FSSAI awards hygiene certificates to child care centres in India

INDIA – Twenty-five rural child care centres in India (Anganwadi) of Kanniyakumari district have received Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Hygiene Rating Certificates based following a review by the authority. Anganwadis were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. According to Collector M.…

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National Cereals & Produce Board obtains ISO 9001:2015 Certification

KENYA – The National Cereal and Produce Board (NCPB), a state corporation whose mandate includes procuring and managing the Country’s Strategic Food Reserve (SFR), has been accorded the International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001:2015, certification, as a corroboration of the quality of their products and services to consumer. The ISO 9001:2015 which is a Quality Management System standard helps ensure…

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FAO/WHO Committee put out threshold levels for food allergens

GLOBAL – The Food and Agriculture Organization has published the threshold levels in foods of the priority allergens arrived at in the second in a series of three meetings of an ad hoc Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergen. The meeting was held from 15 March to 2 April 2021. An Expert Committee, comprising scientists, regulators,…

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FoodChain ID’s subsidiary to offer organic certification services in Mexico

U.S – FoodChain ID, one of the world’s leading food safety, testing and sustainability organizations, has in response to the Mexican Organic Products Regulation (LPO), which goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, broadened the scope of its certification services to encompass organic certification for products sold in Mexico via its subsidiary Agricert MX. The Mexico Organic Products Law requires…

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FAO strives to boost food quality & safety in Pacific Island countries

PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES – The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), is currently employing interventions in the Pacific Islands to back the formulation of food control legislation (Fiji); deliver training laboratory services and improve food safety, hygiene and biosecurity in fresh markets and enhance capacities for participation in Codex standard-setting. Many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) treasure their traditions and uphold…

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Tanzania meat processing centers assessed prior to exporting meat to Saudi Arabia

TANZANIA – The Saudi Arabian delegation led by the country’s Food and Drug Authority inspector, Ahmed Alhajouj, has inspected areas involved in the processing of livestock products including abattoirs, laboratories and had discussions with the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) in order for Tanzania to start exporting meat products to the country. Apart from the inspection, the mission also made…

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Tanzania Dairy Board confiscates smuggled milk products

TANZANIA – The Tanzania Dairy Board (TDB), the country’s dairy industry watch dog has withdrawn from the market different counterfeit and unlicensed milk products that have been smuggled into the country from varied countries by some unscrupulous traders. They also seized expired milk products at various retail outlets and supermarkets within the country’s capital, Dodoma. The Registrar of Tanzania Dairy…

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China’s SAMR develops new consumer guidelines to avert sesame oil adulteration

CHINA – China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), the regulator in charge of market order in China, has issued new consumer guidelines regarding sesame oil due to adulteration concerns. The regulator has implored consumers to be on the lookout for blended sesame oil by being more vigilant in checking the product labels. “Sesame oil is undoubtedly one of the…

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Ghana NBA roots for science as means of approving Genetically Modified products

GHANA – The National Biosafety Authority (NBA) and the Ministry of Science and Technology, which regulate Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs), have declared that only proven scientific knowledge and not misinformation will inform their decision on whether to permit the open cultivation of the GM pod borer-resistant (PBR) cowpea. Research to produce Ghana’s variety of GM cowpea has been ongoing since…

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FDA-SENASICA-Cofepris convene to reflect on partnership strides

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its regulatory counterparts in Mexico have held the premier Food Safety Partnership Annual Meeting, a significant milestone in food safety, as part of their ongoing efforts to ensure the safety of food imported from Mexico and advance protections for consumers in both countries. The counterparts include the Federal Commission for…

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