Professor Susan Jebb appointed as chairperson of UK food safety regulatory body FSA

UK-The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed Professor Susan Jebb, the Oxford BRC’s Theme Lead for Obesity, Diet and Lifestyle in 2007 as their new chairperson. FSA is a non-ministerial government department of the Government of the United Kingdom. It is responsible for protecting public health in relation to food in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The appointment was rubber-stamped…

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New stringent food safety standards system on import goods in UAE to be launched over next two months

UAE – The corona pandemic has focalized the world’s attention on food supplies specifically in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which imports about 90 per cent of all its food. In the previous year the pandemic coerced the UAE to assess its food supply chain after the country experienced some initial disruption. The Minister of State for Food Security, Mariam…

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IFC partners with Kenyan retailer Naivas to implement International food safety standards

KENYA – In light of the Red alert expose done by a local media company in Kenya in July 2019, more stringent measures on food safety have been employed by various supermarkets. The expose brought to the limelight how some Kenyan supermarkets apply harmful chemicals to keep the red meat color giving it a fresh look. To this end, according…

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WHO launches new handbook to help countries enhance effectiveness of their food safety systems

SWITZERLAND – As the world celebrates the World Food Safety Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new handbook to help countries address food safety challenges in their respective jurisdictions. According to a statement from the WHO, the new handbook will provide a guideline on how countries can measure their foodborne disease burden. Additionally, the handbooks provide countries with…

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Upfield Kenya joins band of manufacturers driving food safety agenda by obtaining FSSC 22000 Certification

KENYA – Upfield, the global leader in plant-based nutrition has marked the World Food Safety Day in style, as its Kenyan operations obtained the coveted Food Management System Standard certification, FSSC 22000. The maker of the blue band brand has received the certification indicating that it has implemented the most robust food safety management system while manufacturing and handling the…

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Developing countries urged to uphold food safety measures adopted during pandemic period

AFRICA – The world cannot over emphasis on the importance of ensuring the adoption of food safety practices and technologies in the entire agriculture and food value chain. This year, the globe has turned its focus on ‘Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow’, as the theme of the World Food Safety Day 2021, stressing that production and consumption of…

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Sesame becomes ninth food allergen requiring plain-language labelling in the US

US – Sesame has become the ninth food allergen for which the US Food and Drug Administration requires plain-language labelling following the signing of a new law by US President Joseph Biden. With the new law, food manufacturing companies making foods formulated with Sesame will be required to clearly label Sesame as an allergen from 1 January 2023. The legislative…

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Kenya gets US$6m from EU to boost sanitary and phytosanitary standards of fresh produce

KENYA – The European Union (EU) has granted Kenya €5 million (US$6 million) to support its horticultural sector achieve sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS) as required by the export markets. Under a four-year plan dubbed New Export Trade (NExT), EU aims at increasing the contribution of the horticultural sector to household income. Deputy Head of Delegation, EU to Kenya, Katrin…

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Food safety certification for indoor-grown leafy greens launched

GLOBAL – A new food safety certification program specifically designed for leafy greens grown using controlled environment agriculture (CEA) has been launched by the CEA Food Safety Coalition (CEA FSC). According to a press statement, the CEA FSC’s Leafy Green Module uses science-based standards to assess an operation’s food safety practices in areas including water and pesticide use, site control…

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Kenya adopts new standards to govern fast-growing food additives market

KENYA – Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), the government standards agency has approved five new standards aimed to boost the safety and quality of food additives in the market. The adopted guidelines are aimed to provide a basis to ascertain the quality, purity, and safety of the food additives, which according to KEBS Managing Director, Ltd. Col. (Rtd) Bernard Njiraini,…

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