US’s Florida state partners with food safety watchdog to curb foodborne disease outbreaks

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that Florida has entered into a domestic mutual reliance agreement with the agency, joining California, Utah and Wisconsin states, in bid to curb foodborne illness outbreaks. Erik Mettler, assistant commissioner for partnerships and policy in the FDA’s Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA), pointed out that foodborne illness outbreaks are…

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Seychelles issues Ceres apple juice recall, other COMESA markets follow suite

SEYCHELLES – Apex hotel supplies, one of the largest distributors in the Seychelles, has called on consumers to  return any Ceres 100% Apple Juice purchased to the company for a refund following a recall by the manufacturing firm in South Africa over mycotoxin concerns. The announcement from Apex follows a notice issued by the Competition Commission of the Common Market…

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NAFDAC raises alarm over consumption, distribution of recalled infant formulas

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has cautioned Nigerians to halt the consumption and distribution of infant formulas manufactured by Able Groupe, a U.S. based company as they are deficient in iron and not at par with other US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements. A statement issued by the NAFDAC Director General,…

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FDA publicizes study results on E-coli occurrence in romaine lettuce

U.S – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has publicized the findings of a sampling assignment it conducted on romaine lettuce in Yuma County, Arizona between February and March 2021 to determine the presence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), specifically enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC), and Salmonella spp. This assignment was part of the FDA’s ongoing surveillance following multistate…

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FDA’s study shows efficiency of Whole Genome Sequencing program in combating foodborne illnesses

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published a study on the effectiveness of the GenomeTrakr Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Network, a scientific tool that helps the FDA detect, investigate and limit the spread of foodborne illness outbreaks linked to FDA-regulated foods. The FDA estimates that the program was likely cost effective in its second year of…

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South Africa’s Pioneer Foods recalls LiquiFruit, Ceres apple juice brands due to mould contamination

SOUTH AFRICA – Pioneer Foods, one of the largest food and beverage manufacturer in South Africa (SA), has announced a recall of several LiquiFruit brands owing to elevated levels of mould toxins, and Ceres apple juice products sold outside the homeland country. This comes barely a week after Appletiser, South African manufacturer of sparkling apple juice  announced a recall of…

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Scotland researchers receive over US$ 200,000 to device oyster diseases detection tests

SCOTLAND – Aquaculture researchers in Scotland’s University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute have received nearly £200,000 (US$ 271,670) in funding to build a system for difficult to test diseases in mussels and oysters. The researchers will build the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method for detecting a range of diseases in shellfish, after being backed by the Seafood Innovation Fund and the…

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Study reveals contamination of UK prawns with Vibrio

UK – A study by Quadram Institute researchers has revealed that a majority of UK prawns surveyed are contaminated with Vibrio, a gram-negative bacterium associated with consumption of undercooked  seafood, with shell-on prawns more likely to be contaminated than peeled prawns. The researchers have conducted the survey in an effort to understand the bacterium’s potential contribution to human disease and…

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SFA, MOH investigate food poisoning cases in over 20 people

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA) are investigating five distinct incidents of gastroenteritis symptoms affecting 23 people following consumption of snow skin mooncakes. The mooncakes were imported from Malaysia by Mdm Ling Bakery Pte Ltd., a curated repertoire of snack delights from Asia, and sold at various retailers in Singapore. Snow skin mooncakes are…

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UK confirms positive case of BSE in cattle herd

UK – The United Kingdom (UK) has confirmed a positive case of classical Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in its cattle herd, joining Brazil which confirmed two cases earlier this month subsequent to laboratory testing. BSE is a brain disorder in adult cattle that may be spread to humans through diseased meat. The disease was detected in a six-year-old dairy cow…

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