Saudi FDA crowned 2021 winner of UN Inter-Agency Task Force Award

SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has been named champion of the United Nation’s (UN) award for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It was honored for its efforts to prevent and control these diseases through nutrition-related legislation. In line with the Vision 2030 Quality of Life Program, the authority set out in 2018 to improve public health and enable consumers to find a variety of healthier food options. The UN Inter-Agency Task Force Award on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases aims…

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Government boosts food safety by funding foodborne, AMR pathogens surveillance program

UK -The National Pharmacy Association (NPA), UK has welcomed a new £19.2 million ( USD 26697580.80) funding for a cross-Government surveillance programme to improve the detection and tracking of foodborne and antimicrobial resistant (AMR) pathogens through the agri-food system. The £19.2m, awarded through the Treasury’s Shared Outcomes Fund, will support a three-year project to develop a pilot national surveillance network. The project will use the latest DNA-sequencing technology and environmental sampling to enhance the detection and tracking of foodborne and antimicrobial resistant pathogens through the entire agri-food system from farm…

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FSSAI, ASCI join hands to curb misleading adverts in F&B sector

INDIA – The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) has signed an agreement with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), to safeguard consumers against misleading claims in food and beverage (F&B) ads, attributed in part to the surge in complaints amongst consumers, amidst the Covid 19 pandemic. ASCI will identify ads which violate provisions of Food Safety and Standards Regulations and FSSAI would further investigate these. According to a statement issued by ASCI, it will set up a three-member expert panel to evaluate foods and beverages advertising…

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FSSAI orders name change for Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil

INDIA – India’s food statutory body, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a directive for amendment in the nomenclature of ‘Blended Edible Oil’ which was recently renamed as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’. According to the direction, the ‘Multi Sourced Edible Vegetable Oil’, a term which came into effect on June 8, 2021, after the FSSAI had earlier notified the same in the official gazette, will now be referred to as ‘Multi Sourced Edible Oil’.  The term ‘vegetable’ was removed after the apex food regulator got…

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