Big Olaf ice cream linked to deadly Listeria outbreak

U.S – The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) has implicated ice cream dealer Big Olaf Creamery, in a deadly Listeria monocytogenes infections outbreak that has traversed 10 states. The CDC revealed that they had confirmed 23 cases of infection as of June 30th.Unfortunately one of the patients succumbed and another who was expectant suffered a miscarriage. It said…

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Plant proteins pioneer Roquette introduces new protein for health conscious consumers

FRANCE – Roquette, a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of plant proteins, has launched two rice proteins, that offer consumers a familiar, safe and nutritious alternative protein with premium quality and high standards of production. Rice protein is popular among nutritional applications such as special diet foods, sports nutrition or snacks. According to Innova Market Insights, product…

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Food safety solutions provider Hygiena launches new Allergen App

U.S –  Hygiena, a food safety solutions provider, has launched a new  Allergen App which it has integrated into its EnSURE Touch system, an advanced cleaning verification and monitoring system. Integration with the handheld EnSURE Touch luminometer allows the consolidation of allergen test results into overarching environmental test protocols and reporting for more insight into production safety. Moreover, Hygiena’s SureTrend…

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Barry Callebaut shuts down plant due to Salmonella contamination

BELGIUM – Production has come to a stand still at the premises of Belgian-Swiss cocoa processor and chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, after detecting Salmonella in samples of its chocolate products. Analysis at the company’s Wieze site identified Lecithin, an ingredient used in chocolate production to reduce thickness as the source of contamination hence seized production in all the processing lines.…

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Food Standards Agency report shows decline in food business inspections

UK – An in-depth review of the UK standards has shown a decline in the number of inspections of food businesses and the delay in full import controls for high-risk food and feed. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Food Standards Scotland (FSS) report comes after the food system has faced two years of major upheaval following the UK’s departure…

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FDA concludes safety evaluation of drought-tolerant HB4 Wheat

U.S – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has concluded its evaluation of the Bioceres Crop Solutions Corp proprietary drought-tolerant HB4 Wheat. Bioceres, a provider of crop productivity solutions, has revealed that upon review of all the safety and regulatory information submitted, the FDA has concluded that it has no further questions regarding the safety of HB4 Wheat, and…

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Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation receives nod to offer accreditation services

JAMAICA – Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC) has received the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recognition as an accreditation body under the Accredited Third-Party Certification Program for a period of five years. This follows extensive review of their application and on-site assessment by the FDA which verified that it meets the set minimum requirements to be accredited. Accreditation bodies…

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Identity crisis for plant-based foods in South Africa as government bans use of meat-like terms

SOUTH AFRICA – The plant-based food category has showcased fast growth over the years, edging out a substantial market share for itself. However, questions have arisen as to whether the alternative products should adopt the identity of their traditional counterparts. South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) is reported to have imposed a ban on the…

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Abu Dhabi targets pest control as way of bolstering safety, quality of local produce

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – The Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority (ADAFSA) has set out plans to bolster the quality and safety of local produce to support Abu Dhabi’s food security goals. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, in his role as Chairman of ADAFSA, outlined protocols aimed at improving the efficiency of…

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USDA modifies handling regulations for kiwifruit grown in California

U.S – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released draft regulations that seek to modify the current handling regulations prescribed under the federal marketing order for kiwifruit grown in California. This action would revise the size and uniformity requirements for all varieties of Actinidia chinensis species of kiwifruit regulated under the marketing order. A corresponding change would be made…

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