Three companies join GFSI coalition reinforcing its position in ensuring safe food

GLOBAL – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has expanded its membership with the addition of three new members Kersia, McDonalds, and YUM! Brand. According to GFSI, the new members display their commitment towards strengthening GFSI’s position of ensuring access to safe food for people everywhere. The Coalition’s membership now totals 42 Companies, all of whom are members of The…

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FDA proposes amendment to requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging

U.S – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended an amendment to the requirements for using ‘healthy’ labels on food packaging, so as to be consistent with present nutrition science, the Nutrition Facts label and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The proposed rule intends to more accurately take into account how nutrients from different food groups interact and…

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Israeli government adopts European food safety standards to lower cost of living

ISRAEL – In an effort to lower the exorbitant cost of living in the nation, the Israeli government has authorized a plan to follow European food safety standards, abolishing the great majority of Israeli requirements. The changes will affect the production and import of items such as canned vegetables, pasta, rice, candies, spices, soup powder, condiments and milk products, among…

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Food Standards Scotland cautions on repercussions of Retained EU Law

SCOTLAND – Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has issued a warning that if the Retained EU Law (Reform and Revocation) Bill is advanced in its current form, there are significant risks and effects for Scottish consumers in relation to food safety and standards. The Bill was announced in January 2022 with the intention of making it simpler to change, replace, and…

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FDA launches two strategies for combating foodborne outbreaks in mushrooms, onions

U.S – As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) New Era of Smarter Food Safety’s Foodborne Outbreak Response Improvement Plan, the regulator has launched two new food safety prevention techniques to stop outbreaks of foodborne illnesses. The strategies aim to prevent outbreaks of foodborne listeriosis and salmonellosis linked to imported enoki and wood ear mushrooms as well…

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FDA publishes current initiatives to improve safety of imported food

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published an overview of its current initiatives to improve the safety of imported food in a paper titled “Activities to Enhance the Safety of Imported Produce”. The document comes after the FDA’s 2019 document, “Strategy for the Safety of Imported Food (Import Strategy),” which outlines the organization’s strategy to improve…

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Tanzania picks up tips on Codex work, food safety standards from Uganda

UGANDA/TANZANIA – Uganda’s National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), which also serves as the CCAFRICA Coordinator, has completed a four-day session of twinning and mentoring on Codex Activities between Tanzania and Uganda. The twinning agreement’s goal is to reinforce member nations’ capacity and effectiveness in managing Codex activities, particularly with regard to chairing electronic working groups and hosting and co-hosting Codex…

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Egerton University researchers reveal contamination in most Nakuru meat

KENYA – Barely a year after the United Kingdom-based World Animal Protection revealed the contamination of meat stocked in outlets across the country, Egerton University researchers have also unearthed a similar finding in Nakuru county. The study which evaluated microbiological safety of meat and ready-to-eat (RTE) meat products in urban and peri-urban parts of the county, indicates that the presence…

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Edible oil manufacturers dispute KEBS suspension of products

KENYA – Following the suspension of several brands of edible oil in the Kenyan market, sector players are now calling for joint testing of the claimed non-compliant batches. The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) last week suspended the sale of 10 brands after subjecting the oil and fats to tests at their laboratory against the requirements of the Standards Act,…

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Tanzania Bureau of Standards trains stakeholders on metrology science

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) has trained staff dealing with production and measurement in industries from four Lake Zone regions in metrology science to help them ensure correct measurements in the products produced. The training conducted in the regions of Kagera, Mwanza, Mara and Shinyanga was under the theme, “Metrology, key for quality control”. Speaking during the…

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