Lack of oversight impedes food fraud regulation in Sub-Saharan Africa

AFRICA – A study titled, “Food fraud amid COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa: A challenge of the present”, has intimated that lack of oversight and a wide range of informal markets have made it challenging to regulate food fraud in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The study led by Dr Helen Onyeaka, Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, states that the disruption caused…

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FAO/WHO expert committee finalizes discussions on mitigating microbial contamination in fruits, vegetables

GLOBAL – The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meetings on Microbial Risk Assessment (JEMRA) has concluded that Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) coupled with Good Hygiene Practices (GHP) during cultivation and harvest, are the most effective means of mitigating the risk of microbial contamination. JEMRA had a session on the prevention and control of microbiological hazards in fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the…

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Study aims to help ensure adherence to retail program standards

U.S – The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has stressed the importance of state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions work toward conformance to Standard 9, as it provides a framework for alignment with the other eight Retail Program Standards. This was in a study titled, “Analysis of Factors Impacting the Implementation of Effective Intervention Strategies”,  conducted…

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Arizona LGMA updates food safety requirements for 2022-2023 growing season

U.S – The Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement (Arizona LGMA) Food Safety Committee has signed off multiple modifications to the food safety requirements that all members are required to stick to. In November, when harvest for the 2022–2023 growing season begins, Arizona Department of Food and Agriculture auditors will start confirming compliance with the rules, which took effect on September…

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Compliance with FDA Food Code key to mitigating norovirus in restaurants

U.S – A study on mitigating the risk of contracting norovirus from the consumption of foods prepared in food service establishments has revealed that full compliance with FDA Food Code recommendations for hand hygiene and the exclusion of ill food employees from the workplace have the largest impact. The study, conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration used an…

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KEBS suspends sale of 10 edible fats, cooking oil brands in Kenya over non-compliance

KENYA – The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has suspended the sale of ten brands of edible oil and fats in the market for failing to fulfil the acceptable standards and ordered for their immediate recall. In a letter addressed to the Retail Traders Association of Kenya (RETRAK), the standards body highlighted it recently sampled and analyzed brands of edible…

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Committee finalizes review of Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme

IRELAND – The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC), under the guidance of the FQAS Standard Setting Committee, has finalized the review of the Northern Ireland Beef and Lamb Farm Quality Assurance Scheme (NIBL FQAS) expected to take effect from November 1, 2022. The formal review process, which began last autumn, saw the committee complete a root and branch review of…

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FSSAI launches Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) amendments

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) First Amendment Regulations, 2022, which establish standards for product shelf life and nutritional information. The amendment stipulates that cholesterol content must only be disclosed for products containing fats of animal origin and when total fat content is greater than…

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Ghana launches mobile application to support fish farming

GHANA – Ghana has launched a mobile application that supports fish farming management and marketing, wrapping up a three-year study on aquaculture enhancement in the nation. The fish farm tracker App offers a computerized solution for business and economic management, general record keeping, data collection, administration of production, basic fish health and water quality monitoring, and management of fish farms.…

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GFSI recognizes Equitable Food Initiative’s food safety certification

U.S – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has acknowledged Equitable Food Initiative’s food safety certification, making it the only fresh produce certification that satisfies multiple retail requirements in a single audit. Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a nonprofit certification and worker training program for fresh produce that brings together growers, farm workers, retailers and consumers to transform agriculture and…

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