ISO holds annual meeting in Abu Dhabi

UAE – The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is holding the largest international gathering for standards in its first in-person Annual Meeting in more than two years, centered around the theme “collaboration for good”. The world’s top leaders from standards, business, civil society, academia and media are attending the meeting in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), hosted by the…

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Morocco earns organic standard “Bio-Maroc” certification

MOROCCO – Morocco has during Biofach-2022, the world’s largest trade event for organic foods, earned the  certificate of admission for the Moroccan organic standard “Bio-Maroc”, as evidence of its compliance with the IFOAM – Organics International (OI) criteria. The accreditation was granted following a “comprehensive” evaluation of Morocco’s “Bio-Maroc” national organic standards in conformity to the Common Objectives and Requirements…

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FAO promotes implementation of biosafety, biosecurity in veterinary laboratories

GHANA – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has concluded a five-day workshop to accelerate the adoption of a regional approach in the implementation of biosafety and biosecurity measures in veterinary laboratories. Veterinary diagnostic and research laboratories play a vital role in public health, animal disease diagnosis, surveillance, food safety and animal welfare, FAO notes. Potential…

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FAO underscores significance of food safety in improving cross-border trade

EAST AFRICA – Representatives drawn from various sectors in East Africa have been trained on Food Safety and Coordination on Border Regulations towards improving the safe trade of agro-food commodities in the region. The Eastern Africa (EA) Subregional Office of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) jointly sponsored the training…

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Government dispels claims of harmful chemicals used for preserving fish

TANZANIA – The widely reported claim that some people were using chemicals for embalming dead bodies to preserve fish has prompted the Tanzania authorities to take a strong stand, maintaining that all fish products are safe and suitable for human use. Abdallah Ulega, the Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, made the statement in the August House in response to…

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NAFDAC to reinforce surveillance activities in Kaduna state

NIGERIA – The National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is set to embark on surveillance visits to restaurants and fast food outlets in Kaduna state. The goal, according to Nasiru Mato, the State Coordinator for NAFDAC, is to ensure the operators adhere to appropriate hygiene practices. According to Mr. Mato, the agency had noticed that several…

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CP Foods reinforces commitment to animal welfare, attains Farm F1rst assurance

THAILAND – Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CP Foods), a global top three producer of poultry and pork,  has become the first Thai company to secure the UK’s Farm F1rst certification for its chicken production process, affirming its commitment to food security and safe supply chain that underpins animal welfare. The certification amplified CP Foods’ traceable and internationally-recognized practices on animal…

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CP Foods beefs up food safety, turns to healthier product innovations

THAILAND – CP Foods, one of the world’s largest food and beverage conglomerates, has opted to shift focus on innovation of healthier products and ensuring food safety, as part of meeting its sustainability goals. Unhealthy food is responsible for 8 million premature deaths worldwide each year and contributes to healthcare costs related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) estimated to exceed USD…

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Consumers in Kenya to gain access to variety of fortified foods

KENYA – Non-profit international development organization TechnoServe has launched a program known as the Technical Assistance Accelerator Programme (TAAP), aimed at increasing the diversity of fortified foods available to consumers. During the launch of the programme that was also graced by private sector and Government agencies, Dominic Schofield, the Director of the TechnoServe Global Program, explained how the program will…

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Nigeria yet again takes strides in regulating GM sector, adopts stacked genes regulations

NIGERIA – Nigeria has adopted national guidelines on the regulation of genetically modified plants with a combination of two or more genes of interest in the genome of a single plant (stacked genes). The objective of these guidelines is to provide guidance and information on the risk assessment and risk management requirements and procedures for plants with Genetically Modified (GM)…

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