Superbrewed Food’s postbiotic cultured protein achieves self-affirmed GRAS

U.S – Superbrewed Food, a nutrition and health company, has announced that its proprietary postbiotic cultured protein has achieved self-affirmed generally recognized as safe (GRAS) status, making it the first in the line of  microbiome-derived protein. In accordance with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements, an independent panel of experts reviewed Superbrewed Food’s safety dossier on its postbiotic…

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Health of Mother Earth Foundation calls for ban of GM Cowpea in Nigeria

NIGERIA – A coalition of non-governmental organizations, farmer groups and research experts have called on the Nigerian government to immediately ban the distribution of Genetically Modified (GM) Cowpea, a popularly known bean among Nigerian farmers. The group known as the Health of Mother Earth Foundation also called for the urgent need for the Nigerian government to reinforce the nation’s biosafety…

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GLOBALG.A.P. launches revised IFA Version 6, GRASP Version 2

U.S – GLOBALG.A.P. North America, Inc., a farm assurance program, has announced the launch of GLOBALG.A.P.’s revised Integrated Farm Assurance (IFA) standard Version 6 and the GLOBALG.A.P. Risk Assessment on Social Practice (GRASP) add-on Version 2. The new products, representing the first implementation stage of the new smart farm assurance solutions vision,  offer streamlined, impact-driven, and connected solutions for the…

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NAFDAC cautions Nigerians against addition of chemicals to food

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned Nigerians to desist from adding chemicals to food for whatever reasons, something it has continually reiterated. The warning was in response to alleged mixing of chemicals like Jatropha Curcas leaves, hypo detergent and potash with Akpu, popularly known as Fufu, to make it rise, be…

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Vietnam’s HCM City to reinforce food safety inspections

VIETNAM – In a bid to strengthen food safety, Ho Chi Minh City’s (HCM’s City) Food Safety and Hygiene Management Board will closely monitor foods sold by retailers to ensure customers buy products with clear origin. City authorities are also urging consumers to buy products with clear labels on origin. The board, the city Department of Industry and Trade, and…

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Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat sensitizes egg producers on quality standards

GHANA – Ghana National Egg Campaign Secretariat (GNECS) in collaboration with the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have organized a day’s training on egg standards for egg sellers and producers in Ho, the Volta Regional Capital. About 50 participants, mainly cooperative groups from Kaneshie, Mallam Attah, Dome and Achimota markets, received training on…

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Kwame Nkrumah University researchers discover labelling malpractices in Ghana-made ginger powder

GHANA – A study by scientists at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has unearthed the labelling malpractices in most Ghana-made ginger powder. Ginger is indispensable in our homes, especially in cuisine. Its usage increased during the height of the covid-19 pandemic as many perceived it to possess anti-Covid-19 activity, especially in reducing lung inflammation. This study, published…

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KEBS hands Indomie in Kenyan market clean bill of health

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has handed a clean bill of health to the recently recalled brand of instant noodles Indomie said to be laden with excess amounts of pesticide residues and aflatoxins. The regulator has cleared the air saying that the products in Kenya are in no way linked to the ones recalled in Egypt. Bernard…

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Agriculture and Food Authority Kenya imposes stricter avocado maturity indices to safeguard export market

KENYA – Kenya’s Agriculture and Food Authority (AFA) has reviewed the country’s avocado maturity indices and post-harvest handling process to safeguard the export market as global demand for the fruit surges. According to the new regulations, Kenya will now only export fruits that have a minimum of 24 per cent dry matter, as opposed to the the current 20 percent…

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FSSAI, Ministry of Ayush formulate standards for ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ category

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in partnership with the Ministry of Ayush (MOA), has formulated regulations of safety and quality standards for food products under ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ category. According to the regulation, manufacturing and marketing of ‘Ayurveda Aahara’ products will now adhere to strict Food Safety and Standards (Ayurveda Aahara) Regulations, 2022 rules and…

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