Nestlé Ghana rids shelves of defective products

GHANA – Nestlé Ghana Limited has announced the temporary removal of all IDEAL Evaporated Milk and CARNATION Tea Creamer off the shelves following the recent recall of some batches of the coagulated products, as instructed by the Food and Drug Authority (FDA), Ghana. A number of Ghanaians complained on social media after buying the two milk brands and finding out that the contents have been coagulated, that is the liquid has turned into solid. The numerous consumer complaints got to the quarters of the Food and Drug Authority (FDA) and…

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China suspends Canadian beef imports due to Mad cow disease concerns

CANADA – The Canadian Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) has confirmed that China, the meat industry’s third largest global market, has halted imports of beef from Canada following the discovery of a case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, on a farm in Alberta, Canada. BSE is an incurable and invariably fatal neurodegenerative disease of cattle. Symptoms include abnormal behaviour, trouble walking, and weight loss in the animal. Humans who consume affected meat can also suffer with problems such as loss of memory, loss of sight and…

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Denmark reports Shiga toxin producing E.coli outbreak, source yet to be identified

DENMARK – Officials in Denmark are investigating a deadly outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157 that began in December 2021 affecting more than a dozen people. Since early December, 13 patients have been detected and samples from nine of those sick are closely related after an analysis by whole genome sequencing at the Statens Serum Institut, a Danish sector research institute. This means they were likely infected by a common source. Nine people have been hospitalized and an elderly patient has died. Among those sick are three children…

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USDA announces recall of Interstate Meat Distributors’ grounded beef

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s  (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the recall of approximately 28,356 pounds of ground beef products by Interstate Meat Distributors Inc., a meat processing company located in Clackamas, Ore, United States, that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 The recall occurred after Consumer Reports’ tests found the  deadly strain of E. coli in a package of Kroger-branded meat produced by the company. Consumer Reports (CR), formerly Consumers Union, is an American nonprofit consumer organization dedicated to independent product testing,…

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FDA investigates multistate outbreak of Listeria linked to Dole packaged salad

U.S – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local partners, is working to investigate a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections potentially linked with the consumption of Dole packaged salad. Dole packaged salad is manufactured by Dole Food Company, an American agricultural multinational corporation. The company is the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, operating with 74,300 full-time and seasonal employees who are responsible for over 300 products in 90 countries. Dole voluntarily ceased…

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Nigeria’s Ministry of Agriculture reaffirms commitment to tackle Aflatoxin menace

NIGERIA – The Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) has reiterated its commitment to combat aflatoxin menace in Nigeria’s food system, at the Inception Workshop on Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations Technical Support to Aflatoxin Management and Mitigation in Nigeria held in Abuja. The Permanent Secretary (PS) Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD), Dr Ernest Umakhihe, said the initiative which is being implemented in collaboration with relevant stakeholders would help to achieve proper nutrition and food security for all Nigerians as well…

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Tanzania’s agricultural scientists detect Banana bunchy top disease in country

TANZANIA – Tanzania’s agricultural scientists have raised an alarm over a deadly banana disease recently detected in the country that can reduce banana production by up to 90 percent as infected plants will be severely stunted. This was after DNA samples from banana plants with typical Banana bunchy top disease symptoms from Buhigwe district in Kigoma region tested positive. According to the researchers, this is the first time that BBTV has been detected in Tanzania and the East African region. “BBTV or Babuvirus is considered among the most devastating banana…

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Canada’s pork industry receives boost to help fight African Swine fever

CANADA – Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food has announced an investment of more than CA$4.6 million (US$ 3,589,150) for three projects to grow the pork industry within Canada and in international markets, and to help farms continue to ensure high levels of safety in the face of the threat of African swine fever. These investments build on Canada’s internationally-renowned reputation as a supplier of high-quality and sustainably-produced pork products. Through an investment of more than $3.2 million, Canada Pork International will undertake export market development initiatives to maintain and…

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Pioneer Foods detects Salmonella in its Safari brands products, recalls products

SOUTH AFRICA – South African based Pioneer Foods has initiated the recall of a specific batch of Raw Cashew nuts, Peanuts & Raisins sold under its Safari brand in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia due to Salmonella contamination. According to a company statement, routine testing at the Safari production site in KwaZulu-Natal, identified a batch of the product which tested positive for low levels of Salmonella typhimurium. The company revealed that based on safety protocols, production was immediately halted, the product placed on hold and ringfenced. The production site was…

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CDC declares seafood related Salmonella outbreak over

U.S – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the culmination of the multistate Salmonella outbreak it was looking into alongside the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other state and local partners. The investigations linked the Salmonella Thompson infections to seafood manufactured or processed by Northeast Seafood Products, Inc. of Denver, CO. A total of 115 people infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Thompson were reported from 15 states . The majority of sick people were either Colorado (93) residents or reported traveling to…

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