Food and Ag-ISAC.  This new platform aims to facilitate information-sharing and collaboration between the agrifood and security sectors. Recognizing the need to address…

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FSA review affirms continued effectiveness of 2013 Food Safety Sampling and Qualifications Regulations

UK – The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has affirmed the continued relevance of the 2013 Food Safety Sampling and Qualifications Regulations (S&Q Regulations) following a post-implementation review. This is in line with the requirement to review English regulations within five years of their implementation. Effective since April 6, 2013, the 2013 S&Q Regulations support the UK Food Safety Act…

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EFSA launches search for new Executive Director

EUROPE – The European Commission has commenced the recruitment process for the next Executive Director of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as the current Executive Director is set to culminate his term on May 31, 2024. EFSA’s current Executive Director, Bernhard Url, was appointed in June 2014 for a five-year term. This was later extended in June 2019 for…

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Neogen introduces new EndPoint assays for natural toxin detection

U.S – Neogen Corporation has recently launched two innovative assays for the detection of natural toxins: Reveal Q+ for DON EndPoint and Reveal Q+ for Aflatoxin EndPoint, enhancing the company’s capabilities in detecting natural toxins. Designed to offer accurate results in a matter of minutes, the Reveal Q+ EndPoint assays are quantitative lateral flow tests that are user-friendly and efficient.…

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