GHI unveils Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site while APAL welcomes Food Safety Culture fact sheet

AUSTRIA – The Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI), a network of individual scientists and scientific organizations working together to promote harmonization of global food safety regulations and legislation through sound science, has announced the launch of the Whistleblower Food Safety Incident Report Site. Across the world, most food industry employees dare not report information about safety concerns externally because of the…

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PCPB set to kick off risk analysis of pesticides sold in Kenya

KENYA – The Pest Control Products Board (PCPB), an agency that regulates the importation and exportation, manufacture, registration, distribution and use of pesticides in the country, has announced it will conduct a risk analysis of pesticides sold in Kenya, following a directive from a parliamentary committee. The committee had issued a report on a 2019 petition by the Biodiversity and…

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EU sets new tolerable levels for heavy metals in food

EUROPE – The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, responsible for proposing legislation, enforcing EU laws and directing the union’s administrative operations, is setting new maximum levels for cadmium and lead tolerable in a wide range of food products, to further reduce the presence of  carcinogenic contaminants in food and to make healthy food more accessible. Cadmium…

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Singapore Food Agency calls for feedback on proposed amendment to Food Regulations

SINGAPORE – Singapore Food Agency (SFA), the country’s national authority entrusted with the mission to ensure a resilient supply of food safety and food security from farm-to-fork,  is seeking feedback from the food industry, as well as interested parties, for its proposed amendments to the Food Regulations, which obliterates a majority of the standards of identity currently contained in Regulations…

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FDA reminds industry players on use of fluorinated polyethylene as food contact surfaces

U.S -The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), agency responsible for the safety and security of the United States’ (U.S) food supply, has issued a letter reminding food industry manufacturers, distributors, and users of fluorinated polyethylene food contact articles, that only certain fluorinated polyethylene containers are authorized for food contact use. The agency said it took this step to ensure that…

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Charm Sciences accorded ISO 9001:2015 Recertification

U.S – Charm Sciences, a world leader in food safety diagnostic tests, is over the moon on their International Organization for Standardization, ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) three-year recertification, for the design and manufacture of their patented Peel Plate microbial test products used in safety and quality testing of foods. Charm develops, manufactures, and quality tests the microbial detection…

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SANAS efficaciously maneuvers Joint AFRAC/SADCA Re-evaluation

South Africa – South African National Accreditation System (SANAS), has successfully undergone its joint African Accreditation Cooperation/SADC Cooperation in Accreditation (SADCA) (AFRAC/ SADCA) re-evaluation, which was held remotely. SANAS is recognized by the South African Government in Act 19 of 2006 as the single National Accreditation Body that gives formal recognition that Laboratories, Certification Bodies, Inspection Bodies, Proficiency Testing Scheme…

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AFIA publicizes new SF/SF certification program website, SCS launches FSSC 22000 V5.1 training course

U.S – The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. Animal Feed Industry and its suppliers, has unveiled its new Safe Food/Safe Feed (SF/SF) certification program website. In 2004, AFIA launched the SF/SF Certification Program to establish comprehensive standards of excellence that go beyond existing regulations to…

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Cascades Sonoco’s Birmingham facility acquires SQF Certification

U.S – Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture between Cascades Inc. and Sonoco Products Company, has announced its Birmingham facility has been Safe Quality Food (SQF) certified, a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked certification standard based on Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). SQF certification showcases certified sites’ commitment to a culture of food safety and operational excellence in food…

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Food Safety Department heightens food market surveillance as Onam Season closes in

INDIA – The district wing of the Food Safety Department, India, has beefed up surveillance and deployed special squads to conduct drives in the capital, so as to ensure the availability of good quality food products in the market during Onam season. Onam Season is an annual Hindu harvest festival celebrated in the southern Indian state of Kerala, between August…

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