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 the FSSAI number as most complaints remain unresolved due to lack of specificity. “Licensing and registration authorities are directed to widely publicize the policy and shall ensure its implementation mandatorily…

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EFSA assesses sources, mitigation measures against antimicrobial resistance, begins to consider findings on glyphosate analysis

EUROPE-The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the role of food-producing environments in the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the European Union (EU) plant-based food production, terrestrial animals (poultry, cattle and pigs) and aquaculture. Among the various sources and transmission routes identified, fertilizers of fecal origin, irrigation and surface water for plant-based food and water for aquaculture are the most significant sources of AMR.  In terrestrial animal production, potential sources are feed, humans, water, air or dust, soil, wildlife, rodents, arthropods, and equipment. The soil is…

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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 on 11 June following a hearing at the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee and is valid as from 1 July 2021. She takes over as the permanent…

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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 Al Mheiri, has revealed that the authorities responded swiftly to guarantee people’s access to vital products. The government’s policy in supporting Agri-tech companies to increase local food supply also helped.…

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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 to a report by International Finance Corporation (IFC), Naivas supermarket, Kenya’s leading and fastest growing local retailer, is one of the outlets that is adopting international food safety standards. In…

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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 information on how they can identify food safety system needs and data gaps so they can strengthen national infrastructure and better protect people’s health. “Food should sustain and support human…

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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 food products. “Our Nairobi based Blue Band manufacturing plant meets the requirements of an internationally recognized best practice approach and has been able to implement a robust food defense and…

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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 safe food has immediate and long-term benefits for people, the planet and the economy. However, according to a flagship dialogue hosted by EatSafe, developing countries have not yet made gainful…

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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 milestone marks the first time since 2004 that a new allergen has been added to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. Sesame will join peanuts, tree nuts, fish,…

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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, it’s the first step to ensure safe use as guided by the General Standard for Food additives. “As a matter of fact, the use of food additives in food processing…

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