Zimbabwe’s AMP Group achieves FSSC 22000 Certification

ZIMBABWE – Associated Meat Packers (AMP Group), a joint venture business with Colcom Holdings Limited, Zimbabwe, a pork and meat products producer, has achieved the coveted Food Safety System Certification, FSSC 22000, becoming the 11th Zimbabwean company to receive the certification. The certification is a testament of the company’s continued commitment to continually improve the management and control of food safety. A team of international representatives carried out an extensive audit of AMP Group’s processing factory systems and requirements to eliminate and prevent food hazards and to ensure food quality…

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FDA includes LAAF Program in Food Safety Modernization Act

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a final rule establishing the Laboratory Accreditation for Analyses of Foods (LAAF) program as required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Under the LAAF program, FDA will recognize accreditation bodies (ABs) that will accredit food testing laboratories to standards established in the final rule referred to as LAAF-accredited laboratories. The final rule outlines eligibility requirements that ABs and laboratories will need to satisfy to participate in the program, as well as procedures for how the FDA will manage…

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FDA proposes valuations of water used in farming to enhance produce safety

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a proposed rule that aims to enhance the safety of produce by requiring farms to conduct comprehensive assessments that would help them pinpoint and mitigate hazards in water used to grow produce. This proposal is one of the critical remaining pieces of working towards implementation of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and it proposes to replace some of the existing requirements for agricultural water in the Produce Safety Rule (PSR). In 2015, the FDA published the final…

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Food authenticity testing market to reach USD 9,956 Million by 2028

GLOBAL – A report by Vantage Market Research has revealed that the increasing demand for accurate labelling and maintaining food quality in food industry is driving the food authenticity testing market which is projected to reach USD 9,956 Million by 2028, growing at a CAGR of 8.50% from 2021 to 2028. Vantage Market Research is a reputed company committed to providing high quality data and market research services in more than 20,000 emerging markets. The pandemic has affected most countries in the world, with severe impacts on the global economy…

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AgriResources Congo sets up cold storage facility to extend products’ shelf life

CONGO – Agri Resources Congo, an expert in the industrial cultivation of cereals and other crops with high economic value, in an effort to make goods safe and of quality for consumers, have put up a cold storage facility for green onions and fresh vegetables. The installation of the new cooling system has begun within the company’s concession in Moulende. The first of its kind in this region, the new facility will have the capacity to store up to 500 tonnes of green onion and other fresh vegetables. The site…

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Ghana launches book on food safety guidelines for effective enforcement of by-laws

GHANA – Ghana’s Ministry of Local Government Decentralization and Rural Development, has  launched  a Food Safety Guidelines for Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country, highlighting the policy and institutional framework and food safety regime in Ghana. The 35-page book is to serve as a guide for MMDAs for effective monitoring, coordination, and enforcement of the by-laws. It was launched under the theme: “Safe food now, for a healthier tomorrow” with a tagline, “Food safety everybody’s business.” Speaking at the opening of the Food Safety Awareness Campaign in…

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Health experts fault Malawi’s standards watchdog for green lighting substandard spirit

MALAWI – Malawian health experts have faulted the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS) for allowing PressCane Limited (PCL), an ethanol distillery in Malawi, to sell its rectified spirit to the public which, they had previously labelled as substandard. Rectified spirit, also known as neutral spirits, is highly concentrated ethanol that has been purified by means of repeated distillation in a process called rectification. The two health experts – Dr Charles Dzamalala and Dr. YB Mlombe  who are both pathologists and researchers, operating under the banner of Health and Civic Research…

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GSA partners with Ghana Police Service to train standards inspectors

GHANA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has partnered with the Ghana Police Service to train standards inspectors to fight against the importation of inferior goods. Speaking at the 10th edition of the Quality Awards by the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Professor Alex Dodoo, the Director General of the GSA, said these inspectors will be equipped to check the influx of substandard goods that are in the markets. He noted that this has become necessary with the coming into operation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA). “As…

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CABIO Biotech receives organic certification for products

CHINA – CABIO Biotech, a manufacturer of food additives, has obtained the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Organic certification for its Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Oil, Aquatic plants Seaweed and DHA Algae Oil. It received the notification from organic certification organization Ecocert SA. EcoCert SA is a certification body on sustainable development, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. CABIO algae DHA oil is an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty…

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United Fresh Produce Association, Canadian Produce Marketing Association release 2nd edition of labelling guide

U.S/CANADA – United Fresh Produce Association, the industry’s leading trade association, and the Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) have released the Second Edition of the USA/Canada Labeling Guide to support industry understanding of the differences and similarities for labeling compliance in both countries. With significant changes to both the U.S. and Canadian regulatory and business requirements, the two associations collaborated to create the guide, designed to be the first point of reference for companies shipping to one or both markets. The Guide is designed to be a user-friendly tool for…

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