Indonesia’s Halal Product Assurance Agency certifies 10 million MSMEs

INDONESIA – The Halal Product Assurance Agency, Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Produk Halal (BPJPH) in Indonesia, has issued halal certifications to 10 million micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs), gaining support from the Presidential Staff Office (KSP). The halal certification program for 10 million MSMEs is targeted for those involved in sectors that have low risk in terms of the halal aspect, such as food and beverage, animal slaughter services, food stalls, restaurants, hotel kitchens, food courts in malls, and e-commerce. Deputy III of KSP Panutan Sulendrakusuma stated that the KSP…

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American restaurant Five Guys renews agreement with software tech CM Systems LLC

U.S – Five Guys, an American fast casual restaurant chain, has renewed its agreement with CM Systems LLC and its ComplianceMate food safety software that automatically tracks key indicators of food safety risk through 2025. Unlike other Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) concepts, Five Guys does not use frozen meat in its burgers. All food is cooked fresh, and the storage of ingredients within Five Guys’ refrigerators is very closely monitored for quality and food safety. “ComplianceMate continues to prove itself to be the best solution for all of our corporate…

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Integrated Media Technology Limited signs equity agreement with Malaysia’s World Integrated Supply Ecosystem

World Integrated Supply Ecosystem MALAYSIA – Integrated Media Technology Limited (IMTE), an Australia-based technology investment, product development and distribution company, has announced the signing of a subscription agreement for 60% equity interests in World Integrated Supply Ecosystem (WISE), a Malaysian company engaged in the business of the provision of halal certification to qualified businesses/operations, the establishment of halal products supply chain and sale of halal products. “We are very excited to work with WISE and its management team to build a halal ecosystem. Although this is not IMTE’s traditional technology…

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Isle of Man announces progress in milk regulations

Britain/Ireland – Isle of Man’s, an island in the Irish sea, Environment Minister has announced the progress made in the regulation and quality of cows’ milk, after a critical scrutiny report highlighted serious flaws in how the island’s dairy industry is regulated. The report had three initial recommendations, the first of which is the need to develop and implement a rating scheme for all producers based on the publication of the results of tests and inspections. The others are to have ’a more transparent escalation framework for quality issues and…

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Kenyan government teams up with farmers to up potato quality, meet KFC standards

KENYA – The Kenyan government has teamed up with farmers from the three largest potato-producing counties in the country, setting aside Ksh 100 million for the production of new varieties (USD 880,564) to reduce the importation of potatoes subsequent to the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) controversy. In the pilot phase, the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya revealed that the Ministry is working with farmers from Nyandarua, Meru and Marakwet who are the largest potato-producing counties to cultivate the variety of potatoes needed by the market. “This is piloting before we…

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Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute aims to boost agricultural sector through certification

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Official Seed Certification Institute (TOSCI) has certified at least 482 plant varieties in the period between January and November 2021 in a move aimed to heighten the agricultural sector performance in Tanzania. The certified plant varieties were based on a total of 79 crops. According to TOSCI Director General, Mr. Patrick Ngwediagi, the development is part of on-going interventions by the seed regulatory organ to ensure the indigenous farmers are adopting the use of improved seeds for better yields. The Director expressed that the state- owned…

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Seychelles launches new alcohol testing facility

SEYCHELLES – The Seychelles Bureau of Standards (SBS) has expanded its testing scope through the opening of a new testing facility that will aid in analyzing the content of alcoholic beverages to ensure it’s in line with standards and regulations. SBS is the national Quality Infrastructure Service provider in Seychelles and is designated by the Public Health Authority as the main official laboratory for the testing of alcoholic beverages. The gas chromatograph (GC) room was purchased through funding made available under the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)…

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Zimbabwe to export fresh citrus fruits to China

ZIMBABWE – Following the penning of the citrus phytosanitary protocol,  Zimbabwe can now export fruits to China, in a development expected to broaden export destinations for the fruits and remove overdependence on South Africa and the European market. The phytosanitary protocol requires that a cold chain system for the export of fresh citrus fruits to China be put in place like any other country including the European Union (EU) for the management of False Codling Moth and other pests. This cold chain is required to commence at the port as…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards sensitizes business people on need to provide quality goods

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has sensitized business people and importers in Zanzibar on the need to observe quality standards of goods to get rid of counterfeits in the domestic market. The TBS Marketing Officer Rhoda Mayugu made the remarks in the just ended 8th Mapinduzi Trade Fair launched by the Second Vice-President Zanzibar, Othman Masoud Othman. Mapinduzi is a Kiswahili word for “Revolution.” The trade fair is held annually in January as part of activities marking Zanzibar’s 1964 revolution that toppled the sultanate rule. Rhoda said…

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Eagle Protect discovers gloves contamination posing risk to consumers health

U.S – Eagle Protect, the industry leader in glove related cross-contamination research, have found at least 10 different enterotoxigenic strains of Bacillus cereus contamination on new and unused single-use gloves during its independent testing of 26 different brands. These findings are of note because the Bacillus microbe was found responsible for a recent recall of meat products, triggered by testing from the U.S. Department of Defense. Eagle Protect’s findings, combined with the meat recall notice, has prompted the company to issue an urgent warning to the food handling industry on…

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