Superbrewed Food’s postbiotic cultured protein achieves self-affirmed GRAS

U.S – Superbrewed Food, a nutrition and health company, has announced that its proprietary postbiotic cultured protein has achieved self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status, making it the first in the line of  microbiome-derived protein. In accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, an independent panel of experts reviewed Superbrewed Food’s safety dossier on its postbiotic…

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Marquis Macadamias introduces 5-log pasteurization to ensure product safety

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Marquis Macadamias, the world’s largest macadamia growing and processing company, has implemented 5-log pasteurization capabilities in its Australian and South African facilities with the introduction of Napasol pasteurization systems. The systems have allowed it to safely process over 30,000 tonnes of kernels. It implemented the technology as it wanted to ensure product safety for consumers. The technology…

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Health of Mother Earth Foundation calls for ban of GM Cowpea in Nigeria

NIGERIA – A coalition of non-governmental organizations, farmer groups and research experts have called on the Nigerian government to immediately ban the distribution of Genetically Modified (GM) Cowpea, a popularly known bean among Nigerian farmers. The group known as the Health of Mother Earth Foundation also called for the urgent need for the Nigerian government to reinforce the nation’s biosafety…

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GLOBALG.A.P. launches revised IFA Version 6, GRASP Version 2

U.S – GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc., a farm assurance program, has announced the launch of GLOBALG.A.P.’s revised Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard Version 6 and the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) add-on Version 2. The new products, representing the first implementation stage of the new smart farm assurance solutions vision,  offer streamlined, impact-driven, and connected solutions for the…

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Minerva Scientific establishes matrine, oxymatrine residue testing in Chinese honey

UK – Minerva, a specialist analytical laboratory, has come up with a Liquid Chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) procedure for trace-level detection of the pesticides oxymatrine and matrine in Chinese honey. Matrines and oxymatrines are herbal alkaloids, which can be found in plants from the family Sophora flavescens, a shrub-like tree growing extensively in some regions of China. They…

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Australia’s melon industry strives to achieve farm to fork traceability

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has developed a traceability adoption framework for the melon industry to ensure the industry leads in traceability based on globally accepted Global Standards 1 (GS1). This was part of a project with peak industry body Melons Australia, on enhancing seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons.…

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Vietnam researchers discover high levels of antimicrobial resistant Salmonella in pork

VIETNAM – Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in England who were researching on antibiotic resistance in Salmonella strains isolated from pork meat at food retail outlets, have highlighted high levels of drug resistant Salmonella in pork in Vietnam. They studied multi-drug resistance — when a strain shows resistance to different antimicrobials and looked for the…

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Universitat Politècnica de València researchers develop new test for detecting gluten in food

SPAIN – A team from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), belonging to the Molecular Recognition and Technological Development (IDM) Institute, has developed a new test for the food industry that uses a cell phone to detect gluten in food in a simple, fast and inexpensive manner. Close to one percent of the global population suffers from celiac disease, a…

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FDA Ghana shuts down restaurant following food poisoning incident

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana, has closed down the East Legon branch of Marwako Restaurant in Accra over food poisoning claims by customers. Marwako, a fast-food eatery in Accra has been trending on Twitter after several Twitter users complained of food poisoning after eating there. In a tweet, the FDA stated that the move to close…

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NAFDAC cautions Nigerians against addition of chemicals to food

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to desist from adding chemicals to food for whatever reasons, something it has continually reiterated. The warning was in response to alleged mixing of chemicals like Jatropha Curcas leaves, hypo detergent and potash with Akpu, popularly known as Fufu, to make it rise, be…

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