Tanzania Bureau of Standards to sensitize food service providers on importance of food standards

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is embarking on a special campaign to enlighten food service providers on the significance of adhering to food standards, after discovering that there aren’t enough verified food service providers in Dar es Salaam. Acting Manager of the TBS’ Food Risk Assessment Unit, Dr. Ashura Kilewela, reports that there are currently more food-related…

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration proposes regulation to expand Seafood Import Monitoring Program

U.S – The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries has made public a proposed regulation to expand the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP), a risk-based program for specific species of seafood imported into the U.S., to minimize the risk of mislabeling and product substitution that is used to bypass SIMP requirements. The estimated 1,100 species currently included in the…

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South Africa releases draft labeling regulations envisioned to encourage better food choices

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s Department of Health has published a massive 238-page document referred to as the Regulations Relating to the Labelling and Advertising of Foodstuffs that seeks to make significant changes to the way food items are labeled on store shelves in South Africa. The proposed changes reinforce many of the regulations that are already in place in…

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Consumer Brands Association urges FDA to make bold reforms that incorporate full unification of its Human and Animal Foods Program

U.S – The Consumer Brands Association (CBA), a United States-wide trade association for manufacturers of consumer packaged goods, has reiterated the need for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to make bold reforms that incorporate full unification of the Human and Animal Foods Program under an expert leader. This follows the agency’s announcement regarding recommendations in the Reagan-Udall Foundation report…

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USAID launches Safe Fish Certification and Licensing Scheme in Ghana

GHANA – Under the slogan “Safe Fish, Better Health,” the U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has introduced the Safe Fish Certification and Licensing Scheme (SFCLS) in collaboration with the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development in Ghana. As part of the program, fish processors will adopt a code of conduct to adhere to safety and…

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NAFDAC nabs producers of unwholesome food products

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has arrested eight suspects in Niger State for allegedly producing unwholesome ice cream, yoghurt, and bread. Mr. Shaba Mohammed, Director of the agency’s North Central Zone made this statement following an agency surveillance in the state’s Suleja region. “During our surveillance in Suleja today, we discovered a…

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Standards Organisation of Nigeria holds expo to root for MANCAP-certified products

NIGERIA – To increase the consumption of standardized products in the nation, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) organized an expo for MANCAP-certified products in Kano. The exhibition which also marked SON’s 50th anniversary had participants dealing in the manufacture of rice, cooking, and other products.  The goal of the exhibition, according to Mallam Farouk Salim, Director General of the…

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SGS India receives 13th Food Safety Award 2022 for Outstanding Laboratory Performance

INDIA – SGS Testing laboratory based in Ambattur, Chennai has been awarded the 13th Food Safety Award 2022 for Outstanding Laboratory Performance – Food Testing Laboratories by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – Food and Agriculture Center of Excellence (FACE) – India’s leading resource center for driving food safety and nutrition in the food processing industry. The CII Award…

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South African Bureau of Standards exhorts consumers to be more attentive to product packaging, labeling

SOUTH AFRICA – The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has urged consumers to be more watchful when making food purchases by carefully reading packages and labelling due to load shedding, water limitations, and the warm weather. This also entails making sure that fundamental food hygiene procedures are followed when acquiring and preparing food. To make sure South Africans’ food…

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EU modifies controls on imported food products

EUROPE – In accordance with revised legislation on the frequency of official controls and emergency measures for food of non-animal origin imported into Europe, modified every six months, the European Commission has relaxed checks on certain commodities and increased controls on others. Decisions are taken in the first half of 2022 based on notifications posted to the Rapid Alert System…

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