Ivory Coast shifts manual certification for horticulture products export to digital

IVORY COAST – Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa-producing country, will officially transition from physical paper documents associated with international trade for its horticultural products to electronic phytosanitary certification (ephyto) as of May 03. According to the official, this transition from the conventional system to the digital one will make it possible to accelerate, facilitate, and participate in improving the…

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FDA clears Good Meat’s cell-cultured chicken following premarket consultation

U.S – GOOD Meat, a subsidiary of Eat Just that provides cell-based meat, has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declaring its product safe for human consumption. FDA reviewed the data provided by GOOD Meat Inc. and at this time has no additional concerns with the firm’s assurance of product safety, becoming the second company to…

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WHO establishes recommendations on use of low-sodium salt alternatives

GLOBAL – The World Health Organization (WHO) has established recommendations on the use of low-sodium salt alternatives and is currently requesting feedback on the draft recommendation from Member States and all pertinent parties through an online public consultation. The recommendations were crafted according to the current WHO guideline creation process, which involves an assessment of methodically accumulated scientific data and…

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Southern Methodist University scholar creates pH sensor that indicates food spoilage in real-time

U.S – A small pH sensor that can detect food spoilage in real time has been created by a researcher at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Since the flexible pH sensor is only 2 mm long and 10 mm wide, it may be included in the current food packaging techniques. Conventional pH meters are not ideal for inclusion in food packaging…

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FAO boosts animal health workers’ skills in field epidemiology to address zoonotic diseases

SIERRA LEONE – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has trained 11 frontline health workers in applied epidemiology, the One Health approach, and community engagement capabilities for better control and management of emerging and re-emerging zoonotic diseases, through the use of new diagnostic and surveillance skills. The four-month-long training titled, “In-Service Applied Veterinary Epidemiology Training (ISAVET)”, entailed a month-long classwork…

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FAO publishes 2022-2031 strategic priorities for food safety to boost food safety in member countries

ITALY – The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has developed a nine-year set of strategic priorities with the vision to provide “Safe food for all people at all times”, taking into account the global context, the emerging drivers, and trends with implications for food safety. The mission, specified in the newly released FAO strategic priorities for food safety 2022-2031, is:…

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FAO heads to Rwanda to help strengthen its national food control system

RWANDA – Rwanda’s Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)has launched a new project to improve food security by reducing crop losses brought about by pests. With funding from the European Union totaling €5 million (U.S$ 5.3 million), the project focusing on agriculture value chains will be…

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QualiTru, University of Minnesota establish “The Darrell Bigalke Food Safety & Food Quality Award” in founder’s honor

U.S – The University of Minnesota in conjunction with QualiTru Sampling Systems has honored Darrell Bigalke, the founder of QualiTru Sampling Systems, with the Darrell Bigalke Food Safety & Food Quality Award for his four-decade-long dedication to ensuring food safety through ground-breaking innovations for the dairy and liquid food industries. “Darrell’s passion for food safety and quality, captured in his…

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Rwanda FDA lifts ban on Nestlé cereal brand with non-compliant labeling

RWANDA – Rwanda’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has lifted a month-long ban on batches of Nestlé Cerelac cereal that originated in France and were alleged to be sold in the country without proper labels. Earlier in February, FDA had demanded all boxes of Nestlé Cerelac cereal that didn’t bear the address of the manufacturer, and ingredients be removed from…

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Ghana’s Ashanti region commits funds to develop new high-yielding onion varieties

GHANA – The Oforikrom Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti region has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Crops Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR-CRI), to commit funds for research activities to develop and release new varieties of onions and technologies for their cultivation and production by farmers in the area. The MOU will…

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