FDA to restructure Human Foods Program to establish proactive approach in tackling crisis 

U.S – To better assist the organization as a whole, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unveiled a new, transformative vision for the Human Foods Program and the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA). The concept calls for the establishment of a consolidated Human Foods Program with a single Director reporting directly to the FDA Commissioner, eliminating duplications, and…

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Markem-Imaje receives BRC Certification for its Continuous Inkjet inks

SWITZERLAND – Markem-Imaje, a product identification & traceability solutions provider, has received the BRC Global Standard (BRCGS) certification for Packaging Materials, a globally recognized benchmark that validates that products are safe, legally compliant, and high quality. The company received the certification at its Bourg-Lès-Valence, France, manufacturing facility for Continuous Inkjet (CIJ) inks following a thorough evaluation by a third-party certification…

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Daniele International LLC recalls Listeria-contaminated sausages

U.S – Daniele International LLC, an American maker of Italian-style foods, has issued a recall for more than 50,000 pounds of sausage that is often used to make charcuterie boards due to probable listeria contamination. The meat was sold under the brand names Del EL Duca’s Sopressata, Coppa & Genoa Salami; Calabrese, Prosciutto & Coppa; and Salami, Uncured Pepperoni &…

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Millers protest as UNBS shuts down grain milling facilities in Masaka

UGANDA – The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has closed down about 25 grain milling facilities in the Masaka region due to non-compliance with standards, a move that has left the millers with a bitter taste in their mouths. The affected maize plants are in Bukomansimbi, Kyotera, Kalungu, and Masaka districts, where the proprietors were found operating without certification…

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Police impound consignment of counterfeit liquor in Murang’a

KENYA – Police in Murang’a County have seized assorted brands of fake alcohol that were stashed in a local pub in Murang’a town. Thomas Nyoro, the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) for Murang’a East, reported that the police seized counterfeit alcohol worth ksh200,000 (U.S$ 1606) from a bar in the Grogon neighborhood because the alcohol brands lacked standardization marks for products…

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Nigeria to soon implement trans fat best policy

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has noted that Nigeria has already completed the process of eliminating trans-fat from the country’s food supply chain. The organization announced this at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) fourth “Countdown to 2023” report. The report is an annual collection of the advancements made in…

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FDA Ghana suspends food establishment linked to five fatalities, 40 hospitalizations

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Ghana has suspended the Yellow Sisi Waakye joint linked to a foodborne outbreak that has left over 40 people hospitalized at Oyibi and five dead. The FDA said in line with the Food Safety Emergency Response Plan, a joint investigation with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) commenced immediately after the incident came…

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FSSAI endeavors to close Basmati rice adulteration loop by specifying standards

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has for the first time specified the identity standards for basmati rice varieties, including brown, milled, parboiled, and milled parboiled, to ensure the supply of standardized genuine rice in domestic and export markets. Since “basmati rice is prone to many sorts of adulteration for economic benefits, which may involve,…

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FSSAI calls for action against misleading vegan labels

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has instructed all of its Regional Directors and Commissioners of Food Security to make sure that food business operators (FBOs) and e-commerce platforms don’t deceive customers when selling ghee and butter. This is after the FSSAI has discovered that some FBOs are utilizing dairy words to market their non-dairy…

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Norway to ramp up formal controls following audit

NORWAY – Norway has been advised to reinforce controls following audits conducted in 2022 that looked at the poultry meat products and imports of food and feed of non-animal origin sectors. The audit team comprised two auditors from the EFTA Surveillance Authority and an observer from the Health and Food Audits and Analysis Directorate (Directorate F) of the Directorate General…

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