FAO validates 2021 Rapid Food Consumption Survey in Gambia

GAMBIA – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and partners have validated the 2021 Rapid Food Consumption Survey at the International conference center in Bijilo. As a pre-requisite in assessing the potential nutritional impact of food fortification and biofortification programs, FAO through the European Union-FAO co-funded project titled “Improving food security and nutrition in The Gambia through Food…

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Market leader in food-grade gases attains FSSC 22000 certification

SOUTH AFRICA – African Oxygen (Pty) Limited (Afrox), sub-Saharan Africa’s market leader in gases and welding products, has culminated a two-year project to certify its Western Cape and Gauteng gas production and filling facilities to meet the FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management Standard (FSMS). The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) is the comprehensive certification scheme for food safety management that…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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