ARSO unanimously elects Ghana’s Professor Alex Dodoo as president

AFRICA – Professor Alex Dodoo has been elected as president of the 26th General Assembly of the African Organization for Standardization (ARSO). ARSO is Africa’s inter-governmental standards body formed by the then Organization of African Unity (currently the African Union) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Accra, Ghana in 1977. Its fundamental mandate is to develop…

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FDA identifies improper holding times, poor personal hygiene as prominent risk factors in retail food store

U.S. – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified improper holding time/temperature, poor personal hygiene, contaminated equipment,inadequate cooking and unsafe sources of food as the risk factors in retail food store deli departments in the United States . This is according to a study they had conducted to investigate the relationship between Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), Certified Food…

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Neogen dispenses Neogen Viroxide Super in the U.S to help slow COVID-19 spread following EPA approval

U.S – NEOGEN Corporation has announced that the U.S. Environmental protection Agency (EPA) has granted an expedited, initial registration for Neogen to distribute Neogen Viroxide Super disinfectant in the U.S., in part to help slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.  The company’s Food Safety Division markets dehydrated culture media and diagnostic test kits to detect food-borne bacteria,…

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FSSAI recognizes New Precision Value Analyzer for iodine value measurement in vegetable oils

INDIA – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recognized an indigenous food testing equipment known as Precision Iodine Value Analyzer (PIVA), used for the measurement of the degree of unsaturation; Iodine Value, in vegetable oils. Conventionally, Iodine value is determined using manual titration, and few analytical instruments based on automated titration are also available in the market.…

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Neogen Analytics aids food manufacturers hasten data-driven safety and quality

WORLD – Neogen, a leading provider of environmental monitoring solutions for the food and beverage industry, is helping companies reduce risk by increasing access and visibility to food safety testing results. It has availed their Neogen Analytics Environmental monitoring program to qualified food and beverage manufacturers for an entire year, at no cost. The corporation will waive the Neogen Analytics…

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NCBA petitions for new labelling scheme for beef products

USA -The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) has petitioned USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) for a new labeling scheme for beef products. The NCBA is the oldest and largest national trade association representing U.S. cattle producers, with more than 25,000 direct members and more than 250,000 producers represented through its 46 state affiliate associations. This is the second…

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FSSAI makes it compulsory for agri-food industry operators to specify FSSAI license number on receipts, invoice

INDIA- The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a latest order to food business operators, requiring them to specify FSSAI license or registration number on cash receipts or purchase invoice with effect from October 1 this year. The FSSAI mentioned that the move will succor consumers who can lodge online complaints against a particular business using…

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FDA calls for innovation of economical Tech-enabled traceability tools

WORLD- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a challenge to spur the development of affordable, tech-enabled traceability tools to help protect people and animals from contaminated foods. This will also enable the rapid identification of their sources and help remove the contaminated products from the marketplace as quickly as possible.   The new era of smarter food safety low…

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Thawed Yellowfin tuna suspected for foodborne illness in Italy

ITALY- Tuna is being investigated for a possible cause of illness in at least 12 people in Italy. The foodborne outbreak is suspected to have been caused by thawed yellowfin tuna steaks with added water from Italy and raw material from Spain. The Tuscany local health unit (ASL) has received reports on about 9 people experiencing symptoms like fainting, loss…

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Corbion upgrades listeria control model to bolster food safety efforts

NETHERLANDS – Corbion, a leading food ingredients supplier, has upgraded its Listeria control model to increase the accuracy of food safety measures and enhance speed-to-market for new product developments. Improvements to the newly relaunched CLCM have made the job of identifying the most effective and cost-efficient Listeria control method very simple, says the Dutch company. It uses pH, water activity…

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