Industry enthusiasts converse on Regulating Quality & Food Safety in Africa to boost Regional Trade

AFRICA – Africa has a big domestic market that possesses significant opportunities. Currently, Africa accounts for 2.9 per cent of the world production and 2.6 per cent of the world trade according to United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) statistics. Connoisseurs from various African countries converged at the virtual Africa Food Safety & Quality summit to deliberate on how to boost food safety and quality and enhance InterAfrican Trade through regulatory measures. The panel comprised of, Kema Benedicta Ashibuogwu (PMJF, NLCF), Head, QMS ,Food Safety and Applied Nutrition…

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Professionals discuss on Food Safety Management in the Retail, HORECA & Institutional sectors

AFRICA – Food safety has become a very key discussion, pushed farther by the emergence of Covid-19. It has seen retailers shift their approaches to controlling food safety hazards within their business premises in order to ensure the safety of their food. The sector professionals converged to have a dialogue on the same in a platform provided by the Food Safety & Quality Summit. The collocutors were Collins Kamol, EHS Manager, Quickmart Supermarkets; Wambui Mbarire, CEO, Retail Trade Association of Kenya; Veronica Idowu Alaba, Director, Vellamet Integrated Services; and Doreen…

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Experts dissect on food safety concerns in fresh produce sector for local & export markets

AFRICA – Panelists during the recently held Africa Food Safety and Quality Summit have underscored obliviousness on food safety importance, misuse of agri-inputs and microbiological hazards as the major fresh produce sector food safety concerns in Africa. The panel was addressed by Cyprian Kabbis, District chief executive, Eastern Africa, Bureau Veritas; George Akida, Exports Manager, Africado Tanzania; Frank Obure, General Manager, Packhouses, AAA Growers; Jane Musindi, CEO, Society of Crop Agribusiness Advisors of Kenya (SOCAA); Mercy Chatyoka, Business Development & Innovation Lead, Armlead and Molly Abende, Production Manager, Burton &…

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Laird superfood acquires SQF Level 2 Certification

U.S – Laird Superfood (NYSE American: LSF) award-winning creator of assorted plant-based superfood products, has successfully achieved Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification for its powdered vegan creamers, Hydrate drink mixes, and supplements, receiving a score of 92 on its initial audit. Level 2 SQF Certification is also known as the Certified HACCP-Based Food Safety Plan. It incorporates all of the Level 1 requirements and adds Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) risk assessment and implementation. SQF Certification marks an important step that allows Laird Superfood to guarantee…

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FSSAI deliberates on using advanced technological tools to ascertain food quality, safety

INDIA – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said it is exploring the possibility of using next generation technological tools like blockchain and machine learning to ensure food safety and quality. Such tools assume importance as the current pandemic situation has negatively affected many aspects of routine regulatory inspections, monitoring and surveillance at both the domestic level and border points which are indispensable for ensuring food safety and quality. Addressing a virtual event organized by industry chamber CII, FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal urged the industry and researchers…

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Warbug Pincus, Tilia acquire FlexXray from LLCP in growth investment

U.S – Levine Leichtman Capital Partners (LLCP), a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, has sold its portfolio company FlexXray, the leading X-ray inspection and recovery service provider for the food industry, to Warburg Pincus, a global growth investor and Tilia Holdings, a Chicago-based private investment firm focused exclusively on the food and nutrition supply chain. The service provider assists food manufacturers with regulatory compliance and food safety matters by detecting and eliminating foreign contaminants from food. Founded in 2001, hundreds of manufacturing plants in North America count on FlexXray’s proficiency…

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Illumina partners with Sanigen to help NGS platform technology penetrate South Korean market

U.S – Sanigen, a South Korean-based molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics company, has announced that it will become a channel partner (distributor) in the region for Illumina, the world’s leading genome sequencing company. The partners will work together to deliver Illumina’s Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform technology to the food safety and microbiology sector in South Korea. NGS is a massively parallel sequencing technology that offers ultra-high throughput, scalability, and speed.  “NGS offers an unprecedented opportunity to the food market to improve safety, We are delighted to partner with Sanigen whose…

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Mars, Nestle recall several ice cream batches thanks to Ethylene Oxide contamination

SPAIN – Nestlé, the world’s largest food and drink company, and Mars, a family owned multinational food manufacturer, have recalled ice cream products after an ethylene oxide (ETO) contamination scare. According to a list drawn up by FACUA, the Andalucian consumer watchdog for market abuses, in the scare involving different ice creams possibly being contaminated by the presence of traces of ethylene oxide, there could be as many as 46 varieties of products made by Froneri, a Nestlé ice cream maker. The company’s brands in Spain include Milka, Toblerone, Nuii,…

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Tiger brands recalls canned products over faulty cans

SOUTH AFRICA – Tiger Brands, South Africa’s largest food manufacturer, has announced the urgent recall of about 20 million KOO, its rainbow brand, and Hugo’s canned vegetable products manufactured between 1 May 2019 and 5 May 2021 over safety concerns due to potentially defective cans.  The company’s Groceries division first discovered the defective products in May 2021, prior to the final labelling of the finished product, linking them to a deficient side seam weld that could cause the cans to leak. They were traced back to three different batches of…

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CGA discloses consumer perspective on food safety in Kenya

KENYA – Consumers in Kenya are grappling with issues on the level of food safety awareness as well as perceptions about sanitation in markets and hygiene standards during food transportation and preparation. This is according to a survey by the Consumer Grassroots Association (CGA), an independent body that works towards a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all Kenyan grassroots consumers which got views from 9,592 consumers. “As a national consumer protection organization, CGA carried out the perception survey to contribute to the local body of knowledge on food safety,…

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