FDA works to prevent Cronobacter infections associated with consumption of powdered infant formula

U.S. – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has developed a prevention plan to stop the diseases caused by Cronobacter sakazakii linked to the intake of powdered infant formula. The FDA received reports between September 2021 and February 2022 regarding four instances of infants who consumed powdered infant formula becoming ill or dying. They started an onsite inspection at the…

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KEBS warns consumers of aflatoxin-contaminated rice

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), a government organization responsible for certifying locally produced and imported commodities, has alerted Kenyans to a rice brand that is unhealthy due to high aflatoxin levels. The national certification and standardization office issued a warning in a statement shared on its social media channels about the significant aflatoxin contamination of the Polla…

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Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority bans sale of Toblerone chocolate

RWANDA – The Rwanda Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has ordered firms to stop selling Toblerone chocolate due to quality concerns. The regulator looked into the situation after complaints about the quality of chocolate recently surfaced on social media. The regulator stated that it had “investigated and found that the chocolates did not comply with standards,”, particularly in light of…

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Ghana’s Biotechnology and Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute ready to tackle banana disease

GHANA – The Ghana Atomic Energy Commission’s (GAEC) Biotechnology Nuclear Agricultural Research Institute (BNARI) claims that it is prepared to fight the Banana Bunchy Top Disease (BBTD) should it ever reach the nation. One of the most severe banana diseases, BBTD, also affects plantains and is brought on by the Banana Bunchy Top Virus. It causes havoc worldwide and causes…

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Popular seafood wholesaler Mariscos Bahia Inc. recalls fresh fish products

U.S – Mariscos Bahia Inc., a family-owned producer, and distributor of meat products has recalled over 300,000 pounds of salmon, halibut, seabass, tuna, and swordfish because of possible Salmonella contamination. The products were distributed to 179 retail customers located in Arizona and California, primarily to restaurants. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the recall was initiated on Oct.…

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Malawi bans sale of food in schools to curb cholera spread

MALAWI – The sale of food in primary and secondary schools has been outlawed in Malawi, a nation in Southeast Africa, to stem the spread of cholera among schoolchildren.  The World Health Organization (WHO) released a statement stating that the outbreak began in March of this year and first affected districts in the southern region that were at risk for…

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FAO backs Seychelles in creating antimicrobial resistance action plan

SEYCHELLES – Seychelles authorities have teamed up with specialists from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to create an antimicrobial resistance (AMR) action plan for the island nation. Officials analyzed the Seychelles’ existing action plan and evaluated its antimicrobial resistance surveillance at a five-day workshop hosted at the Eden Blue Hotel on the main island of Mahe. Antimicrobials, which are…

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FAO introduces French-language online course on Lumpy Skin Disease

SOUTH AFRICA – The European Commission for the control of foot and mouth disease (EuFMD), one of FAO’s oldest Commissions, has launched the first online Lumpy Skin Disease (LSD) course in French, targeting countries in southern Africa, while opening up for participation by Francophone countries in Eastern Africa. While majority of the 16 countries in the Food and Agriculture Organization’s…

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EFSA outlines mitigation measures for AMR spread during animal transit

EUROPE – The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has identified the presence of resistant bacteria in animals before transport as one of the main risk factors contributing to the transmission of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). This is after an assessment requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on the risk of resistant zoonotic…

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Researchers in Spain discover Giardia, Cryptosporidium parasites in Spanish vegetables

SPAIN – Researchers have examined green leafy vegetables sold in Valencia, Spain, for the presence of Giardia duodenalis and Cryptosporidium oocysts and discovered a significant degree of contamination. A total of 129 vegetable samples, including romaine, oak leaf, iceberg, and kale cabbage, were gathered for the study, 64 of which came from conventional Spanish farms and 65 from organic ones.…

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